I don't bake - maybe once or twice a year. It's not that I don't like sweet stuff, but I rarely make it past the 'make a curry' stage.
I first sampled this one in Istanbul after a day of sightseeing and eating - managing to squeeze in ONE final treat. What a Turkish delight! A zingy, citrus extravaganza. Mid-way between a cake, a flan and a baked soufflé, and quite unlike anything I'd eaten before - it's absolutely the kind of sweet dish that I love. Not sickly-sweet, not gooey and heavy. It's a light, bright, fresh and healthy end to any epic eating session (that's what I call a meal).
A five ingredient easy yoghurt cake
To make this cake even more special, this yoghurt cake only has 5 ingredients! Each working remarkably hard to creating the most incredible citrus flavour and soft, light texture. The cake I ate in Istanbul was made with lemons, but I gotta say - for me, limes are where it's at! You can sue either.
This yoghurt cake is so simple - but don't let that fool you into thinking there's not a lot of flavour going on. Baking with yoghurt creates a wonderful lightly sour note to the cake while keeping it extra-moist. This cake so wonderful on its own, but served with a dollop of cream mixed with a little powdered sugar and a tsp (or less) of rosewater, it's sheer perfection.
A special note
The cake will rise spectacularly in the oven, then fall like a soufflé. This is perfectly normal. Just look at my cake below. It's pretty flat - but this is how it's supposed to be. Fear not.
The perfect ending to any Turkish feast.
Like the epic meal I ate in Istanbul, a Turkish feast is not truly over until you've forced down a slice of this lime & yoghurt cake. Here's the perfect meal plan spread for your first or next Turkish inspired dinner party. That said, this cake is also perfectly acceptable with a cup of Joe and an episode of trash TV.
Flatbreads served with Turkish Carrot Salad, Beetroot & Yoghurt Dip, Turkish Bean Salad (Piyaz) and Eggplant Dip
Turkish Bulghur Pilaf with Lamb & Silverbeet alongside Garlic & Yoghurt Sauce and Sumac Onions
Turkish Lime & Yoghurt Cake (recipe and video below)
served with whipped cream mixed with a little rosewater and honey
Turkish Raki mixed with a little water