Whenever i make lemon cake i get out my Grandma's lemon drizzle cake recipe as it is always a winner! However, i tried a lemon and blueberry cake from a village fate the other day and i have to say that was better than my family recipe
so i went online and searched for a recipe! lots of lemon cakes i came across had yogurt in them...i've never come across this before! What does characteristics does it bring to a cake? (does it make it moist/creamy/dense etc?!) and can yogurt be added to ANY recipe, such as a simple sponge cake or chocolate cake?
Yogurt can be used in place of milk or sour cream in just about any recipe I can think of. I use yogurt mixed with milk (half and half) when a recipe calls for buttermilk. I don't keep buttermilk on hand, don't want to have to buy it and try to use up what's left and I always have plain, all natural yogurt on hand for smoothies etc.
Yogurt is a leavener, we use it in some of our recipes as an egg substitute. Soy yogurt also works for egg-free/dairy-free items.
I often use yogurt in place of 1/2 of the fat. It adds moisture, texture and tangy flavor.
Thanks for the replies! Yeah, my Grandma's recipe uses some milk and the egg content seems quite low so i might try yogurt instead of the milk next time to see if it improves it!
In fact i might try the idea of using yogurt instead of buttermilk as i never have that either (and currently use just milk whenever a recipe asks for it!)
tried the yogurt in my grandmas lemon cake recipe and it made the best lemon cake yet! really pleased with! i even used yogurt instead of milk to loosen some butter cream for a victoria sponge and people commented on how good that was too (and id run out of vanilla extract so was suprised that people liked it so much!)
it seems like im going to be using a lot more yogurt in future!
A good tip if you don't have buttermilk is to put 1 tbsp white vinegar or lemon juice in a measuring cup and add milk to the one cup line. Let stand for 5 minutes and, use as much as needed for your recipe.
I love baking with buttermilk so, usually have some kicking around (and my daughter likes to drink it as well) but, I have used this in a pinch or red velvet with great results.