Greek yogurt pound cake is a moist homemade pound cake recipe that uses Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. So easy and so good!
Originally published 7/26/13. Updated with new photos, tips, and recipe tweeks 6/19/18.
I have a list of family recipes that I want to create lighter versions of (like my grandma’s chocolate sheet cake), and I knew that this was the perfect opportunity to create a lighter version of my great aunt’s sour cream pound cake.
I love the original sour cream pound cake, but it’s full of butter, sugar, and full-fat sour cream. All of which make the cake delicious but definitely not light.
After some tinkering, I ended up with a cake that was every bit as moist, tangy, and delicious as the my great aunt’s cake but with considerably better nutritional stats.
Can I use all-purpose flour in place of cake flour?
You can. I’ve made the cake both ways. I prefer cake flour because it gives the cake a finer crumb and softer interior.
You can make your own cake flour substitute with this tutorion. However, all-purpose flour certainly works.
Could I use fat-free sour cream in place of the Greek yogurt?
I don’t recommend using fat-free sour cream. I’ve never had good luck baking with it.
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Greek Yogurt Pound Cake
- 3 cups cake flour¹
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ cups plain, non-fat Greek yogurt² at room temperature
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease and flour (or spray with a nonstick spray like Baker’s Joy that has flour in it) a 12-cup bundt pan.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat yogurt, butter, and sugar together until well-combined.
- Beat in eggs one at a time.
- Stir in extracts.
- Add flour mixture, and stir in until just combined.
- Pour batter into prepared bundt pan.
- Bake 60-80 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. You may need to cover the exposed cake with foil if it starts to brown too much.
- Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Make a cake flour substitute with this easy tutorial.
- If your yogurt has separated (looks watery on top), be sure to stir it before measuring.
- Nutrition facts are estimates.
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Hi..I followed the recipe to a “t” and unfortunately it didnt work. Placing the sugar, butter and yoghurt all at once didnt incorporate the butter at all. I was left with lumps, resulting in a dense and not so nice cake. Best to beat sugar and butter first then once this is mixed in well I’ll add the yoghurt.
Hi! It’s important to make sure that the yogurt and butter are both at room temperature. What you’re describing is what happens when cold yogurt and softened butter are mixed together. When you mix cold yogurt with softened butter, it causes the butter to cool and form lumps, so the butter and sugar won’t cream properly.
Julie Flowers says
Julie Flowers says
can i use plain fat free yogurt?
I haven’t tried using yogurt other than Greek yogurt to say for certain. If you try it, I’d love to hear how it turns out!
Susan Magnani says
Great recipe, Kate! I printed it out and noted that if you need a smaller size, you can cut recipe in half and it fits beautifully into a loaf pan. Watching the waistline, you know.
Thank you so much for that note!
This cake is so good and since it has yogurt instead of sour cream I feel like I’m eating healthier.
Aracelis Marrero says
Can l use gluten-free flour for this cake?
Hi! I haven’t tried using gf flour in this recipe, but I’ve had good luck using measure-for-measure flour in other recipes. Hope that helps!
Is it possible t bake this two loaf pans or 9×13 pans? I’ve never had good luck getting cakes out of bundt pans and purged my kitchen of them. What would the cooking time be?
I’m going to preface all of this by saying that I haven’t made this recipe in any other pan. With that said, I have a chocolate pound cake recipe that bakes in a 9×5 pan. The Greek yogurt pound cake recipe makes about 3x the batter that the chocolate pound cake recipe does, so you may find that you need 3 loaf pans. For the loaf cake, I bake it at 325F for 50-70 minutes. Hope that gives you a place to start!
Sharon D. says
I’ll never go back! I never thought I would find a sour cream lb. cake that was better than my Granny’s, she was the classic southern lady.
I had Greek yogurt (from another recipe) and some strawberries. I was wondering if making a lb. cake with yogurt would work. I took Kathy’s idea , halved the recipe and used your cakeflour substitution . It was amazing!!!
Thank you! I’m so glad that that worked out well for you!
Can I make this recipe in a loaf pan?
I haven’t tried it, but I would guess that it would work. However, fyi – this recipe makes a lot more batter than a loaf pan’s worth.
I’d love to use up sweetened Greek yogurt. How would I reduce the sugar as a result? In half maybe? Thanks!
I haven’t tried that out, so I can’t say for certain. Sugar both sweetens and provides stability in baked goods, so you may need to try out different amounts of sugar/yogurt before you find one that works well for you. Good luck!