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French "Gâteau au yaourt" (A No-Measure Cake)

French “Gâteau au yaourt” (A No-Measure Cake)

  • Author: Delphine Fortin
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Cakes and pies
  • Cuisine: French


Discover French children’s favorite dessert! The school-famous “gâteau au yaourt” (yogurt cake) is a super simple no-measure cake to prepare for any occasion.



  • 1 container plain yogurt
  • 2 containers sugar
  • 3 containers all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 container vegetable oil, neutral in taste
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or lemon zest (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease a 9-inch (23 cm) spring form.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, pour the plain yogurt.
  3. Add the eggs, sugar, vanilla extract and oil. Whisk until combined.
  4. Wash the yogurt container and dry it.
  5. Add all-purpose flour, baking powder, and mix well.*
  6. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before serving. The cake will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


* You can also pour all the ingredients at once as listed above, and mix in the end. Proceed this order: 1 container yogurt, wash and dry, x2 containers sugar, x3 containers flour, 1 Tablespoon baking powder, x1 containers oil, 3 eggs, vanilla. It will take a little bit more of effort to mix but it’s a great way to learn the recipe by heart in the beginnings.

Keywords: gâteau au yaourt