Garam Masala Yogurt Cake

Garam Masala Yogurt Cake is a moist, flavorful dessert with a texture similar to pound cake. No stand mixer required!

Garam Masala Yogurt Cake is a moist, flavorful dessert with a texture similar to pound cake. No stand mixer required! Get this super easy recipe from SavorySimple.net

I appreciate everyone who has been reaching out to me since my recent post about a prolonged bought with fatigue. I’ve been grateful for all of the thoughts, suggestions and words of encouragement.

Garam Masala Yogurt Cake is a moist, flavorful dessert with a texture similar to pound cake. No stand mixer required! Get this super easy recipe from SavorySimple.net

After a visit with the doctor, it looks like everything is fine with me physically. This was both good news and bad. It’s obviously good news that I’m healthy. The bad news is that it appears I’m dealing with some intense stress and depression, which isn’t a quick and easy fix. However, this isn’t my first time dealing with these issues and I’ll battle my way out of it. I always do.

In the meantime, I’m surviving on autopilot and nothing is optimal. I’m doing my best but my heart isn’t in the kitchen right now. There’s very little originality or creativity. I decided to infuse some flavors into a yogurt cake.

Garam Masala Yogurt Cake is a moist, flavorful dessert with a texture similar to pound cake. No stand mixer required! Get this super easy recipe from SavorySimple.net

It’s a Dorrie Greenspan recipe I’ve adapted before, but this time I’m infusing it with one of my favorite Indian spices, garam masala. You can find it in most grocery stores. You can also make your own. I’ve included a yogurt sauce for serving but the cake is very good by itself. It’s also really tasty with lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Garam Masala Yogurt Cake is a moist, flavorful dessert with a texture similar to pound cake. No stand mixer required! Get this super easy recipe from SavorySimple.net

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Garam Masala Yogurt Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs
Total Time
1 hrs 10 mins
 

Garam Masala Yogurt Cake is a moist, flavorful dessert with a texture similar to pound cake. No stand mixer required! 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 10 -12 slices
Author: Jennifer Farley
Ingredients
for the cake
  • 5 ounces (1 cup) all purpose flour
  • ounces (1/2 cup) almond meal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • ½ cup full fat or low fat yogurt
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
for the orange yogurt sauce (optional, see notes)
  • 1 cup full fat or low fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey, warmed to thin out
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan (I used baking spray with flour) and place it on a baking sheet.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk together the flour, almond meal, baking powder, garam masala, and salt.
  3. Add the sugar and orange zest to a large bowl and rub the ingredients together between your fingers until aromatic. Add the yogurt, eggs and vanilla, whisking until smooth. Continue to whisk while adding the dry ingredients. Switch to a spatula and fold in the melted butter until smooth.
  4. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and smooth out 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 5-10 minutes, then carefully transfer to a rack to finish cooling.
  7. To prepare the orange yogurt sauce (if using), whisk together the yogurt, orange juice and honey (I microwave the honey for around 10 seconds to thin it out. This will help prevent it from clumping in the yogurt).
  8. Serve the cake plain or with the sauce. The cake is also wonderful with lightly sweetened, freshly whipped cream.
Recipe Notes

This cake is also wonderful served by itself or with fresh whipped cream.

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

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  • This looks delicious and if this is the sort of stuff you’re producing while you’re feeling a little below par, I can’t wait to see the even more fabulous stuff you’ll be making when you’re back to full health.

    This is stunning in its simplicity and I love the use of garam masala, I’ve never seen it used in a sweet dish before, although I am a fan of baking with cardamom and I think that is in garam masala!?!

  • I’m rooting for you to pull out of this because I know you will. Plus you’re the best !!! This is a beautiful cake Jen, lovely Indian flavors and yogurt in a cake :)

  • What a fantastic flavor combination. Thank you for being so real about what you’re going through right now, and know that we’re right there with ya, listening and cheering you on.

  • You know how I’m usually like ten steps behind? Just read this…sending you a big fat ginormous hug and hoping you feel yourself again soon. Oh…and gorgy cake…I want it all! xoxoxo