Maybe it’s my way of shaking off winter, but I’ve been craving lemons something fierce. Their clean fruity brightness convinces me that summer is on it’s way, even if the thermometer outside say otherwise (it snowed again today, very out of character for the end of March in Brittany). This sweet lemony cake with a hint of honey is the perfect fix for my cravings.
250ml (1 cup) whole milk plain unsweetened yogurt
200g (1 cup) sugar
80ml (1/3 cup) vegetable oil
250 g (2 1/4 cups) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
a good pinch of salt
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla paste/extract
the juice and zest of half a lemon
Preheat the oven to 180° C (350° F), line the bottom of a round 25-cm (10-inch) cake pan with parchment paper and grease the sides. In a large mixing-bowl, gently combine the yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla, oil, honey and lemon juice and zest. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture into the yogurt mixture a little bit at a time, scraping down the sides as you go. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean. Let stand for ten minutes, and transfer onto a rack to cool.