Yogurt Cake With Sweet Wine Cherries

by | Jun 26, 2012 | 17 comments

Yogurt Cake With Sweet Wine Cherries

Don't you just love the creamy texture of Greek yogurt? Especially if it is swirled with delicate citrus zest, like a white snowfield lit up with a thousand fireflies. Now imagine that flavour, the zesty tang in a dense and moist cake form. Top that gastronomic fantasy with booze infused sweet cherries. Aaaah!

Yogurt Cake With Sweet Wine Cherries

This is a simple cake. Quite healthy. Quick to bake. One of those blank canvas cakes that I love so so much. On most days, I love to eat a big slice with a generous dusting of icing sugar. For a special treat, I make a compote or poach some seasonal fruit in liqueur to go along with the cake. When it bakes slowly, the top is like a huge dollop of snow white yogurt blushing golden. You look at the cake and you just know that it was baked with yogurt. It has that swirly, dollop induced creamy quality to it.

Cake Styling Visual Process - Yogurt Cake With Cherries

Slice Of Yogurt Cake




Yogurt Cake With Sweet Wine Cherries

adapted from Delicious - Simply The Best by Valli Little

A simple, healthy cake with the tang of Greek yogurt and the sweetness of wine and vanilla poached cherries.

Preparation Time - 10 minutes
Cooking Time - 45 minutes
Makes - To Serve 6



for the cake
1 cup Greek yogurt (thick)
1 cup caster sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/3 cup rice bran oil
pinch of salt
1 2/3 cups plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
finely grated zest of 1 orange



for the cherries
1 cup red wine (I used Shiraz)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup caster sugar
1 tablespoon grated zest of orange
10-12 fresh cherries




to make the cake

Pre-heat oven to 170C. Grease and line a 20cm round springform tin with baking paper.

Combine yogurt, caster sugar, vanilla extract and salt in a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until pale. Add the eggs and beat for another minute. Add the oil and beat for a couple of minutes until mixture is light and fluffy. Add the flour, baking powder and zest. Beat until completely mixed for a minute or two.

Spoon batter into prepared tin and bake in the oven for approximately 45 minutes until cooked through and golden on top.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin.


to make the cherries

Combine all ingredients in a heavy bottomed saucepan on low heat. Simmer, stirring gently from time to time for around 20-25 minutes. The liquid should be of the consistency of a runny syrup, a tiny bit sticky but not too much.

Scoop cherries and poaching liquid onto the cake to serve.



Note - This cake was baked in the Profiline Push Pan that was sent to me to be reviewed. It is a springform pan like no other. It has a silicone seal at the base, so no clips or sneaky leaks. I love it. It is so easy to use and I don't even have to line my pan in most cases. A truly gorgeous and ingenius product if you happen to be an avid baker.


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  1. Sanjeeta KK

    Love those natural folds around the corner of the cake..and cherries soaked in wine..Hmm..heaven!

  2. Rosa

    What a delicious looking cake! Those sweet wine cherries are a great addition. Perfect!



  3. thelittleloaf

    I love cakes made with yoghurt - it adds such a lovely moistness and makes the crumb so tender. I've been buying mountains of cherries recently as they're so plump and delicious at the moment - gorgeous recipe.

  4. chinmayie @ love food eat

    That cake looks creamy and dense... I am sure the yogurt makes it delicious.
    I want some cherries like now!

  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I love a simple cake with cherries - this is my idea of perfection!

  6. Jen @ Savory Simple

    This looks so incredibly moist!

  7. Lauren | Sweet Splendor

    As someone who is a huge yogurt fan, I can't believe I've never heard of yogurt cake before! It looks delicious & I want to give this a try sometime soon! Thx for sharing!!

  8. Eileen

    I was all ready to go to the farmer's market and find some of this delicious-sounding new type of cherry--and then I read the recipe. Ha! That cake does sound great, and wine-soaked cherries will make it all the better. 🙂

  9. Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul

    You don't have to convince me about Greek yoghurt! I love it! What a great concept this cake is and those boozy cherries are just divine on top. Great stuff Sneh!

  10. TastefullyJulie

    Wow, this cake looks amazingly moist and delicious!

  11. anh@anhsfoodblog.com

    what a beautiful cake! Where did you get fresh cherries? Now? i want some! 🙂

    • Sneh

      Anh, they are everywhere! I got a bag from the Thursday markets at Hornsby, but I saw some lovely fresh ones at Woolies last night.

  12. Nic@diningwithastud

    I love how moist this looks! Gorgeous

  13. Meeta

    "like a white snowfield lit up with a thousand fireflies" what vivid imagery ... love it. Just like I am loving this cake. I adore yogurt, quark, creme fraiche in cakes added with zesty citrus flavors. It's a pairing that is meant to be. I like the way you take it up a level with the cherries!

  14. Coco

    Almost looks like baked brie....but BETTER!

  15. Petra

    Mmh yum, this is going to be my weekend baking project. Love the photos.

  16. Mel

    I love cakes made with yoghurt...they have that little something extra. I can't wait to try this one


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