Many new experiences have accompanied my recent move to Phoenix. The landscape and population are the two that are probably most obvious. This huge city surrounded by desert mountains stands in stark contrast to the small Oregon town I had previously called home. Interestingly, one of my favorite things about this new city is neither of these things. It seems small, but the orange, lemon and grapefruit trees that are so common here fascinate me. Having never seen a citrus tree, I have fallen in love with their beauty and delicious scent.
Driving down the street, gorgeous orange trees line the road. Just the sight, makes me crave their sweet fruit. Actually, it was in my car that I first thought of incorporating this local delicacy into a cake. I am so glad I did too, because this moist cake is scrumptious. I have already made (and ate) two loaves!
With healthy Greek yogurt and fresh squeezed orange juice, this recipe delivers a moist and flavorful cake that you will make again and again.
Orange Vanilla Yogurt Cake Recipe
Adapted from Ina Garton’s Lemon Yogurt Cake
For the cake:
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tsp orange zest
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
For the glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 TBS fresh orange juice
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grease and flour one 8.5 by 4.25 by 2.5-inch loaf pan.
3. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
4. In another bowl, combine yogurt, sugar, eggs, orange zest and vanilla.
5. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
6. Add the vegetable oil and stir gently until it becomes fully incorporated.
7. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes.
8. Remove from oven and let cool.
9. For the glaze, mix the powdered sugar and orange juice together.
10. Place cake on a baking rack, and drizzle with the glaze.
Slice and enjoy!
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