The first time I tasted Yogurt Cake was at a friend's house. I was amazed at how moist and delicious it was. She was almost apologetic when she told me what kind of cake it was. "C'est juste un gâteau au yaourt"... It's just a yogurt cake...
The beauty of this cake is in its simplicity. You could do so many flavor variations. I made the lemon version, but used Ground Cherry and Vanilla Compote for the glaze. It was fantastic! I also made an orange version, using half the oil called for in the recipe and substituting unsweetened apple sauce for the rest. I made a simple syrup using orange juice and a little sugar in place of the glaze. It was just as moist and tender as the lemon version. We were almost fighting over the last slices! You could also add fresh or dried fruit, nuts, different jams or preserves for the glaze, endless possibilities!
The real secret to the wonderful citrus scent of the cake is in Dorie's special technique. The lemon (or orange) zest is rubbed into the sugar until the sugar is moist and fragrant. The oil from the zest permeates the sugar and its essence is then diffused throughout the cake, giving it a truly fantastic aroma.
So if you're looking for a last minute dessert or a sweet little afternoon snack to accompany your coffee or tea, I highly recommend that you visit Liliana over at My Cookbook Addiction for the recipe. Might I also suggest that you check out the rest of the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers? A little something tells me there might be a few interesting variations of Yogurt Cake floating about the web today.