The classic French yogurt cake is a versatile canvas. It is a cinch to make with tender fine crumb and mild taste. It plays well with many different flavours. My most recent is Apple Yogurt Cake with Cinnamon Streak from The Kitchn, adapted to use whole wheat flour as per my latest habit. This week I’m all about quickbread and this is no exception. What makes this cake special is the diced apples scattered throughout the cake and the little streaks of cinnamon butter. The fruit adds fruity tartness and plenty of moisture to every bite while the cinnamon butter adds little pockets of sweetness.
I used a mix of Northern Spy and Fuji apples in this cake. Northern Spy is my absolute favourite baking apples because they are tart, doesn’t turn to mush, and so full of apples flavour. Fuji is my eating apple of choice and its sweetness balances out the tarter counterpart in the Spys. I love how this cake is packed with fruit. I used 4 medium size apples for the 9x13 cake. Along with all that low-fat yogurt in the batter, I can almost say this is a healthy breakfast treat if I try really hard.
This cake reminds me of baked French toast because it is so moist. Even more so when I serve it with a drizzle of maple syrup! Like most quickbread, the key to tenderness is don’t overwork the batter. It takes barely a few strokes to mix the wet and the dry ingredients together. I stayed very close to the original recipe except for using 50/50 all-purpose and hard whole wheat flour. I also stirred in grated lemon zest before I juiced the lemon. Oh, and a touch of ground ginger too.
This recipe was featured in The Kitchn’s Eat Cake For Breakfast! 15 Cakes for Morning Enjoyment post. What a delightful collection of recipes! I also bookmarked the Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut and I’m sure it will not be long before I give it a spin in my kitchen too. I love the indulgence of eating cake for breakfast but truth be told, when I eat cake with my morning coffee, it is probably laziness more than anything. Grabbing a piece of leftover cake from previous night’s dessert often seem infinitely easier than to come up with a healthy spread at those early hours. Of course there are rare occasions when I actually bake cake first thing in the morning, before anyone wakes up. It is such a lovely surprise for everyone in the house to wake up to the enticing aroma of freshly baked cake.