Lemon Yogurt Cake -Eggless

June 19, 2022mayurisjikoni
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Event: Sunday Funday

Theme: Yogurt

Recipe: Lemon Yogurt Cake – Eggless

Lemon Yogurt Cake – Eggless is so easy to make, moist with a soft crumb and refreshingly delicious. Slightly tangy, the addition of black poppy seeds adds a delightful texture to the overall flavour.


A Bit About Lemon Yogurt Cake – Eggless

The first time I baked a lemon yogurt cake, with eggs I simply fell in love with the flavour and soft texture. My friend tasted the cake and asked if I could bake one without eggs. I just increased the amount of yogurt and voilà it worked. Subsequently, baked it several times without eggs.

I just cannot resist the lemons we get here in the grocery stores. So different from the Indian lemons that I’ve been using in Kenya and India. Eureka and Lisbon ones are mostly available throughout the year. The fragrance of these lemons are so so good and I love the flavour too. Not too tangy, just the right amount for any desserts or cakes. The zest or peel too adds so much flavour and fragrance.

Sunday Funday

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Theme: Yogurt

Okay enough about lemons.. let us come to the main theme for this week… Yogurt. My all time favourite, cannot imagine life without yogurt. That is probably why I cannot follow a vegan diet. I would miss the real flavour of yogurt.. and butter…and cream…and cheese.. and milk…okay I guess you got my point. I just feel the vegan versions are not the same.

For this theme have decided to share Lemon Yogurt Cake, an eggless or egg free version. I actually baked it last in Feb for my birthday and took photos so that I could post the recipe on my blog. However, didn’t get round to it and the recipe remained in the draft till Sue who blogs at Palatable Pastimes suggested Yogurt as the theme. And finally, time has come to post my favourite cake recipe.


Recipes With Yogurt

For most Indian kitchens, yogurt is an integral part of the cuisine. Added to curries, rice, drinks, desserts, etc. I go through tonnes of yogurt. If I am not adding yogurt to my smoothies for breakfast then a bowlful of yogurt with fresh fruit is what I love to have. Lately, I am obsessed by the Liberte Coconut Yogurt. Real yogurt with coconut flakes and taste.. not the vegan version.

I wouldn’t go into the facts on how healthy yogurt is and why you should include it in your diet. But here are some recipes you can check out where yogurt is used:

healthy, delicous, filling, creamy mango yogurt smoothie is perfect for both kids and adults as a filling snack or as a breakfast option.
Check out this recipe
Dahi Bhindi/Okra Yogurt Curry
Dahi Bhindi/Okra Yogurt Curry is creamy, slightly spicy and tangy curry that goes well with any Indian Flatbread like roti, paratha, naan or rice. An easy curry to prepare, it is a different way to enjoy okra or bhindi from the usual dry preparation.
Check out this recipe
Yogurt Potato Curry is a creamy, delicious, slightly spicy curry. Enjoy it with any Indian Flatbread or rice. Easy to make, this curry generally features on my table when I have guests over. It is relished both by adults and kids. 
Check out this recipe
A mild but delicious curry with slight sweetness from the coconut, tanginess from the yogurt and flavours from the herbs and spices.
Check out this recipe
Turmeric Yogurt Salad Dressing has flavours of fresh turmeric and ginger infused well into the plain yogurt, making this dressing not only a naturally colourful, but also a very delish one.
Check out this recipe
Baingan Ka Raita or Eggplant Yogurt Dip is a delicious, yogurt based side dish. Eggplants are roasted and added to plain thick yogurt along with spices.
Check out this recipe
A creamy, thick yogurt and chickpea flour based okra curry which is famous in the Gujarati Cuisine. Best enjoyed with some pearl millet flatbread or wheat flour flatbread.
Check out this recipe
Fajeto | Gujarati Mango Kadhi or mango curry is a delicious, sweet, tangy and spicy mango and yogurt curry. In fact, Fajeto is often made along with aamras.
Check out this recipe
Potato Salad with Fresh Dill is a flavourful, creamy and delicious salad. A wonderful salad to prepare ahead for parties, BBQ, or to serve at a pizza party. Enjoy on its own as a light meal.
Check out this recipe
Soft,moist, melt in the mouth, eggless chocolate cake with ganache topping makes a wonderful celebration cake for any occasion.
Check out this recipe
A refreshing, nutritious, healthy, thick and creamy yogurt drink to enjoy during the hot summer, as breakfast, a light meal or as a cooling drink.
Check out this recipe
Dahi Papdi Chaat is a crisp, tangy, sweet, flavorful, lip smacking, street food that is very common in the Indian Sub Continent. 
Check out this recipe

Now that is it summer, Tzatziki is a dip I make often to go with vegetable sticks, pita chips and even potato chips.

