Thursday, 18 August 2011

Chocolate and Ginger Yogurt Cake

This is another version of the Lemon Yogurt Anything cake, first seen on Smitten Kitchen. This, in turn, was originally an Ina Garten recipe for a lemon cake with no fruit. My version reduces the amount of liquid slightly, as I don't add the lemon juice, but it has turned into a really good basic cake which is highly adaptable to make many differently flavoured versions. I had a similarly versatile cake recipe using butter, which I could mix up and get into the oven in a very short time, so I'm very pleased to have found a lower saturated fat version. They are really useful recipes when all you have available are store cupboard ingredients.

170g plain flour
30g cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
200g caster sugar
250g low fat yogurt*
110g sunflower oil
3 large eggs
150g chopped plain chocolate
4 balls of preserved stem ginger, finely chopped.

*I used 125g fat-free vanilla yogurt and 125g low fat natural yogurt, as I was short of  enough natural yogurt.

Prepare a 20cm (8") round springform cake tin, and pre-heat the oven to 180C.
Put the flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder, powdered ginger and sugar into a large bowl and mix with a ballon whisk.
In a large jug, mix together the eggs, yogurt and oil.
Add the wet ingredients to the flour mix and stir briskly (but don't beat) until thoroughly combined.
Fold in the chopped chocolate and stem ginger.
Spread evenly in the prepared tin and bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then remove from tin and cool on a wire rack.

For a simple 'everyday' cake this turned out really well. The texture was light and moist and there was just the right amount of ginger to be noticeable, but not overpower the chocolate flavour. Another successful variation - these sort of cakes are different everytime I make them as the 'add-in' ingredients vary according to what's available, but I will remember how good this one was!


Foodycat said...

I love that sort of adaptability! It looks like a very good cake!

The Caked Crusader said...

Chocolate and ginger is such a lovely combination. Your cake looks rich and crumbly and, most importantly, delicious!

Chele said...

Fantastic looking slice of cake there.

Gloria said...

This look delicious! gloria

Baking Addict said...

Looks like a great everyday cake!

Katie said...

Looks yummy and lovely and moist. Great idea to add the chopped ginger :)

Joanna @ Zeb Bakes said...

Very very interested in this one.... I could see myself making this one very soon! I like store cupboard cakes as they are far more likely to be made by me than if I have to go out to get special ingredients. Thanks!

C said...

Chocolate and ginger is definitely a good combination and this looks like a fabulous cake. Every time you've blogged about it I've thought to myself 'must make that..' and here I am, thinking it again!

celia said...

I think that's a really good description of yoghurt cakes Suelle - they're really excellent "everyday" cakes. And they're so easy to make, don't need butter, and almost always turn out brilliantly like yours has!

Choclette said...

The texture of this looks really good and moist too. Chocolate and ginger is one of my favourite combinations and as you know I'm a big fan of the using yogurt in cake. A lovely looking slice.