Gâteau au yaourt aux pommes (French Apple Yoghurt Cake)

Gâteau au yaourt (translates to Yoghurt Cake in English) is a style common to those in France. The yoghurt produces a moist and light cake; which provides the baker with a batter perfect for other additions such as zests, berries, nuts or fruit. In France, it is common to have a plain yoghurt cake with a lemon glaze. This version, however, incorporates little bits of apple which complements the lightness of the cake. You will notice that I used different types of flour for my cake and that's just because I ran out of each. So, I'd recommend using plain flour, or if not use your preferred choice, such as wholemeal, and I assure you it won't impact your cake.
I was extremely excited to make my first French Yoghurt Cake because it entails a special way to prepare the cake. It's a tradition for the French, really. They get the yoghurt pot, empty its contents, and reserve it to measure the rest of the ingredients! C'est très mignon, non?

1 pot of plain natural yoghurt (I used 170g capacity)
1 pot of plain flour
1 pot of plain self-raising flour
1 pot of wholemeal self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 pots of light brown sugar
1/2 pot of vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 green apples, diced thinly
2 1/2 tsp vanilla essence (or 1.5 vanilla extract)

Peel, quarter and dice the apples into small and thin cubes. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees fan-forced and prepare a loaf tin for cakes. Empty the contents of a yoghurt pot into a bowl; reserve the pot to measure the following ingredients. With a whisk, mix together the yoghurt with the sugar and eggs until smooth. Sift over the flour (or flours) and the baking powder. Mix with a wooden spoon until smooth. Pour the vanilla in and mix lightly; then put the apples in too and fold them gently through. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for around 1 hour. Test with a skewer, then cool completely on a wire rack.


  1. You're absolutely right, the yoghurt in this kind of cakes gone a happy result. Exactly what you say: moist and light... I love yoghurt cakes. It's always delicous. And, I love your idea to incorporates little bits of apple in your the cake. " Tellement gourmand " !!! :)

  2. I can't wait for the first local pears. They will be lovely in this recipe. I am also a big fan of yogurt cakes, so moist.

  3. Sounds lovely and moist and I would imagine could be served with cream as a desert cake.
    I'm going to have to start a folder with all your yummy recipe's.

  4. Love it! And using the yogurt pot saves on washing up too ;0)
    Great looking cake Hun. Very tasty.

  5. This looks scrumptious. Okay my visit here to your blog are proving dangerous for my, uh hummm - diet! My French honey does like his breakfast gateau - pears and apples at the top of the list. Will definitely try this! Hope your summer is gong well for you!
    Good evening,

  6. That cake looks so moist and yummy looking!


  7. This is a lovely cake and looks nice and quick to make. Just a quick question - when you write the measurements in pots do you mean 170g as in the yoghurt?

  8. @ Heather: Hi Heather! Yes, I used a 170g pot of yoghurt and then reserved that pot to measure the rest of the pots for the flour, sugar etc. But, if you only have a 100g or 200g pot avaliable then use that (keep the amount of pots the same) but your cake may be slightly small or bigger. Just keep the ratios the same :)

  9. c'est l'un de mes préférés le cake au yaourt avec sa texture légère et parfumé
    l'ajout des pommes lui donne un côté fondant et irrésistiblement bon
    bonne soirée

  10. I've eaten apple cake but not apple with yoghurt but I am just sure that its yummy! Have a great week ahead.

  11. This sounds delicious, so light. Apples are the perfect fruit to use.

  12. Heavenly. I adore apple cake and this looks so moist and indulgent. If cakes could talk this one would be saying "eat meeeeeeeee"


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