Lemony French Cake

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This cake is my dream cake! It reminds me of a gâteau au fromage blanc (quark cake) my mom and I used to have in order to celebrate the end of the week, every week. I’m not even that fanatic about fruity-tasting desserts, but this one’s a big happy, tender and decadent exception. I’m not too familiar with pound cakes, but I’m told its texture is somewhat reminiscent of that.

It’s best to prepare it a day ahead of time, to let the flavors develop.

Lemony French Cake:

1 cup (240 g) plain or vanilla soy yogurt
1 cup (120 g) powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 cup (120 ml) vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons pure lemon extract + zest of one small lemon
1 1/2 cups (185 g) all-purpose flour, sifted
2 teaspoons baking powder

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4). Grease your cake pan with non-stick cooking spray. [note: I used a 6-inch round cake pan [it's 4 inches deep], so you might have to check your cake after 35-40 minutes to see if it’s done, if you use a different pan size. dip a toothpick in the center of the cake, and if it does not come out clean, add another 5 minutes, and check again. repeat until toothpick comes out clean.]

In a large bowl, whisk soy yogurt, sugar, oil, extracts, and zest.
Sift flour and baking powder on top and stir until just combined.
Pour batter into prepared cake pan.

Bake for 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.

Leave in pan for 1 hour on a cooling rack before attempting to remove. Chill overnight.
Serve cold, with a simple icing or frosting, as follows.

If you want a fair amount of frosting…
Lemony Cream Cheese Frosting

2 ounces tofutti cream cheese (quarter of a tub)
1 cup (120 g) powdered sugar
1 tablespoon (14 g) margarine
1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract

Place cream cheese, margarine, and lemon extract together in a bowl, mix until smooth.
Add sugar little by little, beating (with a handheld mixer or in a stand mixer) for a few minutes, until fluffy and completely smooth.

If you want just a small amount of icing…
Simple Lemon Icing

1/2 cup (60 g) powdered sugar
fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) at the most

Mix sugar and droplets by droplets of lemon juice until extremely well blended. You want the icing to be thick enough to stick to the back of the spoon, so go slowly when adding the lemon juice.
Prepare just before decorating the cake so that the icing doesn’t harden.

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  • lori says:

    i am not a cook or baker, but eve I made this today and it was delicious. Try the peanut butter cups, they were also amazing.

  • Ella says:

    Hi! Wow, I’m browsing through this after work, and the cake texture looks wonderful. Is it also light and fluffy? :) If so, THIS IS THE RECIPE I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR! Haha, I will give it a try tonight. Thank you for sharing your recipes Celine :)