Yogurt As A Sour Cream Substitute?

Decorating By marag Updated 5 Mar 2009 , 4:19pm by marag

marag Posted 2 Mar 2009 , 5:29pm
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I have a cake recipe that calls for 2 cups of sour cream. I would like to know if I can substitute whole milk vanilla yogurt, and if it would be the same quantity. Also, do you know how this might alter the texture of the cake?

I'm hoping to give my cake more of a vanilla taste without using more vanilla. I'm currently using 1 Tbsp of vanilla bean paste.

Thanks for any responses!!

7 replies
dragonmommy Posted 2 Mar 2009 , 6:00pm
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Yes, you can substitute yogurt for the sour cream. As far as I know it doesn't alter the texture.

marag Posted 3 Mar 2009 , 2:53am
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Thanks. I didn't realize how hard it would be to find full fat vanilla yogurt. I hope the low fat version will work too.

pinkpiggie78 Posted 3 Mar 2009 , 12:47pm
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Why not try half yogurt and half SC? I do feel the yogurt changes the texture slightly.

marag Posted 5 Mar 2009 , 4:59am
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pinkpiggie, I think I will try that! Thanks!

JanH Posted 5 Mar 2009 , 5:55am
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Baking substitutions chart:


I don't think substituting vanilla yogurt for sour cream will result in a very pronounced vanilla flavor in the finished cake.

Why not just add some vanilla extract?


Eme Posted 5 Mar 2009 , 6:16am
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If you use a flavored, sweetened yogurt then yes it will change the texture of your cake. The extra sugar will make it 'sorta gummy', for lack of a better term. It may not rise as well and will have an odd, sticky texture in the middle.

If you just want a stronger vanilla taste, try adding a half TBSP more of your paste, or use Madagascar Vanilla - it seems to be a little stronger to me.


marag Posted 5 Mar 2009 , 4:19pm
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Thanks for the responses. Now I'm thinking I should stick with the sour cream. I do use the Madagascar Vanilla bean paste. I think I'll add more, and also add some extract.


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