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Orange Yoghurt Cake

Orange flavoured cake must have been the first cake I learned to make from my mother and then my daughter learned this cake from me as well.

A few days ago I read at Life’s feast a Blood Orange Yoghurt Cake and although I never used to like blood oranges (probably from the name) I wanted to give it a try.  Unfortunately when I looked for some blood oranges to buy I did not find any but still I was determined to make the cake, inspired by Jamie’s recipe. I made my own twist to her recipe and added pieces of oranges in the cake.

The cake turned out to be perfect with a lovely creamy taste and the orange pieces were a bite of sweet freshness here and there.   Although my glaze came out too thin, next time I will make the glaze I shall add less orange syrup or rather more icing sugar.

My mother used to love orange flavoured cakes so I am sure that if she were alive she would have loved this cake.

This recipe goes to my event Celebrating Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is celebrated on the 10th of May in many countries so this year do something special for your mother.  She is your mom after all and she probably devoted years of her life taking care of you and making the person you are today. Mother’s Day is also about spending quality time with your mother so why not prepare an old family recipe together this year?

Orange and yoghurt cake – Recipe adapted from Jamie’s Recipe

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Baking time: 1 hour




Self rising flour





Greek Yoghurts (400 grams)

1 ½





Margarine at room temperature



Orange rind






Orange, peeled and skin removed

For orange syrup



Orange juice



Icing sugar

For orange glaze:



Orange syrup



Icing sugar



Preheat oven at 180 degrees C.


Separate yolks from whites and beat the egg whites into a stiff meringue and set aside.


Whisk the eggs yolks with sugar until white.


Add the butter a spoon at a time until incorporated and then add the yoghurt and orange rind and whisk for about 10 minutes at full speed.


Reduce mixer speed to medium and add the flour and whisk until the batter is ready.


Using a rubber spatula gently fold in the meringue and the orange pieces.


Grease and flour a baking tin and pour in the batter.


Bake for about an hour until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.


Remove the cake to a wire rack and allow to cool (about 15 minutes).


Bring the orange juice and icing sugar to a boil and simmer for five minutes.


While the cake is still warm pour half the syrup, a spoonful at a time until it is absorbed.


Sift the icing sugar and add the orange syrup gradually, mixing until the glaze has the right consistency. Some orange syrup may remain and if you wish to add it all, add more icing sugar.


Pour the glaze on top with a spoon

You can find my Greek recipes in my cookbooks «More Than A Greek Salad», and«Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!» both available on all Amazon stores. Read more here.


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33 Responses

  1. Your cake looks so good! The orange pieces in the cake sound delicious too. This is a great cake for Mother’s Day.

  2. A perfect foam cake for the breakfast with a cup of black coffee.

  3. I too love citrus cakes…I plan to do a similar one next week using lemons and yoghurt…we have an abundance of citrus here at the moment!

  4. Wow, I am so tempted after seeing the yogurt orange cake… its so moist and soft…. Happy mothers days to you too… Have blogrolled you shall drop in for more…

  5. A wonderful cake! What a delightful flavor it must ahve! Happy Mother’s Day, Ivy!



  6. Yogurt has a a wonderous way of making cakes and desserts so moist.

  7. This sounds wonderful and I like the addition of yogurt. I’ve made something similar myself, though I think I included some cornmeal in mine.

  8. This cake looks lovely Ivy, I love the orange flavor and that it’s orange!

  9. This looks so good! I love cakes that are flavored with citrus, and when you add yogurt to baked goods it makes them so moist!

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  10. This looks very delicious, so full of orange flavor, very lovely.

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  11. OMG..cake looks soo good. I can virtually imagine the aroma of cake and also its taste.

  12. Hi Ivy…thats an awesome cake…looks really delicious and I love citrus flavored cakes. They are just so refreshing.

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  13. Hi Ivy..
    First time to ur blog ..Orange yogurt cake looks awesome .Tempting clicks …

  14. Am trying this this weekend! Have 3 lbs of oranges. Thanks for the recipe!

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  15. Just found out from jugalbandi place you are having mothers day even, will have to miss it ivy, i am really sorry, just posted the last recipe for this week.
    Cake looks so yumm, i love the flavour of oranges in cake andthis i would love it for sure.

  16. Mmmmmmm, this looks delicious and really refreshing. Happy Mother’s Day, Ivy! I know you are a wonderful Mum!

  17. Ben

    That is one delicious looking cake my friend! I am sure the flavors work great together and any mom would love to have this for mother’s day 🙂

  18. Oh wow awesome…..Looks soft and yum….

  19. Yogurt and orange is a wonderful combination. Try the recipe using extra virgin olive oil instead of margarine. You’ll love it.

  20. I love yogurt cakes and I love orange cakes, so this is would be wonderful. Mariana is right – olive oil in a cake is lovely too 🙂

  21. A citrus flavour always wins next only to chocolate though.

  22. Lovely cake Ivy, it sounds delicious. I enjoy orange flavors in cakes such as this as well. I am sure your mom would have enjoyed it very much.

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  23. I love cakes with lemons so I would love this one also. Looks so moist and yummy.

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  24. This cake looks amazing. I bet the orange flavor is fantastic.

  25. Delicious looking cake!

  26. Ciao Ivy ! how are you ? Your orange cake looks so delicious ! I really want to prepare it now !!

  27. Hi Ivy. I am drooling looking at the cake. I want to make it rights now.

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  28. I love cakes with yogurt! This looks so nice and moist!

  29. What a beautiful cake Ivy. Just by chance, this post brought your event to my attention, and I will send a submission to you shortly – which coincidentally also features oranges!

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  30. Hi Ivy, I believe this is my first time here. You have many delicious recipes in your blog that I’d like to try one day.

    What a delicious cake to celebrate Mother’s day!

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  31. This looks lovely Ivy with all that greek yogurt..yum! Happy mom’s day to you.

  32. Happy Mother’s Day Ivy 🙂

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