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Chocolate Yogurt Cake

chocolate yogurt cake recipeMy poor baby broke his elbow yesterday. He was playing on the monkey bars at school and fell and landed on his elbow. It was very long day at the hospital getting him fixed up, and he was a trooper. I know that he was in a lot of pain, and he took it like a man. There is nothing worse than seeing your child in pain, it is pretty awful. He needs to stay home from school for the next few days because the doctor needs the swelling to go down before he can put a plaster cast on it. In the meantime, he needs to be still and relax. If you knew my child, that would be like asking him to stop breathing. We are trying to find activities that do not include a lot of movement, so baking it is!

The nice people at Tillamook sent me some of their new light yogurts to try. My kids love to eat yogurt, and my husband has been adding a container (he especially likes the Northwest Berry Patch)to his smoothie every morning and loves it. I love to bake with yogurt. Adding yogurt works the same way that adding buttermilk does, it adds a tang and tenderness to whatever you are baking. This cake is rich, a little goes a long way. My favorite part is the glaze. I love how gorgeous and shiny it makes the cake look. It made my injured boy happy and semi-still, and today, that is all that matters.

chocolate yogurt cake recipe6 Tablespoons butter at room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 (6-ounce) container Tillamook Light Vanilla Yogurt
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla

Glaze:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
3-4 Tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla

chocolate yogurt cake recipeIn a bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

chocolate yogurt cake recipeIn another small bowl, whisk together yogurt, water, and vanilla. Set aside.

chocolate yogurt cake recipeCream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time.

chocolate yogurt cake recipeAdd half of the flour mixture to the butter. Add the yogurt mixture, and add the remaining flour.

chocolate yogurt cake recipeMix until just combined. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

chocolate yogurt cake recipeBake in a preheated 350 degree oven for one hour. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Turn out and cool completely.

chocolate yogurt cake recipeWhisk together powdered sugar, cocoa, water, and vanilla until smooth. Pour over cooled cake.

chocolate yogurt cake recipe

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Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (6-ounce) container Tillamook Light Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cocoa
  • 3-4 Tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In another small bowl, whisk together yogurt, water, and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time.
  4. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter. Add the yogurt mixture, and add the remaining flour.
  5. Mix until just combined. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for one hour. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Turn out and cool completely.
  7. Whisk together powdered sugar, cocoa, water, and vanilla until smooth. Pour over cooled cake.

 

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  1. Stephanie

    April 11th, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Good grief, Bree, this looks delicious! Hope your little boy gets well soon!

  2. bakedbree

    April 11th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    thank you Stephanie!

  3. Rebecca

    April 12th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Just a small side note, in reference to your child dealing with the pain “like a man”, if you’d had a little girl how would’ve you described that? Not just men are strong. πŸ™‚
    The recipe looks tasty, I’d be happy to try this healthy cake.

  4. bakedbree

    April 13th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I know more than anyone that women are strong. I do not need the reminder, and I really don’t think that my word chioce deserved to be nit-picked.

  5. Katie

    January 16th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I think she was just joking…

  6. bakedbree

    January 16th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I am not sure what you are referring to.

  7. naomi suchit

    July 27th, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Oh come on you would tell your girl to be strong and try to take it like a big girl, who raises men? Its women, we should not be too soft with the boys though. Like the song goes where have all the cowboys gone.

  8. Sarah

    April 11th, 2012 at 11:01 am

    This looks so good. I hope the little guy feels better very soon!

  9. bakedbree

    April 11th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    thank you Sarah. I hope so too.

  10. Sarah

    April 11th, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Awh, I’m so sorry he broke his arm. This loaf looks delish!

  11. bakedbree

    April 11th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Me too Sarah!

  12. Cristina @ Tiny Perfect Bites

    April 11th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    That looks so delicious! I don’t usually like chocolate cake, but that looks super moist and I imagine it tasting like a tangy brownie. . .

  13. bakedbree

    April 11th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    It does. It is deep and dark, so if you are a chocolate lover, this is for you.

  14. angela

    April 11th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    i recently made a choc banana bread using yogurt, it was soo moist and yummy. no chocolate on top though, must give this one a try πŸ™‚

  15. bakedbree

    April 11th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    It really adds something nice to a batter.

  16. karen

    April 11th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    How much cocoa goes in the glaze? The recipe just says “2/3 cocoa”.

  17. bakedbree

    April 11th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    2/3 cup.

  18. Priyanka

    April 11th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Great recipe. I love yogurt in cake , just makes it wonderful and this looks yummy and tempting

  19. bakedbree

    April 13th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you Priyanka.

  20. Brandy Sievers

    April 11th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    So sorry about the small ones elbow. Not good.

