Yogurt Jar Cake

This Italian Family
by This Italian Family
1 cake
50 min

In Italy this is also known as the 7 jars yoghurt cake as you literally making it by using an empty yogurt jar to measure out most of the ingredients. If you don't have a small jar you can just use normal US cups, going for 1 jar = 1/2 cup.

If you’ve always wanted to bake something with your child or toddler, start here! This is a cake I’ve been making with my son since he was very little and recently started also with my 16 months old daughter, as it’s scales-free and absolutely perfect for little chefs to make almost independently (especially if you have a robot that whisks for you). It’s also super versatile, read the tips section for some flavour suggestions!

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Recipe details
  • 1  cake
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 40 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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  • 1 small jar of yoghurt equivalent to 1/2 cup (to add flavour use a fruity yogurt, also dairy-free works well)
  • 2 jars sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 jar sunflower oil
  • 2 jar self raising flour
  • 1 jar cornflour
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence (optional for flavour)

Empty a jar of yoghurt and put the contents in a small container, then rinse and dry your jar to use for measuring the other ingredients.
In a big bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar using an electric whisk until white and foamy. Add the oil and the yoghurt back in and continue beating them.
Gradually add in the flour and cornflour and continue beating. Add the vanilla essence if you want.
Pour the batter in a 20-22cm cake tin that you previously greased with oil and a dusting of flour.
Bake at 180 degrees Celsius in a static oven (so not in fan mode) for 40-45 minutes.
Leave to cool down before eating.
  • Other flavours:
  • Chocolate: go for plain yogurt, substitute the cornflour for cocoa powder and add some chocolate chunk
  • Lemon: choose a lemon yogurt and instead of the vanilla essence put in the grated peel of one lemon The possibilities are endless, try it with apples, dried fruit or filled with jam too!
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  • Suemattern1 Suemattern1 on Mar 20, 2022

    What size are the jars?

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    • This Italian Family This Italian Family on Mar 20, 2022

      Yes it's about half a cup. The exact measurement isn't important really as you use the same jar throughout the recipe, so if you can't find one that is about half a cup or 5oz it's not a bit issue :D Hope that helps

  • Vik24238980 Vik24238980 on Mar 21, 2022

    I am going to try this. I am always looking for easy dessert recipes. I am betting that this is a good place to use lemon flavoured yoghurt. Mmmm....

    Is Greek yoghurt an option? Or just regular?

    Note to the author, your first ingredient is a yoghurt jar? For dummies like me, it would be clearer if it said "1 small jar of yoghurt equivalent to 1/2 cup"

    • This Italian Family This Italian Family on Mar 22, 2022

      I only ever used regular yogurt as I fear greek yogurt would be too dense to make it work. Thanks for the tip too, I will change the recipe accordingly as you are right, it reads better :D