"I'm forever pinning recipes...." (sung to "I'm forever blowing bubbles"). And it's true. The last thing I do at night, before I turn off the computer is check Pinterest for recipes. I have to admit that about 80% of recipes I see are related to S'mores, peanut butter and chocolate or brownies in some way but the odd one comes up that makes my mouth water and I can think of nothing else until I make it. Lemons and blueberries was the case this time.
This was the culprit. A Lemon-Blueberry Yoghurt Loaf by Sweet Pea's Kitchen. The recipe is adapted from a Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten) recipe. I just love cakes made with yoghurt. The cake is more dense without being rich and not so sweet. This recipe didn't disappoint. I made them in individual cupcake wrappers as they're easier for little fingers and my portion control. I can also pop them in the freezer easily too.
The cake is your typical cake recipe but what's special about these is that after baking, they are brushed with a lemon sugar syrup a couple of times, adding to the lemon flavour and then topped with a lemon drizzle icing.
Even on their own, without the blueberries, I think they'd be nice. This one's a keeper and now I'm already thinking about all of the different flavour combinations I could come up with.
Lemon & Blueberry Yoghurt Cakes
(from Sweet Pea Kitchen's Lemon-Blueberry Yoghurt Loaf recipe)
For the Loaf:
- 1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon plain flour, divided
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (approximately 2 lemons)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen, thawed and rinsed
For the Lemon Syrup:
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/3 cup sugar
For the Lemon Glaze:
- 1 cup icing sugar, sifted
- 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 170 deg C (350 deg F). Line a texas muffin pan with cupcake papers.
- In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla and oil. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix the blueberries with the remaining tablespoon of flour, and fold them very gently into the batter.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes.
- While the loaf is cooling, make the lemon syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir together the lemon juice and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Once dissolved, continue to cook for 3 more minutes. Remove from the heat; set aside.
- Use a toothpick to poke holes in the tops of the warm cakes. Brush the top with the lemon syrup. Let the syrup soak into the cake and brush again. Let the cake cool completely.
- To make the lemon glaze, in a small bowl, whisk together the icing sugar and 2-3 tablespoons of the lemon juice. The mixture should be thick but pourable. Add up to another tablespoon of lemon juice if the mixture is too stiff. Pour the lemon glaze over the top of each cake. Let the lemon glaze harden, about 15 minutes, before serving.