    Tillamook is one my all time favorite companies. Delicious cheese, delicious yogurt (the only one we buy) and scrum diddly umptious ice cream. Plus a bunch of other treats too. The factory is a lot of fun and you can even see a display of my Grandpa upstairs. He was the Head cheesemaker for nearly 40 years! πŸ™‚ So, I might be slightly partial. lol

    The cake looks very yummy-I love the shot with the glaze pouring. How’d you do that?

  21. bakedbree

    April 13th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I would be partial too! I love Tillamook. Unfortunately, where we live, we do not get all of the products that they make.

  22. Becca - Cookie Jar Treats

    April 11th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Aww. I’m so sorry to hear about your son’s broken elbow πŸ™ I hope he gets better soon.

    I love eating yogurt. I think I have it as an afternoon snack almost everyday! And this loaf cake looks way awesome and oh so chocolatey! πŸ™‚ YUM!

  23. bakedbree

    April 13th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you Becca, he is getting better.

  24. laura k

    April 11th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    This cake looks beauteous. I’m wondering…are there other substitutions you might make if you used whole milk yogurt instead of light? Maybe a little less butter? Hmm.

  25. bakedbree

    April 13th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I would not change the amount of butter, but I would happily use whole milk yogurt, in fact that what the original recipe used.

  26. Tina T-P

    April 12th, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I cracked my elbow when I was in college (we’re talking 40 years ago) and I CAN STILL REMEMBER HOW MUCH IT HURT!! So your young one has my utmost sympathy. Hope he heals soon. T.

  27. bakedbree

    April 13th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you Tina. Right not the swelling is more the issue. It is still so swollen that it cannot get a plaster cast.

  28. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    April 12th, 2012 at 2:56 am

    I hope your son is feeling better!

    And this cake is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love using yogurt in my cakes and muffins – you get such amazingly light and moist cakes.

  29. bakedbree

    April 13th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you very much, he is better. Me too, yogurt is great to bake with.

  30. Stephanie

    April 12th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    That glaze really makes it look mouth watering!

  31. bakedbree

    April 13th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Glaze is the best part of any cake!

  32. Leah

    April 13th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Hi – I tried to see if anyone else posted this q – this is in the oven, but the batter was not very.. liquid. Almost more of a cookie batter. Did I do something wrong? It smells delish…. will let you know how it turns out. And best wishes to your little man! Sounds awful!
    Leah, BC, Canada.

  33. bakedbree

    April 15th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    It is a very thick batter. You did not do anything wrong.

  34. Hannah

    April 13th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    This looks super rich and decadent! I love your photographs! Xx

  35. bakedbree

    April 15th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you very much Hannah!

  36. Jessica

    April 14th, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Those pesky monkey bars! That’s how I broke my wrist as a kid, too! I was 4 and had just learned how to do the monkey bars. My neighbors had a wooden play-set and I was not prepared for the bar twisting on me. I send him good thoughts for a speedy recovery!

  37. bakedbree

    April 15th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Seriously! Thanks for the well wishes.

  38. bigFATcook

    April 14th, 2012 at 5:00 am

    OMG this looks sooooo awesomeeee πŸ˜€
    Greets from bfc

  39. bakedbree

    April 15th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    thank you Big Fat Cook. πŸ™‚

  40. Elizabeth

    April 16th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I just discovered your blog via Go Bold With Butter, and this chocolate cake immediately grabbed me. I’m making it next on my list! I’m glad your little guy took it like a man (!) and is feeling better. Am looking forward to visiting your site daily. Thanks!

  41. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you ELizabeth! My kids loved this cake. The batter is really thick, so don’t be alarmed.

  42. Heather

    April 17th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Bree…. Thank you so very much for sharing yet another delicious treat. We made this to fix a “broken head” after a fence had the nerve to jump out at our big kid…surgical glue is the best….chocolate yogurt cake….”epic yumm”
    xo

  43. bakedbree

    April 19th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    It seems like it is going around this week! I hope that your broken head is on the mend. And yes, surgical glue is a God send.

  44. Michelle

    April 18th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Bree,

    I am so glad I found your blog. This chocolate cake looks Delicious! I’m so glad your little guy is Ok and was a trooper at the hospital. It always amazes me how strong kids are when they need to be.

    I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party (tomorrow) at http://www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. Have a great week.

    Michelle

  45. bakedbree

    April 19th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I am so glad that you found it too! Kids are amazing aren’t they?

  46. Ksenia

    April 19th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Seems like that is exactly what I’ll be doing tomorrow! And I so get how you feel, having my plaster cast put yesterday because of broken ankle … I think a little baking with the help of friends will definetely cheer me up πŸ™‚

  47. bakedbree

    April 19th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I am so sorry about your ankle! Hope that you are on the mend soon.

  48. K Genton

    April 19th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I made this tonight and it is SOOOOOOOOO DELICIOUS! I used vanilla greek yogurt though because it’s all that I had but it was still super tasty

  49. bakedbree

    April 19th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I am so glad! Any yogurt will work, use what you have.

