Pandan Yoghurt Cake

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Pandan yoghurt cake

Pandan yoghurt cake

A new way to eat yogurt….in a cake! Cakes made with yoghurt are very delicious and make great desserts for any time. When I made the Chocolate Yoghurt Cake recently I only used 300g of yoghurt but this time I was more adventurous. I added more. I used 500g! I also used a lamington tin instead of a deeper cake tin to bake it. It turned out very soft and moist and tasted very delicious. I made to share with friends and all of them liked it very much.

I have tried to make yogurt cake before but it didn’t taste nice. It has this slight fermented sour milk smell which I didn’t like. But I find that TOTAL Greek yoghurt doesn’t give that smell and taste. In itself, this yoghurt has a very nice, creamy taste. I really like it. I’m really thankful that I received some free samples recently to try. I shared that in my earlier post, TOTAL Greek Yoghurt With Mixed Berries Coulis.

TOTAL Greek yoghurt

TOTAL Greek yoghurt

Total Greek Yoghurt is thick and creamy without any addition of thickener unlike many other yoghurt brands on the market. It is made purely from milk and culture. It takes 4 litres of milk to make 1 litre of yoghurt. The yoghurt goes through a special straining method to remove the whey. That gives it that lovely creamy texture and taste. I have been using this yoghurt ever since I tried it. I would love to try making ice cream with it one of these days.

Pandan is a local Malaysian word for ‘screw pine leaves‘. It gives a beautiful aroma when cooked. The leaves are either boiled in water for its fragrance or juiced for using in cakes and puddings for its fragrance and colour. This pandan cake recipe is very simple.

250g butter
1 & 1/2 C sugar
5 eggs
500g TOTAL Greek Yogurt
pinch of salt
a few drops of pandan essence (or real pandan juice)
3 & 1/2C self raising flour

Cake batter (pandan mixture)

Cake batter (pandan mixture)

Beat butter and sugar in  a mixing bowl until light. Add eggs one at a time while beating it well. Add the yogurt and salt. Mix well. Finally fold in the flour.

Pandan yoghurt cake ready to be baked

Pandan yoghurt cake ready to be baked

Pour half of the mixture into  a paper lined lamington tin (shallow tin). Add a few drops of pandan essence or real pandan juice to the other half of the mixture in the mixing bowl and mix well. Spread on top of the bottom layer and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Baked pandan yoghurt cake

Baked pandan yoghurt cake

Have you made a cake with yoghurt? What is your best yoghurt cake recipe? What other ways do you eat yoghurt? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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kristy  on July 16th, 2010

Ooo… Mary, I bet this cake taste awesome good! I love the pandan smell.. just so addicitive. LOL! I think that tray of cake only enough for your family. hehe…. Enjoy your day, dear.
Cheers, Kristy

3hungrytummies  on July 16th, 2010

Looks delicious Mary. I always love the colour and smell of pandan.

lequan@luvtoeat  on July 16th, 2010

I’ve just recently discovered pandan through food blogging and absolutely love it. The taste is fragrant, yet not too overpowering. I would love to try this someday. I wonder if we have total Greek yoghurt here in Canada. Thank you again for sharing Mary. I absolutely love love love your recipes.

Cheah  on July 16th, 2010

This cake is so original, Mary, bet it’s awesome!

busygran  on July 16th, 2010

A nice way to make a pandan cake - interesting 2 layers! I love pandan flavour, the natural flavour from the leaves but not the artificial flavour.

pigpigscorner  on July 16th, 2010

I agree, cakes made with yogurt is so moist and yummy!

sushma mallya  on July 16th, 2010

Very spongy and yummy cake with yogurt

DG  on July 16th, 2010

I can smell the aroma of your cake from here ;)

Treat and Trick  on July 16th, 2010

Lovely and delicious cake Mary, looks so moist….

Ivy  on July 16th, 2010

I use yoghurt in lots of desserts and of course for yoghurt cake. This Fage yoghurt is great but there is even better Greek yoghurt. We call it “hyma” meaning “unpacked”. Instead of buying this industrialized prepacked yoghurt lots of other companies, including Fage, sell it in large cotainers and you buy as much as you like from the supermarket. This kind is much creamier and tastier.

the lacquer spoon  on July 16th, 2010

Pandan-coloured yogurt cake, so cool! Mary, you’re a great recipe developer!!

anncoo  on July 16th, 2010

Mary, you’re getting more creative! Simple and delicious! Please send me some for my breakfast tomorrow ;))

Shirley  on July 16th, 2010

Should try yoghurt in cake!

