Monday, August 13, 2012

Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cake

Kathleen's Let's Dish challenge is "Summer Fun".  I'm celebrating  on our patio with a mini lemon blueberry cake and one of my favorite iced teas.  The centerpiece is my miniature meyer lemon tree.  Can you spot my two lemons?  They look like limes!!  Does anyone know about these?  I'm using my favorite tray from Homegoods, a lemon bowl from Ross, lemon tea towel from Target and my Brentwood salad plate by Adams. 

This is an adapted recipe of Ina Garten's Lemon Yogurt Cake.  What's more summery than blueberries and lemons?  It seems the older I get the more I LOVE lemon desserts.  Since I had some blueberries in the fridge, I thought I'd add them.  This delicious cake is wonderful for breakfast, also.

This cake is soooo moist and flavorful!

Lemon bowl was $2.99 from Ross

 For the Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 3 extra-large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  •      1 cup blueberries, coated with 1 T. flour

    For the Lemon-Sugar mixture:
         1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
         1/3 cup sugar

    For the glaze:

    • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
    • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.  Instead,  I used  8 mini bundt pans and sprayed them with a baking spray that contains flour.

    Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it's all incorporated.  Add the blueberries and gently fold in.   Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.  The mini bundt cakes took about 25 minutes.

    Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

    When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Invert onto a cooling rack. I poked holes in the cake with a fork, or you could also use a toothpick.  While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in.  I like to do this over the kitchen sink to save clean-up!   Cool the cake(s).

    For the glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake.

    One of my favorite iced tea blends comes from The Peach Tree Tearoom in Fredericksburg, TX.  This is their house blend and they share the recipe:  3 bags of Lipton Orange Gardens, 1 bag of Bigelow Lemon Lift, steeped in 1/2 gallon of water.  It's refreshing , delicious and a perfect summer drink.

    I order the Lipton Orange Gardens online.  The Lemon Lift is easy to find. 

    I am sharing with: 

    Mix It Up Monday!
    On the Menu Monday
    Tea Time Tuesday
    You're Gonna Love It!
    Cowgirl Up
    Tabletop Tuesday
    Let's Dish!
    Full Plate Thursday
    Tablescape Thursday
    Potpourri Friday
    Foodie Friday
    Weekend Potluck
    Seasonal Sundays


    1. I'm a big lemon and blueberry fan, and this recipe sounds so good! I love your setting too, couldn't be nicer! I have a Meyer lemon tree that's a little over a year old and it has grown a lot, but no lemons yet. I think they get ripe in late winter?

    2. The cake looks yummy!...and the "lemon" theme is great!

    3. Your cake sounds great! I love lemon and haven't made anything with it in a while... gotta correct that! Also love your tree, I'd have one myself if only one window got good direct sunlight for a few hours in the winter. No luck, enjoy yours:@)

    4. Hi Kitty
      Your lemon-blueberry cake and iced tea sure say summer to me. I bought a bag of meyer lemons here once but didn't like them as they had a sweet-like flavour to them and I prefer the old fashioned tart lemons. (I add wedges to my water glass)

    5. Mmm, lemon and blueberries are such a treat, Kitty! Iced tea would hit the spot too as the evening is very warm here right now. I did spot your lemons! Thank you for joining me for tea and I hope you have a beautiful week.


    6. I made this on Sunday but yours turned out prettier than mine. Wasn't it a good cake tho? Hubbie even liked it and I was afraid it would be a bit tart for him. Hugs Carol

    7. I love this flavor combo...these look delish!

    8. That looks delicious! Thanks for stopping by! I have been following you too. Have a great week!

    9. Hi Kitty,
      Thank you so much for the recipes! I have always loved baked goods with lemon, so I can't wait to try this one. I just realized I was not a real follower of your blog, so now just signed up! Have a great evening!

    10. Hi Kitty,

      Everything looks delicious! Perfect for summer.