  50. Ashley@CenterCutCook

    April 20th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    This recipe really caught my eye, not only because the cake looks delicious, but because it uses yogurt! I’ve got a big tub that needs to be used before it goes bad, and I know just how to use it now. πŸ™‚

  51. bakedbree

    April 26th, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Well look at that! Hope that you were able to use the rest of your yogurt.

  52. Andrea

    April 20th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I made this because I LOVE chocolate, but I was so disappointed, I ended up throwing the entire cake away! It wasn’t as moist as I was hoping & I didn’t care for the frosting either. It just tasted like chocolate chips..i was hoping for something more decadant. But im not giving up! There’s gotta be something really chocolaty moist out there. Just need to find it!

  53. bakedbree

    April 26th, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I am sorry that you didn’t like this. Hope that you will find the perfect chocolate solution.

  54. Michelle

    April 20th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Bree,

    Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. This looks so amazing and I really can’t wait to try the recipe. I’ll probably be making this over the weekend.

    I can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Michelle

  55. bakedbree

    April 26th, 2012 at 10:17 am

    You are welcome!

  56. Melissa B

    April 22nd, 2012 at 9:48 am

    This recipe looks awesome! =)
    Im a new follower – love your blog!!

  57. bakedbree

    April 26th, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Welcome Melissa!

  58. VT

    April 23rd, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    If I wanted to make this as cupcakes instead of a loaf, how long should I bake it for?

  59. bakedbree

    April 26th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I am not sure that this would make a good cupcake. It is a very dense loaf, but I would start at 15-18 minutes and go from there.

  60. kedR

    May 1st, 2012 at 4:28 am

    I could eat one every day… little crispy from outside and warm and moist from inside..ummmmm.

  61. Jeanine

    May 3rd, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I just discovered your blog… oh my this looks amazing. Chocolate is healing, right? πŸ™‚

  62. bakedbree

    May 6th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Totally healing. πŸ™‚

  63. Sandy

    May 8th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Just made the cake as cupcakes and they were amazing. Told my boss these are a keeper. Next will figure out the actual unit cost – we do have a budget to keep! Didn’t have vanilla yogurt – used plain and added a Tbsp of honey, bit extra vanilla and they were great! Don’t think I will have to buy another cake mix!

  64. bakedbree

    May 22nd, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Try making your own yogurt, it is easy and cheap.

  65. Sailaja @ Indian Food

    May 11th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Gorgeous photography. Love this recipe. Bookmarked.

    Hope your little one is doing fine now. Btw, love your blog. Gorgeous space. πŸ™‚

  66. bakedbree

    May 22nd, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    thank you so much Sailaja!

  67. Jagriti

    May 16th, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I tried this cake yesterday for a friend’s bday and it turned out beautiful!! The texture was so “melt-in-your-mouth”! Am sure going to try lots more of your recipes Bree! πŸ™‚

    Hope the Little One is doing better now. πŸ™‚

  68. bakedbree

    May 18th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Pleaso do! I am so glad that you liked it.

  69. Camilla Lopez

    December 18th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Awesome!Yogurts in cake are really my favorite.Thanks for sharing this one to us.

  70. bakedbree

    December 19th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    You are welcome!

  71. Elisa

    June 9th, 2013 at 7:51 am

    This is hands down the most PERFECT chocolate cake recipe I ever tried. Thanks sooo much for sharing this!

  72. bakedbree

    June 10th, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Wow! I am so glad you like it so much.

  73. Holiday Paintings Guy

    July 16th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I’ve never heard of chocolate YOGURT cake before! Seems sort of obvious when you think about it! Yours genuinely looks absolutely incredible!

  74. bakedbree

    July 22nd, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    thank you!

  75. D

    October 23rd, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    This cake looks amazing… Just wondering what size loaf tin you use. Thank you xx

  76. bakedbree

    October 24th, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I really don’t know. It is just the pan that you buy at the grocery store. Probably 8x4x2.

  77. London Accountants Worker

    May 22nd, 2015 at 5:54 am

    This looks absolutely perfect! The icing looks particularly delicious!

  78. bakedbree

    May 31st, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks!

  79. Chirag Dua

    January 15th, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Your are good mom, Thanks for sharing your Ingredients and method of baking, So we all love to have this chocolate cake..

  80. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    My pleasure!

  81. Julia

    July 1st, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Have you ever had a problem with this cake falling? For some reason my chocolate cakes have been falling lately.

  82. bakedbree

    July 8th, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I don’t believe so. Try a new baking powder and soda. Whenever I have baking troubles that is the first thing I do.

  83. Juu

    September 24th, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I made it with 1 cup sugar and in an angel food cake pan, about 25-30 mins time. Turned out great!

  84. bakedbree

    September 25th, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Sounds great!

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