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Gateau au yaourt with a twist

I love Gâteau au yaourt,

It’s the easiest and most delicious cake, perfect to make at the last minute with what is left in the fridge or in the pantry -and at home, there’s always eggs, flour, oil, sugar, and… yogurt somewhere.

The first cake you learn to make when you’re French – I can definitely see Madame Turpin teaching us at a14_-_yaourt-maloschool. It’s so easy !

You usually make it straight with a “pot de yaourt”, a store bought yogurt that is usually sold in an individual container, in France. Something like this. (by the way this might definitely be my favorite yogurt brand in France, Malo yogurts, made traditionally !)


The idea is, you use a pot as a scale. Empty the yogurt can, and then fill it with the other ingredients. So easy even my 2 1/2 year old can make it! Ok, he didn’t break the eggs, and just added the ingredients to the bowl of the stand in mixer, but still!

Toddler cutting cake gateau au yaourt

For all of you who can’t find individual yogurt cups, don’t worry, I adapted the recipe to cups too (de rien!)

And this time, I added my own personal twist : apples and ginger. That’s also what I love about that recipe : you can just make it as is, or add fruits, (my grandmother adds quartered apples), grated lemon peels… It always works, and it’s always delicious!

So here it goes


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 yogurt cup, plain, whole milk (or 2/3 US cup )
  • 1 (yogurt cup) canola or olive oil (or 2/3 US cup)
  • 2 (yogurt cups) sugar (1 cup and 1/3 US cup)
  • 3 (yogurt cups) flour (or 2 US cups)
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 apples, grated

Gateau au yaourt with ginger and applesHow to make it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 340°F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the yogurt with the eggs. Clean the cup, and use it to measure the oil. Add the oil, the sugar, the flour,  the baking powder and the salt, and whisk until you get a homogeneous mixture.
  3. Grate the ginger and the apples thin ( I use a Microplane Grater Box, Great but careful to your fingers!), and add to the batter
  4. Butter a round 8 inches baking dish, and pour the batter in it.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes.

Et voilà! It’s great for tea or for breakfast… The ginger and apple add a little twist that I just love

Tell me what you think! And send pictures if you make it!
Bon appétit les amis


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