Yoǧurtlu Çikolata Kek

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You don’t really need to read Turkish to understand the title of this post – just say it out loud and I bet you can guess what it is.

We have a bit of a surplus of yogurt: I made a couple of batches from Iggy Pop’s milk and friends left a couple of large tubs of lovely thick Greek style yoghurt as well. So yesterday was all about recipes using yoghurt.

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The yoghurt makes this cake moist and healthy enough to be called a breakfast cake – actually in this house simply eating a cake for breakfast means it is a breakfast cake – that my friends is how language works!

Recipe is from my battered copy of  Auto der Haroutunian Vegetarian Dishes from the Middle East. I have been cooking from this cookbook for nearly three decades, it is battered and stained and has survived a number of cookery book purges.


I think I may have bought it even before I went to live in Turkey. The dishes are pretty simple, and there are no pictures (shock-horror), but there is something just so wonderful about not only the book, but also the recipes – I will be cooking more from it in the coming months.

Chocolate Cake with Yogurt: 4oz butter, 10oz caster sugar, 2 eggs, 5oz plan chocolate, 150ml plain yoghurt, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp vanilla essence, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 8oz plain flour.

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Beat the butter and sugar in a mixer until smooth and light. Add the eggs and beat a little more. Melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water and let cool for a while. Add the chocolate to the mix. Stir in the yoghurt, vanilla, baking powder and nutmeg. Carefully stir in the flour. Line a cake tin (about 20cm in diameter) with baking paper and add in the mixture.


Bake for 40-45 minutes in an oven at 180C. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes to cool and then turn out and cool on a wire rack.

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The recipe says you could slice the cake in half and spread with apricot or cherry jam – I think damson jam would work too, as would a spoonful of thick yoghurt.

N.B. One for the food truck perhaps?


12 responses to “Yoǧurtlu Çikolata Kek

  1. I had kind of forgotten about it as well until I wanted a recipe for a cake with yoghurt in it. It doesn’t have photos which means it isn’t generally the type of book I browse, but the recipes are generally really very very good. I need to start working my way through them again 🙂

    • I was worried about the nutmeg. I like nutmeg but not too much of it. I was possibly a little mean with the nutmeg I added as I didn’t want it to overpower the cake and it doesn’t. The cake is really, really good – currently eating it with chocolate chip ice-cream on the side! Oh yeah …. we know how to live!

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