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Lemon and Bergamot Scented Yogurt Cake

Lemon and Bergamot Scented Yogurt Cake
I'd never used Bergamots before (they look like a cross between an orange and a lemon and have a slightly bitter taste), so when Natoora sent me some in my recent box, I was intrigued. After a bit of research (I found out the distinctive aroma of the bergamot is most commonly known for its use in Earl Grey Tea) I came up with this recipe, which also incorporated the greek yogurt I was sent by Total. The ground almonds and greek yogurt helped keep the cake lovely and moist.

It turned out to be a beautifully delicate cake, with a subtle citrus scent - perfect drizzled with some warm honey and served with a dollop of greek yogurt.


 | Serves: 10 slices | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 40 Minutes | Total Time: 50 Minutes |


  • 200g Self Raising Flour
  • 100g Ground Almonds
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 150g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 250g Greek Yogurt
  • 150ml Sunflower Oil
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • Zest of half a Bergamot


  • Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180c/160 fan/Gas 4. Oil a 20cm springform tin.
  • Step 2: Put all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and make a well in the centre.
  • Step 3: Add the wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Step 4: Pour into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 40 minutes, although check after 30 minutes. A skewer should come out clean.
  • Step 5: Leave to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the tin and serve with some warm honey and greek yogurt.

| Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 21st February 2010 |

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  1. Where did you get Bergamots??!!
    A great looking cake!

  2. Wow Beth, that looks so moist and delicious. I have never used, nor even tasted bergamots ( I don't think). You have inspired me! Lucie x

  3. How interesting! Mr CC had bergamot in a fish dish on Saturday and we realised we didn't know what bergamot was i.e. herb, spice or anything else!

  4. Yogurt cake is seriously one of my favorite cakes to bake!! I love the lemony flavors and so I think I'm going to have to try this.

  5. I've never used Bergamont but I'm intrigued now. I've made a yoghurt cake before and it really makes the cake moist and fluffy, your cake looks exactly that.


  6. I don't believe I've ever seen a bergamot in a store here ever

  7. I love yogurt cakes. I might try this one with grapefruit since I have a ton!

  8. Wow never heard of Bergamot either, sounds interesting. Looks a lovely moist cake

  9. I have never seen Bergamot, but only ever smelt it mixed in with the tea leaves. The cake looks lovely and tender.

  10. I had no idea you could buy bergamots! I'd love to try cooking with those! The cake looks great!

  11. What a wonderful looking and sounding cake. Where on earth does one get bergamots from I wonder. I like Early Grey and keep thinking I should make an earl grey cake, but using bergamots direct sounds even better.

  12. Yum, I bet the citrusy flavor of the Bergamot went so well with the lemon. The bottom photo shows how moist the cake is!


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