An easy moist Chocolate Chip Yogurt Cake, made with vanilla yogurt and lots of mini chocolate chips. This Easy Cake Recipe is perfect for breakfast, snack or even dessert!
Chocolate Chip Yogurt Cake Recipe
With everything that is going on with this damn virus, every single thing is upside down. I remember 4-5 weeks ago at home in Italy, and the virus had just hit a few in Milan, within a few weeks it was totally out of control.
Every March I go back to Toronto to be with my kids, family and friends and to keep a few personal appointments. Needless to say I already had a flight booked, and since I am what they call ‘high risk’ (asthma & copd) my husband insisted I leave and hopefully be safer in Canada.
Is there a safe country left? I have pretty well been in self isolation for over a month from Italy and I will just continue it here with my kids. We are all missing the Italian but hopefully this nightmare will end soon! We will share a slice of Yogurt Cake virtually!
How to make a Chocolate Chip Yogurt Cake
- In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.
- In a large bowl beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla for about five minutes.
- Then beat in half the flour next slowly add the oil while beating.
- Add the yogurt and remaining flour and beat then add the chips and continue to beat until smooth.
- Pour into the prepared cake pan and bake.
What does yogurt do in a cake?
It helps to add moistness to the cake and because of its tanginess it adds a tangy sweet taste. It helps to make the cake light and fluffy because Its acidity helps activate baking soda.
Can you substitute the yogurt?
If you don’t have yogurt then yes you can substitute with sour cream or buttermilk.
Why use room temperature ingredients?
Room temperature ingredients beat up better than cold, the ingredients will mix together a lot easier and smoother which helps to make a soft, tender cake. If the ingredients are cold you will have a flat tougher cake.
Does the cake need to be frosted?
Personally I rarely frost cakes anymore, I before a light dusting of powdered sugar as is the norm in Italian cakes.
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So if you are looking to try an Easy Cake I hope you give this Chocolate Chip Yogurt Cake a try and let me know how it goes. Be careful everyone and stay home.
Chocolate Chip Yogurt Cake Recipe
- 1 1/4 cups + 1 tablespoon all purpose flour (divided) (170 grams)
- 1/4 cup corn starch (34 grams)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 pinch salt
- 3 large eggs*
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150 grams)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I use corn or sunflower) (100 grams)
- 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon vanilla whole fat yogurt* (200 grams)
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (43 grams)
*Room temperature, be sure to remove from the fridge 30-45 minutes before using.
- Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C). Grease and flour an 8 or 9 inch (20-22 cm) cake or bundt pan.
- In a small bowl whisk the chocolate chip with a teaspoon of flour.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, corn starch, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- On medium speed beat for 5 minutes the eggs, sugar and vanilla, add half the flour mixture and beat, while continuing to beat slowly drizzle in the oil, then add the yogurt and remaining flour mixture, beat on low speed until smooth, fold in the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for approximately 30-35 minutes. Test for doneness with a toothpick. Let cool in pan then move to a wire rack. Dust with powdered / icing sugar before serving. Enjoy!
Gail Purcell says
My bundt cake pan is that standard size – 10 inches. Is that what you used?
Hi Gail I think a 10 inch pan will give you quite a thin cake. That one I used was an 8 inch. 🙂
Julie Ann says
I make this cake all the time. It’s one of my husband’s favorites and I have made it for dinner guests. I typically use full fat plain Greek yogurt and I usually sprinkle a teaspoon of granulated sugar on top of the batter before baking. It gives it a frosty sheen. Great recipe and easy to make.
Hi Julie Ann, thanks so much, glad everyone enjoys it. Great idea with the sugar. Have a great week and take care!
Tried & Tested!
Great recipe. Easy to follow.
Thanks for sharing♡
Hi Carol, thanks so much, so glad you liked it. Take care.
Leong Khuan Yen says
I did this cake tis morning. It turned out well. Moist,fluffy, soft and nice texture. I cut down the sugar by 15 grams. I used plain yogurt, omitted the vanilla essence and added extra chocolate chips. I shared with my neighborhood and friends. I will definitely do again. Thank you very much for your awesome recipe.
Hi Leong, thanks so much glad everyone enjoyed it. Have a great weekend.
Wow this cake is amazing. Just
Made it today. So moist and fluffy. Recipe was so easy to follow.
Thanks Janet glad you enjoyed it. Have a great week.
Is it possible to substitute honey for the sugar?
Hi Janell, yes you can, for every 1 cup of sugar, substitute 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey. And because honey is liquid you should also use one less egg. Let me know how it goes.
Hi, I’m in no way a baker but would love to try this cake . My question is if 2% Greek yogurt would work in this recipe?
Can’t wait to bake!
Hi Rita, yes 2% would work. I hope you like it, let me know how it goes.
This recipe sound soooo good. Do you know if it can be made gluten free
Hi Kathy, I have never used gluten free flour so I can’t really say.
I love Italian food. Can’t wait to try all your recipes.
Thank you for sharing
Hi Maria, thanks so much, I hope you enjoy them. Take care.
Made this today and it was great! Had some plain 5% greek yogurt that was expiring soon so I mixed in some vanilla extract to it and added shredded coconut to the batter as well. The texture of the cake was lovely. Felt like it could be slightly sweeter… Would increase the sugar to 1 cup next time.
Thanks for the great recipe!
Hi Rosemary, is there any particular benefit to the corn starch? A friend of mine substituted that with just flour…
Hi Shaz, yes it makes a cake softer and more tender.
This was so good. I reduced the sugar by a bit. Turned out well.
Hi Jamie, thanks so glad you enjoyed it.
I wanted to add that while the cake tasted good, it did not rise. I read some of your comments to the easy yogurt cake and I was wondering if it was because I had to beat by hand (no mixer) and /or I beat it too long? Also, I used a loaf pan as I do not have a bundt or cake tin. Could it be because of that? I am looking forward to trying the recipe again.
Hi Jamie, I think that you really need a mixer for this cake since it has to beat for 5 minutes, if you can beat it by hand for about 7 or 8 that might help. A loaf pan shouldn’t make a difference, I have made it in a loaf pan also and it was fine.The ingredients should be room temperature or maybe your baking powder was off. Let me know.
Baking POWDER written on recipe twice.
Thanks Susan, its suppose to be soda. Corrected.
Rosa Multari says
I love your receipes. They are delicious so basic always look forward to trying a new recepie. Thankyou. Rosa
Hi Rosa, thanks so much, glad you enjoy the recipes.