Monday, January 24, 2011

French Yogurt Cake with Nutella

Nutella.  The stuff is to die for.  OK, maybe not die... but it's like nut meets chocolate in a spreadable form- how can you not like that?!
This cake caught my attention on Stacy Snack's blog.  A cake with greek yogurt and Nutella?!  Done and done. And we had guests coming to visit... an even better excuse for a cake.  Our poor friends, anytime people come to visit I fill their plates with goodies and treats as if they are poor college kids that never eat.  The truth is, it's just so much more fun to cook for others.

The cake didn't exactly go as planned, but what's new?  I'm sure you'll enjoy the tales that led to this marvelous slice.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.


1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
large pinch of salt
1 stick of butter, melted
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Greek plain yogurt 
1/4 cup Nutella

"Put dry ingredients in bowl and set aside."  This is where I have gone wrong in the past.  It's been a while, but alas the dry ingredients came back to haunt me again.

When Chris and I were in our first month of marriage, he went to Mexico with our students.  The night before his return, I decided to embark on my first baking adventure like a good new wifey.  We all know I'm not a late nighter- so long story short- I discovered the fire alarms that night because I forgot the flour in my chocolate zucchini bread causing it to bubble over and make an absolute mess.  After calling mom at midnight in complete distress, I added the flour back to the molten lava 45 minutes in- producing "odd, but tasty brownies."  I swore I would never forget the flour again.  More on that later.


Mix together eggs, butter, sugar and vanilla.

Then add yogurt.

Mix for three minutes for fluffiness.

Right about now, I was supposed to add the dry ingredients back in.  Too bad they were on the counter behind me.  I was too busy thinking about the swirly part of the cake.

Next, pour 2/3 of batter into greased cake pan.

Mix remaining third of batter with Nutella.

Nutella... so good.  You might have to pause and try it on a gram just to be sure it's as good as the last time you had it.  When my mother was making a cake growing up, our FAVORITE treat was to spread some of the left over frosting on grams for a little bite of heaven.

That is... if you can find the Nutella.  Chances are someone will be caught red-handed with it.

OK back to the cake.  Mix the Nutella batter in- pouring carefully and then delicately mixing it just on top for a perfect swirl.

It would have turned out SO pretty.  Right as I'm throwing the pan in the oven, I see this:

Oh ya.  Time to forget pretty, but it will taste the same.

pouring batter back into bowl to fix my mistake and add the dry ingredients.
the honest cook.

Back to the oven to bake for 40-45 minutes.

Let cool.  Top with powdered sugar.  The yogurt kept it so moist and creamy.  Didn't even need frosting.

Turned out great.  After all, anything with Nutella is just that: GREAT.


  1. I just went out and bought some Nutella today!I've never tried it before! I had to figure out the Weight watcher points though...(5) Yikes!
    Can't wait to try this cake!

  2. NM,
    Very nice blog. I am laughing that you forgot to add the dry ingredients! As I was looking at your step by step, I was wondering why it didn't look like my cake!!! Ha!
    Don't worry, I've done it before too.
    I made this cake again, and this time, just swirled the nutella into the top of the batter, so it was richer.