    11. I am printing this one out! Very wonderful!

    12. Hi Kitty,
      Lemons and Blueberries! AHHH could anything be more Heavenly! YES, a recipe from you, my Dear... I'm printing it out as a "MUST,MUST,MUST MAKE"!!!
      Thank you SO much,
      Big Hugs,

    13. Blueberries and lemons are my favorite "pair", and your dessert looks wonderful. We pick blueberries locally, and I think this Saturday might be the final day. They give out recipes each year, and I have seven volumes of wonderful blueberry recipes. I'll be adding yours to my folder. Your meyer lemon tree must smell sooooo good.

      The ice tea sounds very refreshing! Don't you love when you find a tea that strikes your fancy?

    14. Kitty,
      Your lemon tree is so pretty. The dessert looks so delicious and lemon and blueberries just seem to go together. Your lemon bowl is perfect with this setting. Thanks for the hint about the tea and I love Fredricksburg!

      Thanks, Pam

    15. Lemon flavored anything is so refreshing! Sometimes, chocolate is just too heavy. Your cake looks delicious, and I can't wait to try it!

    16. What a delectable-looking cake--gorgeous! And I love the tea recipe as well--will have to try that. Thank you, Kitty, for your wonderful blog--I feel so fortunate to have found your great cooking blog. I appreciate you stopping by my blog for a visit today!

    17. Yummy! I eat lemon yogurt and blueberries with a sprinkling of granola most mornings. Will give this recipe a try.

    18. Kitty~ I'm wishing I had your mini cake right now! I love the combination of blueberry and lemon! I love your lemon cloth and bowl! Your ice tea blend sounds delicious and refreshing too :)

    19. An actual lemon tree! How cool is that??!?!?!!!! Wow! Maybe the lemons will turn yellow after maturation? I don't know. Living in the Midwest, such answers are foreign to me! I just love that fact that you actually have that tree, though!!! The lemon-blueberry cake sounds good!!!!! It would be great with morning coffee, afternoon tea, or a midnight snack with milk!

    20. This looks so good! Such a lovely setting. I have a miniature Meyer lemon tree if I can help in any way. My lemon (only one this year, rough start!) looks like a lime now too. In my climate, they ripen in the late fall.

    21. Thanks for the recipes. The cake looks and sounds yummy and I love a "gourmet" iced tea.

    22. You reeled me right in with the blueberries (healthy) and lemons (healthy).. right? healthy!!! I think this would be a great dessert for breakfast or afternoons with a good glass of tea!!! thanks.. xo marlis

    23. Thank you for sharing your recipe for this yummy goodness at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

    24. This looks so delicious! I look forward to making this one! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Cherry Kay

    25. Kitty,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and joining my blog!
      Take care,

    26. Lemon plus blueberry equals yum! Looks and sounds wonderful!

    27. Good Morning Kitty,
      I am looking at this wonderful cake from the beach this morning, not missing the heat at home, but hope you are staying cool. I just pinned your awesome recipe and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
      Come Back Soon,
      Miz Helen

    28. Looks and sounds yummy...lemon/blueberry is a great combo.

    29. What a cute setting, love the lemon bowl.
      The blueberry cake looks delicious!
      Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

    30. Wow! I can't wait to try this. I LOVE lemon and the addition of the yogurt sounds spectacular.

      - The Tablescaper

    31. Perfect timing Kitty! I am having a houseful this weekend and like to have some sweet treats to have on hand so my guest can nibble and have a cup of morning coffee! Oh yummy! I bet there will not be a crumb left!
      Thanks ahead of time!!!! And thanks for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY!

    32. The blueberry cake looks yummy and I love how you did them individually, so cute for serving in each plate at a tea party. I love your setting, it's so lovely in that pretty plate and the lemon bowl for $2.99, so cute! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I just copied it. Have a great week.

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    34. Hi, Kitty.
      Your recipe looks delicious! I'll try it soon. Can you please tell me where online you ordered the Orange Garden tea? I haven't been able to find it locally. Thank you!

      1. Hi Helen, I hope you receive this comment. I couldn't email you back because you're a "no reply" comment. blogger. I order the tea from Lipton, which is a Unilever company. I hope you find it.


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