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Greek Yogurt Pound Cake

Greek Yogurt Pound Cake

Recently, someone from Chobani contacted me to ask if they could send me some yogurt. Since I use their plain, non-fat Greek yogurt in so many of my recipes, I was thrilled. And I knew exactly what I was going to make first. 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, but it’s full of butter, sugar, and full-fat sour cream. 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.

Rather than topping the peaches with some whipped cream, I used a little of my favorite fruit dip on them. Simply mix together 2 tablespoons of brown sugar (more or less, depending on your desired level of sweetness) and 1/2 cup of plain, non-fat Greek yogurt.

Greek Yogurt Pound Cake
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Greek Yogurt Pound Cake

Ingredients

  • 3 c . all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp . salt
  • 1/4 tsp . baking soda
  • 1 ½ c . plain , non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c . butter , softened
  • 3 c . granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp . vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp . almond extract

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat yogurt, butter, and sugar together until well-combined.
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  5. Stir in extracts.
  6. Add flour mixture, and stir in until just combined.
  7. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan.
  8. Bake for 50-60 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.
  9. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Greek Yogurt Pound Cake

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Kylie
    May 24, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Mmm will definitely be trying. I have the worst sweet tooth ever and it seems like “healthy” desserts are an oxymoron.. this gave me hope. Wondering how many calories in a slice…

    • Reply
      Kate
      May 28, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      Hope you enjoy it! =)

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    Amanda
    January 9, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    I made this and it was AMAZING! My guests gobbled it up, even the ones that weren’t “dessert” people. I ended up using 2% greek yogurt, because that was what I had on hand and I had to cook it a bit longer….about 10 more minutes. A total winner! I’m done using my old sour cream recipe!

    • Reply
      Kate
      January 10, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Yay!! I’m so glad that you and your guests liked it! Thanks for taking the time to come back and leave a comment! =)

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    Deb
    September 17, 2016 at 7:37 am

    I also didn’t put 3 cups of sugar I did 2 and it still was enough!

    • Reply
      Kate
      September 17, 2016 at 9:01 am

      I’m glad you were able to change that for your tastes!

  • Reply
    Deb
    September 17, 2016 at 7:36 am

    I don’t think 1/4 tsp was enough!! Really heavy too much . If I try this recipe again I will put the 1 1/4 tsp for sure!!

    • Reply
      Kate
      September 17, 2016 at 9:05 am

      The pound cakes that I’ve had have always been dense, so if that isn’t what you’re looking for, please feel free to play around with the recipe to suit your tastes.

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    cathy
    January 11, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    3 cups of sugar is a lot. I don’t think I will try this.

    • Reply
      Kate
      January 11, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      Ok. =)

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    katherine
    June 19, 2014 at 11:05 am

    1/4 tsp baking soda seems like not enough leavening for a cake this large. should it be 1 1/4?

    • Reply
      Kate
      June 19, 2014 at 11:11 am

      I double checked my original recipe, and it is 1/4 tsp. The cake isn’t going to rise a lot, so the 1/4 tsp. works. However, if you feel uncomfortable with that amount, feel free to play around with it.

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    [email protected] and More
    August 7, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Kate, this cake sounds so refreshing and I love the idea of using a fruit dip instead of whipped cream! Thanks for sharing at Thursday’s Treasures, I’m featuring you this week!

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      August 7, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks so much, Joan!! That’s awesome!! =)

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    [email protected] nourished living
    July 31, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I saw this on lil luna and boy did it catch my eye. I love using Greek yogurt in baking and the idea of lighter pound cake is so appealing, especially when topped with fresh fruit. I’ve bookmarked this to try. Thanks!!

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      August 1, 2013 at 1:35 am

      Thanks for coming by to check it out!! I hope you enjoy the cake! =)

  • Reply
    Jen Nikolaus
    July 30, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    YUM! This looks fantastic! I LOVE pound cake and a lightened version sounds great! Thanks for sharing, Kate!

    ~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      July 31, 2013 at 12:26 am

      Thanks so much, Jen!! And thanks for stopping by! =)

  • Reply
    Shannon @ Searching For Dessert
    July 28, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    The pound cake looks so moist and has a beautiful crust! I can’t wait to try this recipe :)

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      July 29, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks!! It was extremely moist, and it kept well. Two days after I made it, it still tasted fresh. I hope you enjoy the cake!! =)

  • Reply
    domestic bliss squared
    July 28, 2013 at 9:59 am

    This is awesome! I will be checking out the other recipes for sure, and I’m now a follower! I love using greek yogurt in my recipes too, and now I’m inspired! I’ve already pinned this and several of your recipes, I’m loving your blog!

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      July 29, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks so much for checking them out and for following along!! If you like using Greek yogurt, I have a ton of recipes on here that you may like. Thanks so much, and I’m glad to have you here!! =)

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    Amy @ swiss miss in the kitchen
    July 27, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Oh Kate this cake looks fantastic!! Love the addition of greek yogurt I’m sure the cake tasted amazing moist with it!
    xox Amy

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      July 27, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      Thanks so much, Amy!! Yeah, I’m a huge fan of baking with Greek yogurt. =)

  • Reply
    Kim of Mo'Betta
    July 27, 2013 at 7:48 am

    I love pound cake, but I love this lighter version even more. My MIL makes an incredible pound cake, that weighs about 10 lbs full of shortening, butter, eggs! I gain 10 lbs just looking at it, so I’m going to pin this to try soon!

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      July 27, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      I hope you enjoy the cake! It’s always hard to beat a family recipe, though! =)

  • Reply
    Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats
    July 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Yum! This sounds delicious, I love that you used greek yogurt to make it healthier and that you have fresh fruit on the side. Definitely have to try this one. Pinning!

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      July 27, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks, Krista!! I hope you enjoy the cake! =)

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    [email protected]
    July 26, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I rarely ever eat pound cakes because of all the butter, but I’d eat this one! I just love baking with Greek yogurt.

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      July 26, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Me too!! I grew up with pound cake having pound cake on special occasions, and I love it. I don’t eat it very often, though, because they usually have 3 (or more) sticks of butter in them. You and I are totally on the same page with the Greek yogurt! I hope you enjoy the cake!! =)

  • Reply
    Debra Elliott
    July 26, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Yummy in my tummy

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      July 26, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Thanks!! =)

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