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This Lemon Yogurt Cake without butter has a perfect moist texture and an amazing lemon flavor. Lemon Pound cake from Starbucks inspired me to try out this easy and delicious recipe from Ina Garten (foodnetwork.com). Hope you will like it 🙂

This Lemon Yogurt Cake without butter has a perfect moist texture and an amazing lemon flavor. An easy and delicious recipe from Ina Garten.

For more pound cake recipes check out

Orange Pound Cake
Vanilla Pound Cake


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  • Course Dessert
  • Cuisine english
  • Yield 8 serving
  • Cooking Time 1 hour
  • Total Time 1 hour


all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups
baking powder
2 tsps
1/4 tsp
Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
1 cup
Granulated Sugar
1 cup
Extra Large Egg
lemon zest (grated)
2 tsps
Pure Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp
vegetable oil
1/2 cup
Lemon Syrup
Granulated Sugar
1/3 cup
lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1/3 cup
Glaze (optional)
Confectioner's Sugar
1 cup
lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1/3 cup


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F or 180C. Grease a 8 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. You can also use a 8 inch round pan.
  2. To prepare cake - Sift together the dry ingredients - flour, baking powder and salt into one bowl.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Make sure that lemon zest is cut into small pieces.  Refer the notes for the measurement of eggs.
  4. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it's all incorporated.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake for around 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  7. While the cakes bake, prepare the lemon syrup. Cook granulated sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. ** Never miss this step. It adds a lot on to the flavor. Also, adjust the sugar in the syrup based on your taste.
  8. When the cake is done, let them cool for 10 minutes. Poke holes in the cake and spoon the lemon syrup over the cake. Allow the cake to cool completely.
  9. To prepare the glaze (optional) - combine sugar and lemon juice in a bowl until smooth.
  10. Pour over the top of cakes and allow the glaze to dry. Enjoy 🙂


  • A large egg equals 3-1/2 tablespoons of beaten egg. An extra large egg equals 4 tablespoons. In this recipe, it calls for 3 extra large eggs. I used 3 large eggs plus 1-1/2 tablespoon beaten egg.
  • If you do not have a sweet tooth and do not wanna make the cake too sweet, avoid the glaze.
Lemon Yogurt Cake (Without Butter)

Questions & Answers

Is it alright to find the cake batter overflowing on the sides of the pan?

Whenever it is about baking, every step is very crucial to the final look of the cake. A missed calculation on the ingredients can significantly affect the baking process, and the same goes for the baking equipment used. Use the pan as per what the recipe says. If you don’t have the exact pan, choose a pan of another shape with the same volume. The reason why the cake batter overflowed on the sides of the pan is that the tin is small. Keep in mind that you need to choose your baking equipment wisely.

For you, what would be the great cake pans? What would be the best for beginners? Can you give me some suggestions, please?

The cake pan or cake tin that are best to use for any cakes would be the sturdy one which is also single-wall aluminum pans, with or without nonstick coating. And of course, check the sizes as well as the shapes. The standard size and shape would be around 8×1½-inch or 9×1½-inch round pans. Recommended pan in this recipe is 8 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. You can refer https://www.joyofbaking.com/PanSizes.html for different substitutions.

I forgot to prepare the pan properly. Can I still fix the cake?

Greasing, lining or flouring the pan is essential so that the cake won’t stick to the pan. Lining with parchment paper is the best option. But in your case, it would be bit difficult to remove the cake so it can potentially ruin the shape or the overall structure of your cake. You will need a little magic with frosting the cake to add a lovely look 🙂

When prepping the pan or cake tin, can I use pastry brush? Or is there any alternative tool I can use?

Yes, a pastry brush is the best tool you can use when you’re going to grease or flour the cake tin. But you can also try using the paper towel to evenly spread the shortening or butter all over the inside of the cake tin.

How can I avoid a dry cake?

Use ingredients as instructed. Make sure that you check the cake’s doneness and avoid overbaking it.

What can I use to check if my cake is done or properly baked?

Simply by using a wooden toothpick. Insert it at the center of the cake, and when it comes out clean, then the cake is done.

Is there a trick to easily remove the cake from the pan?

Once the cake is completely cooled, use a knife or spatula to run around the edges. It will loosen the cake so you can easily remove it from the pan. Place a wire rack on top of the cake pan and invert the pan and the rack together to release the cake over to the rack.

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