Check Out How Fellow Members Of Sunday Funday Have Used Yogurt

Some Tips For That Perfect Soft Texture

  • don’t use watery thin sour yogurt. Yogurt must be thick. If your home made yogurt is watery, remove the water or whey by putting the yogurt in a muslin cloth. Line a colander with the cloth. Add yogurt and allow the excess water/whey to drain out in a bowl placed under the colander.
  • don’t throw away the whey. Add it to curries (kadhi), or use it to make the dough of roti or paratha.
  • Adding poppy seeds is optional.
  • Make sure the lemon is fresh. Don’t used ready made lemon juice.
  • Grate the peel. Make sure you don’t grate the white part as it tends to be bitter.
  • Depending on the consistency of the yogurt, you msy need to add 1-2 tbsp milk or water to the batter. Do the dropping test, pick up batter with a spatula and allow it to fall. If it does not fall easily add 1-2 tbsp of liquid.
  • Store the cake in an airtight container in the fridge. Will last for about 5-6 days. Can wrap it in cling film and then store in a container.
  • After adding the flour mixture don’t mix it too much. Just enough so that the flour is incorporated into the butter yogurt mixture.
  • Allow the cake to cool in the tin before removing it. Usually eggless cakes tend to break when you try to remove it from the pan while it is hot.
  • For the cake to bake evenly, don’t bake it in a small tin. If the cake batter is high, it will remain raw in the middle. If that happens, lower the heat to 150°C and allow it to bake for a further 5 minutes.

Ingredients Required For Lemon Yogurt Cake, Eggless

  • Plain Flour – all purpose flour. I don’t use wheat flour for this as I would that slight lovely summery yellow colour to show up without adding any food colouring.
  • Sugar – granulated white.
  • Plain Yogurt – should be thick and not watery. Strain out excess water or whey if necessary. Best to use Greek Yogurt if available.
  • Lemon – for the juice and the zest. Depends on the size you may need 1-1½ lemons. Need the juice and zest for both the cake and the glaze. If you are using Indian lemon then add only 2 tbsp as they are quite sour.
  • Butter – I have used salted. Must be soft but not melted.
  • Baking Soda – soda bicarbonate
  • Salt – Add a bit more if you are using unsalted butter.
  • Black Poppy Seeds – I love adding them to any lemon dessert as they compliment each other. You can omit them.
  • Icing Sugar – confectioners’ sugar or powdered sugar for the glaze. I highly recommend the glaze as the cake tastes awesome with it.
  • Liquid – milk or water. You may need more  if the batter is not soft enough. Add a tbsp at a time.




Lemon Yogurt Cake - Eggless is so easy to make, moist with a soft crumb and refreshingly delicious. Slightly tangy, the addition of black poppy seeds adds a delightful texture to the overall flavour.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert, Tea Time
Cuisine International
Servings 8 SLICES



  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup plain yogurt thick, preferably Greek Yogurt
  • 150 g butter soft
  • 1 tsp soda bicarbonate baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp black poppy seeds
  • ¼ cup milk


  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp zest



  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Grease and dust or line your cake tin. Line it with parchment paper. I prefer to rub butter all over the inner side and dust it with flour.
  • I have used a 9 X 5 inch loaf tin. You can use any tin of your choice.
  • Sift or sieve flour, baking soda and salt together into a bowl.
  • Add poppy seeds and mix well.
  • In another bowl add sugar, butter and yogurt.
  • Cream the mixture till it becomes light and creamy. It will turn pale in colour. Use your hand held cake mixture or any your any appliance you use for mixing and whisking.
  • Add lemon juice and zest. Mix well.
  • Add the flour mixture. Using a spatula, fold in the flour gently.
  • If the batter is thick then add a tbsp of liquid at a time.
  • Mix gently.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared tin.
  • Bake the cake at 180°C for 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake. It should come out clean.
  • If the cake is not done, then lower the temperature to 150°C and bake for 5 minutes till it is done. Don't bake more than that otherwise the cake will become dry.
  • The cake should be done. If it is not, then there is something wrong with your oven temperature.
  • Remove the cake from the oven.
  • Allow the cake to cool for at least 15 -20 minutes before you remove it from the tin.
  • Temp : 180°C and it took about 30 minutes to bake  used a 9"X 5" loaf tin.
  • Run a spatula around the edges to loosen the cake.
  • Place a wire rack over the tin. Turn the rack and tin over.
  • The cake should come off the tin easily.
  • Cool the cake if it is still warm.


