This Fromage Blanc Cake (aka yogurt cake) is similar in taste and consistency to pound cake but much easier to prepare! Berry compote adds a seasonal touch.

I was first introduced to fromage blanc at culinary school. It sounds so fancy, doesn’t it? Before anyone gets all huffy with me for using fussy ingredients, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Fromage blanc is basically French yogurt. This is yogurt cake. And you know what else? It’s really easy to make. No stand mixer required. 

This Fromage Blanc Cake (aka yogurt cake) is similar in taste and consistency to pound cake but much easier to prepare! Berry compote adds a seasonal touch.

Am I weird for wanting to make fromage blanc cake instead of yogurt cake? Yes, but I like to make fancy sounding food. Do you remember that old Rice Krispies commercial where the mom wanted her family to think she was slaving away all day in the kitchen but she was actually reading a book and eating Rice Krispie treats? And then she dusted her face with flour and made a pathetic face before bringing her family the treats? That’s kind of what I’m doing here.

This Fromage Blanc Cake (aka yogurt cake) is similar in taste and consistency to pound cake but much easier to prepare! Berry compote adds a seasonal touch.

You can use yogurt if you prefer. Fromage blanc can be found at most grocery stores near the cheese section (I typically use the brand Vermont Creamy). But you will never make an easier cake. You basically just whisk the ingredients together, pour the batter into a loaf pan and bake it. The taste and texture is very similar to pound cake but with a bit more texture from the almonds.

This Fromage Blanc Cake (aka yogurt cake) is similar in taste and consistency to pound cake but much easier to prepare! Berry compote adds a seasonal touch.

I cooked down blueberries to make the berry compote (use whichever berry you like) but you can even skip this step and just serve the cake with whipped cream and fresh berries. But don’t tell anyone it’s easy. Make them think you slaved away all day in your kitchen. Just because.

This Fromage Blanc Cake (aka yogurt cake) is similar in taste and consistency to pound cake but much easier to prepare! Berry compote adds a seasonal touch.

Fromage Blanc Cake with Berry Compote
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 5 ounces (1 cup) all purpose flour
  • 2½ ounces (1/2 cup) almond meal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • grated zest from 1 lemon
  • ½ cup fromage blanc (or plain yogurt)
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
for the berry compote:
  • 1 pint berries (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan and place it on a baking sheet.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk together the flour, almond meal, baking powder and salt.
  3. Add the sugar and zest to a large bowl and briefly rub the ingredients together between your fingers until aromatic. Add the fromage blanc, eggs and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Continue whisking and add the dry ingredients. Switch to a spatula and fold in the melted butter until smooth.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
  5. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  7. To prepare the berry compote, stir the berries and sugar together in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir together the water and cornstarch and add to the simmering pot. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the berries have partially broken down and the liquid has thickened to a sauce consistency, approximately 7-10 minutes.
Notes
I used blueberries in this recipe but any berry will work. Try raspberries, cherries or strawberries!

Adapted from Baking: From My Home To Yours by Dorrie Greenspan

 

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  • http://www.eatstyleplay.com Elle @ (Eat.Style.Play)

    This looks amazing! It looks super light and really moist too.

  • http://tramplingrose.com Rachel

    I am SO making this while I’m on vacation next week!

  • http://www.foodpleasureandhealth.com dixya@food, pleasure, and health

    this sounds so fancy yet simple..this is a perfect way to use up strawberries.

  • http://realfoodbydad.com Matt Robinson

    So fancy sounding, but incredibly easy and so tasty. Love this. The pictures are beautiful as always:)

  • http://tutti-dolci.com Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Beautiful, love the berry compote!

  • http://philosophyandcake.blogspot.com Baby June

    What an elegant cake! I love the presentation, your photos are very lovely and atmospheric. This sounds like it would be amazing with tea! :)

  • http://www.londonbakes.com Kathryn

    Such beautiful pictures Jennifer! This is my absolute favourite kind of cake – perfectly simple but just so delicious.

  • http://www.edibleperspective.com Ashley

    So simple + stunning! At first I was thinking there must be some type of wine or alcohol in the cake, haha. Good to know it’s just fancy French yogurt. I had no clue. :) Yogurt is such an awesome addition to baked goods!

  • http://addalittle.wordpress.com Millie l Add A Little

    Looks delicious and the photography is beyond gorgeous as usual!!

  • http://www.bakersroyale.com bakersroyale@yahoo.com

    So lovely. The pics are gorgeous. I’m with you fromage cake sounds fancy but it’s so easy!

  • Cristina Calvo

    Really thought this must be so expensive to make like many fine French cakes and delicacies. It’s a relief knowing that my favorite tummy healer – yogurt – is the key to this cake. As usual your photos are a delight. They’re starving me in an instant.

  • http://diethood.com Kate @ Diethood

    That is beyond gorgeous!! French yogurt is so freakin’ good so I can only imagine the amazing texture and flavor that it adds to this cake! As always, BEAUTIFUL!!

  • http://www.bellalimento.com Paula – bell’alimento

    This is simple perfection.

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    I love how easy the recipe is – and how fancy it sounds!

  • http://www.thesweet-toothlife.com Mary Frances

    Haha, you make me smile! Honestly, everything you make always sounds so fancy. If you are dusting your face with flour, its because you are working hard, making the best of whatever it is you are baking! A French yogurt sounds amazing right now. That berry compote would be a lovely addition to so many summer treats, too. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://butterlustblog.com Katie @ Butterlust

    you’re fancy cake is incredibly beautiful – the texture comes through beautifully in your photos! going to keep my eye out for fromage blanc at my local market!

  • http://www.natashaskitchen.com Natasha of Natashaskitchen.com

    This looks so yummy! Looks like comfort food to me! I can almost taste those berries. What a perfect combination! Pinned :)

  • http://www.countrycleaver.com Megan {Country Cleaver}

    I am all for a gorgeous cake that doesn’t require a stand mixer!! Beautiful!

  • Cheryl

    What if I don’t have almond meal? Where do you buy it or can I make my own? Can you substitute?

    • Jennifer Farley

      You can swap out the almond meal with the same amount of all purpose flour. You can also buy blanched almonds (with the skins removed) and grind them finely in a food processor. But almost all grocery stores now carry almond meal/flour. I typically use the brand Bob’s Red Mill.

  • http://anhsfoodblog.com Anh

    I remember tasting the best yoghurt in France! In Australia where I am, yoghurt is increasingly better! Thanks for this simple cake recipe!