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on July 16th, 2010

Yes, yogurt is very good for making cake that would turn to be very creamy and smooth. Love your pandan yogurt cake.

PJ  on July 16th, 2010

I love yoghurt and your cake looks very very yumm…

penny aka jeroxie  on July 16th, 2010

Desserts and cakes made from pandan is usually very good! I love the aroma of pandan.

PlumLeaf  on July 16th, 2010

Hi MaryMoh,
that’s a great way of using greek yoghurt! I like teh thick creamyness of greek yoghurt too! I find natural plain yoghurt to sharp for my taste and too runny. When I used to make low fat lunches for myself and work colleague, I used to mix half lowfat mayo with half greek yoghurt and add chopped mint or cucumber and fill wraps with cooked chicken breast and salad. It was delicious!

Anyway, about yoghurt in cakes. I recently saw this recipe and made it:
I took it into my work pace and they loved it! It has a fresh aroma and is moist because of the yoghurt. I used an lowfat organic fruit yoghurt though.

Priya  on July 16th, 2010

Cake looks super soft, never tried pandan flavoured cake…

Cathy at Wives with Knives  on July 16th, 2010

Pandan gives the cake such a beautiful color. I’ve never cooked with it but would like to try. I don’t remember seeing it in the market, but I’ll look again. I’m curious about the fragrance too.

hopeeternal  on July 16th, 2010

Mary: I love Rose water and Orange flower water and keep seeing Kewra water, which I believe is Pandan flower water, in our local ethnic food shops. Do you know if I am right? If so this is a recipe I could try though I don’t think the Kewra water would give the colour you have as it is a clear liquid! I have not been able to find fresh Pandan leaves. If Kewra water can be used do you have any idea how much I would put in - I don’t know how diluted/concentrated it is in comparison to the pandan you have?
I have been searching for reliable recipes using Kewra water. Do you have any more suggestions I can try? Hope you can help - thanks!
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joy zhang  on July 16th, 2010

Oh Mary that is just a lovely cake. I love baking with yogurt because it makes cakes so moist and tender and greek yogurt is great, one of my faves actually. I love that beautiful green the pandan gives, mmm truly delightful!!!

Jeannie  on July 16th, 2010

Wow! that’s a very moist cake… and using so much yoghurt! I usually use only a cup. Must try this one day. Thanks for sharing!:D

Angie's Recipes  on July 16th, 2010

The cake must be very moist with yoghurt…love the pleasant spring colour.

Joy  on July 16th, 2010

That looks great. By adding yogurt, how did it change the texture if you just used milk?

tigerfish  on July 16th, 2010

Pandan cake is my favorite. Have not tried a yogurt version though.

elra  on July 16th, 2010

Very delightful cake, love the pandan in there.

Mary  on July 16th, 2010

@kristy - It is really good…both in texture and taste. It’s a big tray so had to share. Must take care of my everyone’s waistline at home :P

@3hungrytummies - Thanks very much, Suresh! :D

@lequan@luvtoeat - I’m so glad you have discovered pandan leaves. It brings desserts to a whole new level. I hope you can find this TOTAL Greek yoghurt there. Otherwise, try to read the ingredients. Check that they don’t use thickener. Have fun baking :D

@Cheah - Thanks very much, Cheah! Now I’m tempted to add yoghurt to every cake that I make…haha :D

@busygran - Thanks very much! :D Totally agree with you that fresh pandan leaves is the best.

@pigpigscorner - Indeed it is. Wish I had discovered it much earlier! Well, glad I did at last :D

@sushma mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D

@DG - Haha…you sure have fantastic sense of smell! :D

@Treat and Trick - Thanks very much! :D

@Ivy - Wow…I didn’t know there are better ones. I think this is the best that I can find here. Thanks very much for sharing, Ivy! :D

@the lacquer spoon - Awww…thanks very much! I really wish I’ll be a great recipe developer :P It’s fun trying, though :D

@anncoo - Haha….trying to have fun in the kitchen! :D Thank goodness it came out well! Ok….on the way…..but probably will end up in the postman’s tummy :P

@Shirley - Give a try, Shirley. It’s really good :D

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Christine! :D

@PJ - Thanks very much, PJ! :D

@penny aka jeroxie - Me, too! I just love the smell of it…mmm :D

@PlumLeaf - Thanks very much for sharing your salad recipe. Sounds very delicious and healthy…mmm. Thanks very much for the link to the lemon yoghurt cake. It looks very moist and delicious. I would love to try :D