  • Add the icing sugar into a mixing bowl. Sieve it if it has lumps.
  • Add 1 tbsp of the lemon juice and mix. Add another tbsp. Mix.
  • If the glaze is still thick and pasty then add about ½ tbsp more of the lemon juice. Mix well. Add lemon zest and mix.
  • Pour the glaze over the cake only when it has completely cooled down.


  • Don't use watery sour yogurt.
  • Don't over mix the batter after adding the flour.
  • Adding poppy seeds is optional.
  • You may need to add extra 1-2 tbsp of milk or water depending on the consistency of the yogurt.
  • Add the glaze only when the cake has completely cooled down. If you pour it over warm cake the glaze will melt.
  • For the cake to bake evenly, don't bake it in a small tin. If the cake batter is high, it will remain raw in the middle. If that happens, lower the heat to 150°C and allow it to bake for a further 5 minutes.
  • If you are using Indian Lemons, then add only 2 tbsp.
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  • Wendy Klik

    June 19, 2022 at 8:06 am

    Yogurt is such a great ingredient to add to cakes, guaranteeing a tender crumb.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 19, 2022 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks Wendy. It sure does, that is why I prefer to use it for most of my eggless cakes.

  • Sneha Datar

    June 19, 2022 at 9:25 am

    That cake looks so yum, love those black poppy seeds in it!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 19, 2022 at 9:45 pm

      Thanks Sneha, black poppy seeds add a slight bite to the cake.

  • Sue Lau

    June 20, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Great looking loaf. I’m digging those poppyseeds with the lemon!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 14, 2022 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks Sue, the seeds add a delicate crunch.. I love them.

    2. Priya Vj

      November 21, 2022 at 8:08 am

      5 stars
      Such a wonderful flavor this cake has ..lemon and yogurt both are very refreshing and must be adding the perfect oomph factor to the tea cake .. poppy seeds give a wonderful crunch .

      1. mayurisjikoni

        November 22, 2022 at 1:29 pm

        Thanks Priya, yogurt makes it super soft. It is my favourite cake.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    August 4, 2022 at 3:01 am

    5 stars
    The cake looks delicious. Loved the addition of black poppy seeds in it, a must try one.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 5, 2022 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree.

  • Archana

    September 12, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    5 stars
    Simply delicious! Like you said lemon adds such a delicious flavor. This eggless cake with yogurt is so moist and looks yum. Think I am going to restart my baking with this cake.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 12, 2022 at 11:00 pm

      Thank you so much Archana. You should bake this especially when your girls are at home.

  • Kalyani

    September 14, 2022 at 2:15 am

    5 stars
    have a hard time choosing if the pics or the recipe is gorgeous and inviting ! the speckled look in the lemon yogurt cake is so pretty ❤️❤️

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 14, 2022 at 12:54 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    November 20, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    5 stars
    Lovely ! I love the lemony cake and the black poppy seeds make it look so appealing. Nice and soft texture.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 22, 2022 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha, lemon and poppy seeds pair very well.

  • Mina Joshi

    November 21, 2022 at 10:39 am

    5 stars
    This lemon yogurt cake looks delicious. Baking is not my forte and I don’t usually attempt making cakes. But I know how good you are at testing your recipes so feel confident to have a go at making this cake.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 22, 2022 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you so much Mina. Go ahead and give it a try.

  • Priya Srinivasan

    November 21, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    5 stars
    Lemon yogurt cake looks fab mayuri ji! love that amazing texture and the gorgeous color on it! Those poppy seeds add a wonderful texture to the cake! Beautiful Bake!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 22, 2022 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, the lemons add such a wonderful colour. We usually don’t get the same result with Indian lemons.

  • Sujata Roy

    November 23, 2022 at 5:09 am

    5 stars
    I love lemon cake and adding yogurt definitely makes it more delicious. Black poppy seeds made your cake more attractive. Loved the look. Never used black poppy seeds but now I have to order some.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 29, 2022 at 7:38 am

      Thanks Sujata, not only do the black poppy seeds make the cake look attractive but also adds an interesting texture to the cake.

  • Seema Sriram

    November 23, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    5 stars
    This cake is one We will never stop eating. the flavour of lemons and the specks of poppy seeds are too good to stop.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 29, 2022 at 7:36 am

      Thank you so much, am so glad that your family loves it.

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