Banana Yogurt Cake Recipe

moist banana yogurt cake

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Banana Yogurt Cake is a delectable and healthier twist on the traditional banana cake. This scrumptious dessert combines the natural sweetness of ripe bananas with the tanginess of yogurt, resulting in a perfectly balanced, moist, and tender cake that’s not overly sweet. The origin of this recipe is not certain, but it is believed to be inspired by the classic banana bread, which has its roots in American cuisine.

The use of yogurt in the cake not only adds a unique flavor but also contributes to its moist and fluffy texture. This cake is perfect for those who want to enjoy a tasty treat without compromising on their health goals.

Ingredients For Banana Yogurt Cake

Here’s what you’ll need to make this delightful Banana Yogurt Cake:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 90g caster sugar
  • 8g vanilla sugar (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 150g plain yogurt (Greek yogurt also works well)
  • 180g all-purpose flour
  • 10g baking powder
  • 30g butter, melted
  • 10g butter for creating a butter line (optional)

Topping:

  • 40g chocolate, melted in a water bath
  • 1 tbsp almonds, roasted and chopped

Ingredient Notes and Variations

From my experience, using ripe bananas is crucial for achieving the perfect sweetness and flavor in the cake. Overripe bananas will also work, but they may result in a denser texture. I prefer using Greek yogurt, as it adds extra creaminess and richness to the cake, but you can also use regular plain yogurt.

For a healthier twist, you can try substituting all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour, or a combination of the two. Additionally, you can experiment with various sweeteners, such as coconut sugar or maple syrup, to find the perfect level of sweetness for your taste.

Tips to Make This Recipe

Here are some tips to help you make the perfect Banana Yogurt Cake:

  • Don’t overmix the batter: Mix just until the ingredients are combined, as overmixing can lead to a dense and tough cake.
  • Check for doneness: Insert a toothpick or skewer into the center of the cake – if it comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, your cake is done.
  • Allow the cake to cool: Give the cake some time to cool down before adding the topping. This will ensure that the chocolate doesn’t melt and slide off the cake.
  • Get creative with toppings: Feel free to experiment with different toppings, such as caramel sauce, chopped nuts, or a dusting of powdered sugar, to personalize your cake.

How to Make The Best Banana Yogurt Cake?

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you make this delightful Banana Yogurt Cake without any difficulty:

1. Prepare the baking pan and preheat the oven

Preheat your oven to 170°C (338°F).

Grease a 20cm (8-inch) round cake pan with the 10g of butter (optional) or line it with parchment paper. This will ensure that the cake comes out of the pan easily after baking.

2. Mash the bananas

Cutting bananas into small pieces for banana yogurt cake

In a medium-sized bowl, mash the ripe bananas using a fork or a potato masher until you achieve a smooth consistency. Set aside. However, i love using cutting bananas into small pieces with a knife. Choice is all yours

3. Combine wet ingredients

Mixing wet ingredients of Banana Yogurt cake

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, caster sugar, and vanilla sugar (or vanilla extract) until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Add the mashed bananas and yogurt to the egg mixture, and whisk until well combined.

Stir in the melted butter.

4. Mix dry ingredients

Mixing dry and wet ingredients for making banana yogurt cake

In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour and baking powder.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing gently until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can lead to a dense cake.

5. Pour the batter and bake

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick or skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

6. Let the cake cool

Baked banana yogurt cake

Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.

Gently run a knife around the edges of the cake to loosen it, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.

7. Prepare the toppings

Melt the chocolate in a water bath, or use a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in short intervals, stirring frequently until smooth.

Roast the almonds in a dry pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Then, chop them coarsely.

8. Decorate the cake

decorating banana yogurt cake with toppings

Once the cake has cooled completely, drizzle the melted chocolate over the top.

Sprinkle the roasted and chopped almonds evenly over the chocolate.

Allow the chocolate to set slightly before slicing and serving.

How to Serve Banana Yogurt Cake?

This versatile Banana Yogurt Cake is perfect for various occasions, such as breakfast, dessert, or a snack. Here are some serving suggestions:

  • Serve it slightly warm with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of your favorite ice cream for an indulgent dessert.
  • Pair it with a cup of tea or coffee for a delightful afternoon snack or breakfast treat.
  • Add fresh fruit, such as berries or sliced bananas, for a burst of freshness and extra flavor.
Banana yogurt cake ready for serving

Storage and Freezing Instructions

How to store the Banana Yogurt Cake?

  • Allow the cake to cool completely before storing.
  • Wrap the cake in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out.
  • The cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerated for up to a week.

How to freeze the Banana Yogurt Cake?

  • Allow the cake to cool completely.
  • Wrap the cake securely in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or place it in an airtight container or freezer-safe plastic bag.
  • Label the container or bag with the date and type of cake.
  • Freeze the cake for up to 3 months.
  • To serve, thaw the cake at room temperature for several hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

Alternative Recipes

Here are some alternative recipes that you can try:

  1. Banana bread
  2. Vegan banana cake
  3. Apple cinnamon caramel cake

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use overripe bananas for this recipe?

Yes, you can use overripe bananas in this recipe. They will add extra sweetness and moisture to the cake, but the texture may be denser.

Can I substitute the yogurt with sour cream?

Yes, you can substitute the yogurt with an equal amount of sour cream. This will result in a slightly richer and tangier cake.

Can I make gluten-free Banan Yogurt Cake?

To make this cake gluten-free, substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend that has a 1:1 ratio with regular flour.

Can I add nuts or chocolate chips to the batter?

Absolutely! Feel free to customize the recipe by adding nuts, chocolate chips, or other additions to the batter before baking.

How can I tell if the cake is done?

Insert a toothpick or skewer into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, the cake is done.

moist banana yogurt cake

Banana Yogurt Cake Recipe

Adalynn Ward
Banana Yogurt Cake is a delectable and healthier dessert that combines the natural sweetness of ripe bananas with the tanginess of yogurt, resulting in a perfectly balanced, moist, and tender cake that’s not overly sweet.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings 8 persons

Ingredients

For Cake

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 90 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150 g plain yogurt (Greek yogurt also works well)
  • 180 g all-purpose flour
  • 10 g baking powder
  • 30 g butter, melted
  • 10 g butter for creating a butter line (optional)

Topping

  • 40 g chocolate, melted in a water bath
  • 1 tbsp almonds, roasted and chopped

How to Make?

  • Preheat oven to 170°C (338°F) and prepare a 20cm (8-inch) cake pan.
  • Mash bananas and set aside.
  • Whisk eggs, sugar, yogurt, and melted butter together.
  • Combine flour and baking powder separately, then add to wet ingredients.
  • Pour batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 55-60 minutes.
  • Cool cake and decorate with melted chocolate and roasted almonds.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cakeCalories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 4gFat: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 22g
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