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! Give a try. I think you’ll like it. I really like it :D

@Cathy at Wives with Knives - I hope you can find it at the market there, especially in Asian market. Sadly, I don’t always find it here so have to use the pandan essence sometimes. Have fun baking :D

@hopeeternal - Pandan is not all those water that you mentioned. Pandan leaves are available at Chinatown in London. Or if you are ever near to a Thai shop, it’s also available there as it’s also widely used in Thai cuisine. Pandan essence is also available in small bottles in Chinatown. So sorry I don’t know about Kewra water. It’s new to me. Hope you can find the pandan leaves. Have fun cooking and baking :D

@joy zhang - Thanks very much, Joy! We are healthy cake lovers….haha :D

@Jeannie - Had been too adventurous to use so much yoghurt :P So glad it turned out well :D

@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D

@Joy - Thanks very much, Joy! I think milk doesn’t give that soft and moist texture. Give a try making cake with this yoghurt. Also a healthier way to eat cake :D

@tigerfish - Give a try with yoghurt…really good :D

@elra - Thanks very much, Elra! :D

Drick  on July 16th, 2010

great tip on the greek yoghurt, your cake does look most and I know the flavor is just awesome…

Jess @ Bakericious  on July 16th, 2010

I love pandan cake, this looks so yummy

Devaki @ weavethousandflavors  on July 16th, 2010

Dear Mary - how nice to see that between you and Denise you are really exploring Pandan to the fullest. I used to eat pandan desserts by the mouthfuls in Singapore.

Lovely cake and so unique with the Greek yogurt! love it :)

Ciao,Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Amy @  on July 17th, 2010

i lova pandan anything. I have never used yogurt in cakes, but I think it would make any cake very moist. lovely!

Von  on July 17th, 2010

I love the pandan flavour- I’ve only ever had it in pandan chiffon cake though. This looks like a really yummy cake! I’ve never used yoghurt in cake but it sounds delicious!

Cristina  on July 17th, 2010

I’m a big fan of Greek yogurt and really like the idea of using it in baked goods. This is a great idea! Mmm. Your pandan cake looks great! :)

Trissa  on July 17th, 2010

Can I use any other Greek brand yogurt Mary?

Mary  on July 17th, 2010

I have often seen, but never tried this cake. Yours look so good I really think I have to make it. I love Greek yogurt and use it quite regularly as a replacement for sour cream. I can imagine how good it would be in cake. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

pierre  on July 17th, 2010

i have never had pandan I should give a try !! Thanks for the recipe Pierre

Carla  on July 18th, 2010

What a beautiful cake. I too have never tasted the flavor of pandan. I’ll have to look for it now. You’ve made me curious.

claire  on July 18th, 2010

one word… YUMMY!! what a beautiful combination..

Arnold  on July 18th, 2010

Yoghurt cake, a new idea for me but definitely a good idea. This is one cake that will never come out dry. I have Googled pandan essence, all I have to do now is to go and try and find some of it here in my town. Thanks for sharing.

Tasty Trix  on July 18th, 2010

Mmm, great cake. I love using Greek yogurt as well. Silvia at Citron et Vanille posted a nice yogurt cake recipe but it was awhile ago, you’d have to look in her archives.

Choclette  on July 18th, 2010

This looks stunning MaryMoh. Since I had some TOTAL, I’ve been won over to using it in cakes - it makes for a really light texture as well as a good flavour.

Little Inbox  on July 18th, 2010

Not sure if I can find this Greek Yogurt here in Penang?

TasteHongKong  on July 19th, 2010

I tried cakes made with yogurt and cakes with pandan flavor. I strongly wish to try your fluffy slices that come with both : ).

Catherine  on July 19th, 2010

I’ve never thought about using yoghurt to make a cake before Mary, I bet it’s nice and moist (which always makes room for more, in my opinion!) Thank you for sharing :)

peteformation  on July 19th, 2010

Pandan and yogurt, love this combination. Interesting and new recipe to me!

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Juliana  on July 19th, 2010

Absolutely love the idea of adding yogurt to the cake…yummie! The cake looks so soft and fluffy :-)

Conor @ HoldtheBeef  on July 20th, 2010

Love pandan! That green colour just draws me in every time.

