Donna Hay’s Lemon Yoghurt Cake

OMG hullo.

This is essentially a test post to see whether I bother to revive this poor, neglected blog. I have had, without sounding too up my own arse, a few requests to reboot the old dear so here we are. It’s not a full reboot but it is a bit of a ‘let’s see if anyone comments and feeds my ego enough that I continue booting the re- to its fullest extent.’

Life update: Boyfriend (aka technically husband but hey ho) remains gallantly willing to eat everything I make, NewHuman seems approximately and very obnoxiously 14, not 4 as he should be, and the dog continues to reach never before seen levels of melancholy. Status quo.


So if you’re after a cake that is (1) piss easy, (2) pleasingly lemony and soft, and (3) a literal cakewalk to make (one bowl, 5 mins max) then this is the one for you. I bang it out fairly regularly – FNAR – when I have short notice visitors or leftover yoghurt. Cause let’s be real here, anyone who claims to actively enjoy natural yoghurt is lying. I got dangerously close to really liking it, as it comes and unsullied, during a health kick earlier this year. Thank god I came to my senses in time.

Right. Pre-heat your fan oven to 160C.


2 eggs

300g self raising flour

A generous tablespoon lemon zest

60ml or so of fresh lemon juice

385g of caster sugar (I use 350g)

280g fresh natural yoghurt, Greek is nicest

180ml veg oil

2 tablespoons thyme leaves, if you’re Donna Hay, but not if you’re me and/or can’t be arsed

You’ll also want a cup of icing sugar, half a tablespoon of boiling water and one of lemon juice for when the cakes come out of the oven.

Into a large mixing bowl chuck the all the ingredients, bar the flour.

Not pretty.


See how fancy I’ve become in the last couple years? VIDEO.

Right. Once mixed, add the flour. Donna says to sift it first but I say don’t bother and I’d take her down in a fight any day of the week, so choose carefully.

Then pour into a greased Bundt tin. I don’t know what size Bundt tins Donna has but they must be boat-sized. I use a standard ring tin and then have enough mix left for another loaf. Brill.

Into the oven for 50-55 mins or until a skewer comes out clean. Whilst you wait, put the boiling water into the icing sugar. Again, you can sift here but why bother? Just start to mix it through and add the lemon juice. Essentially you’re making something that tastes like liquid sherbet. Keep adding lemon juice till it gets to a nice thick-but-runny consistency, as not very well demonstrated below.

Once the cakes come out of the oven give them 5 mins or so in the tin before turning out.

Then turn out onto a cooling rack, having put some kitchen towel or similar underneath. Then drizzle the shit out of that icing, drizzle and drizzle and do not even try to make it look neat. DO NOT.

Donna at this point sprinkles thyme leaves onto hers. Have you ever properly, carefully picked thyme leaves from their stalks? Donna doesn’t have to cause she has an army of kitchen assistants. I only have NewHuman and he’d rather drive toy cars into my legs than get involved with anything green. No thyme for me.

Then transfer onto a cake thingy or dinner plate. Whatever. Serve the fancy round one to guests and hide in the larder and eat the entire loaf one yourself.

It has the softest, loveliest crumb (thank you veg oil) and keeps lovely, and is thus nothing at all like me.

11 thoughts on “Donna Hay’s Lemon Yoghurt Cake

  1. OMG hello!
    I was just saying last night that I strongly want a cake tin with a hole in the middle, and I don’t know where this longing has come from.

  2. Rhonda says:

    Yummy and Welcome Back.. love the cake but adore the banter.. keep it up 😊💕

  3. narf7 says:

    Excuse me ma’am, who are you and what are you doing in my RSS Feed Reader? 😉 Seriously though, welcome back, even if it’s just for a short duration. It seems like a lot of people are having a break and coming back (usually at the start of winter when the thumb twiddling starts…) and I am most glad to see them. I slacked off a bit myself this year but now that summer is heaped up and pouring out prior to it’s actual date here in Tasmania I am more active attempting to show people how to garden when they are piss poor. It would appear there are a few piss poor people out there and even more penniless student hippies so my blog keeps staggering along from week to week. I, too, learned how to put in a video but I also (blowing on fist and rubbing it on my t-shirt in a grubby kind of smug way) took a class this year in how to make proper films with a film crew and EVERYTHING so whatever I produce from now on needs to be stellar so you can guess how many home produced videos I am going to put on my blog (bugger all is the answer to that 😉 ). Glad to see that the dog is still pensive. She is working hard at “vanting to be alone” and Earl still thinks that she is sexy. New Human is bordering on semi-matured human now by the sound of it and glad to hear that the boyfriend/husband/ is still politely eating what you are producing and if this yoghurt cake is anything to go by he is a lucky bugger indeed. SO lucky in fact that I am not going to show this post to Steve lest he demand I rustle up a few cake tins of glory like yours (which I am not going to do because I am basically THE female Quentin Tarantino now so I have more important things to think about than yoghurt and cake m’dear). As I said, glad to see you back and “G’day” from Aus 🙂

    • b-kom says:

      Hullo! I have SO much catching up to do on your blog. I shall get cracking. Big pats to the pups and I am excited to see your Hollywood style videos! My ‘garden’ is sad and winter-dead. I’ll look at some lush Tassie blog-gardening to cheer myself up. X

      • narf7 says:

        Your garden is well kept and civilised. Don’t expect the same in farthest flung rural Northern Tasmania as it aint gonna happen. Every year we emerge bleary eyed from our winter garden hibernation and the blackberries are off and running for another season. I managed to hack them down early but they are back for another swing, just like ACDC and twice as gnarly. Glad to see you back and my “awesome” videos may not be quite up to Hollywood standards yet 😉

  4. Izzy says:

    Love that loaf tin liner! I can’t bring myself to buy another tin so will try this in loaf form as it looks delicious

  5. sequinist says:

    Matthias keeps pestering me for this recipe, so now I have emailed it to him so that he never has any reason to complain that I am not making it. He can make it himself! This cake is ridiculously yummy.

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