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Monday, January 7, 2013

A cake to call her own | Yogurt Cake (gâteau au yaourt)

Reading Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.. I came across this recipe for children.  Gâteau au Yaourt (Yogurt Cake) French children age 2-3ish that bake this cake made of yogurt using the yogurt cups as measuring.  

Well, Miss Scarlett turned 4 this week and I thought, we better do this already!  I mean she bakes with me all the time since very very young but never this recipe and something of her "own".  Anyway, it was fun.  I set up her table with the bowls and measuring and recipe and stood back and let her at it.  She opened the containers and measured the spoons and cups.  (The measuring doesn't have to be exact and it still will come out fine.)  So, no micro-managing.. just help and let them do it.  It was fun, she loved it and I highly recommend it.  The cake is delish, not too sweet and we added some frozen berries, her choice... huckleberries that I had picked in the fall.. and it is quite lovely with coffee in the morning, super moist.  Coffee, being for mama.  This is a good basic cake recipe I will keep in my repertoire . kids or not, definitely easy and worth making. 

Note:  The original recipe did not have vanilla extract or berries.. but we love both and are glad we added them!  I also opted for a healthy coconut oil and organic ingredients. If you choose chocolate over berries, I would decrease sugar to 3/4 cup. (we made it with the berries and used only 3/4 cup of sugar.. but I don't like sweet sweets and cut back where I can)
The original recipe uses the yogurt cups as measuring.. but we buy our yogurt in large containers, so that didn't work for us.. we just used measuring cups, which was fine for her.  I included the recipe both ways.  
Also, when pre-heating the oven, I place the glass jar or container of solid coconut oil in and carefully remove after a few minutes when melted.  This was the one step Scarlett wasn't able to do (duh).. pour the warm oil or mix it in.  And of course, she did not go near the oven.  (double duh)  On that note... You could always use a different oil that doesn't need to be warmed and the child could handle.  Again, this recipe is a great basic one that can be altered and changed to suit your needs.  Have fun and let your little one!    

French Yogurt Cake for Bébé

(2) 8oz containers of greek yogurt (plain)
2 eggs
(1) yogurt container of sugar (or 1 cup) or less :)
1/3 c. coconut oil, warmed and liquid
1 t. vanilla extract

(2) yogurt containers of flour (or 2 cups)
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. sea salt

(1) yogurt container of frozen berries or chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 375º 

Coat a 9" round or loaf pan with cooking spray. (We chose a heart shape)

In a large bowl combine yogurt, eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla.  In another bowl, whisk together  dry ingredients.  
Add dry ingredients to egg mixture, stir til just combined.. DON'T overmix, it doesn't need to be smooth.. is actually better if lumpy and barely mixed. 
Stir in frozen berries of choice or chocolate chips.

Bake 35-45min. until golden and a tester comes out clean and cake is set.  Cool 10 min. in pan and then turn out onto rack and cool completely. 

 So proud!

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