Haven’t used yoghurt in cake before, but have used sour cream many times and I guess it would be a similar effect - very moist :)

Ivy @ My Simple Food  on July 20th, 2010

I have not bought any pandan leaves here in USA yet, I will try to look for it. your recipe is lovey.

Chaya  on July 20th, 2010

This is one of those, “most make” recipes.

Mary  on July 21st, 2010

@Drick - Thanks very much, Drick! :D I’ll be making it again soon. I really like its moist texture.

@Jess @ Bakericious - Thanks very much, Jess! :D

@Devaki @ weavethousandflavors - Thanks very much, Devaki! :D I wish I can easily get here. Maybe I should try to plant it in green house if that is possible :P I think I will have wonderful desserts everyday then :D

@Amy @ - Give a try with yoghurt in cakes. It makes the cake very moist and delicious…mmm :D

@Von - Oooh….I really like the pandan chiffon cake….delicious! Give a try using yoghurt in cake. It makes the cake very moist and delicious. I really like it :D

@Cristina - Oh wow… I’m catching up :D Thanks very much for sharing, Cristina! :D

@Trissa - I have not tried with other Greek brand yoghurt. but I suppose if it’s very creamy and not strong in smell and taste, it should work the same. Give a try. I would love to know :D

@Mary - Thanks very much, Mary! :D Oh…I must use it to replace sour cream then in future if I come across any such recipe. Thanks very much for sharing! :D

@pierre - Yes, give a try if you can get pandan at your place. It has beautiful natural fragrance….mmm. have fun baking! :D

@Carla - Thanks very much, Carla! :D Try it out at Asian shops. Usually they sell pandan leaves. have fun baking! :D

@claire - Thanks very much, Claire! :D

@Arnold - Hope you can find pandan leaves at your place. It’s always sold in Asian shops. have fun baking! :D

@Tasty Trix - Thanks very much! :D Will have to check out at Silvia’s blog.

@Choclette - Thanks very much! Have fun baking :D I’ll surely be using more of this yoghurt in my cooking.

@Little Inbox - Hope you can find it. It’s really good. Have fun baking! :D I really miss Penang food.

@TasteHongKong - Give a try. I love the 2 layer colours and the moist texture. I’ll be making it again soon :D

@Catherine - Thanks very much, Catherine! :D Give a try using yoghurt in baking…really good I must say. Have fun baking :D

@peteformation - Thanks very much, Pete! :D Sure, will check out your blogger friend’s blog to vote.

@Juliana - Thanks very much, Juliana! :D

@Conor @ HoldtheBeef - Agree with you…pandan is very refreshing to the eyes. Try replacing the sour cream with the yoghurt as @Mary above mentioned. Have fun baking :D

@Ivy @ My Simple Food - Try out at Asian shops. You should be able to get the pandan leaves there. Have fun baking :D

@Chaya - Thanks very much, Chaya! :D Hope you like it. Have fun baking!

Ananda Rajashekar  on July 25th, 2010

I recently got to taste Pandan cake from my friends, but with yogurt, i bet it tasted great…love the color combo :)

mycookinghut  on July 26th, 2010

I love Total Greek Yogurt! But, have never use yogurt to bake before. Really would like to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Maria  on July 26th, 2010

I love yoghurt and I love pandan, this recipe sounds too good to be true!

Mary  on July 27th, 2010

@Ananda Rajashekar - Thanks very much, Ananda! :D One day you can give this a try. It’s very moist and delicious.

@mycookinghut - Give this a try. It’s surprisingly good :D

@Maria - Give a try and you’ll find how good it is. I’m glad tried it :D

Zibi  on July 28th, 2010

I love the idea of using yogurt to bake. I make my own yogurt in my slow cooker, I use it to make frozen yogurt sometimes, but usually I eat it with fresh fruit. In the summer we are lucky to have a lot of fresh berries to choose from :)

Oliviia  on August 4th, 2010

wonderful way of using yogurt…

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meeijiunang  on November 10th, 2010

Hi, Mary,

Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe….me too, like to eat Yoghurt very much, intend to use it to make a cake too…Can I check with you, you “C” - cup, here means how many gram for it ?
1 & 1/2 C sugar
3 & 1/2C self raising flour


Mary  on November 11th, 2010

@meeijiunang - Thanks very much for visiting and sharing! 1C of sugar is about 250g and 1C of flour is about 150g. Hope this helps. Have fun baking :D

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