This Sunday Nico baked his first cake. All by himself; really. Well almost. I turned on the oven and dealt with getting the cake from the pan and I helped a bit, but basically he was the head chef. I got the idea after reading a book I checked out from the library Bringing up Bébé, by Pamuela Druckerman . Have you heard of it? It’s about an American raising her children in Paris. She writes many interesting things about the French “ways” that I will adopt as I can. In the first few chapters she talks about how French children are often encouraged to bake, that it teaches them independence and also patience. She mentions a common French cake called French Yogurt Cake and after I read that part I did a search online. And there you go. The world wide web is amazing. I adapted it a bit for our tastes but that’s actually one of the beautiful things about this recipe; it’s loose. It acts as a base for what flavors you would like to add. And uses, you guessed it, a small yogurt container as the measurement. I leave you with this photo essay of our experience and the recipe below. There is one disclaimer, Nico freaked when I told him he was only allowed to have one slice before dinner. Bon Appetite!
French Yogurt Cake:
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees
Using a small yogurt container as your measuring device to add ingredients to a large mixing bowl:
1 small yogurt container-worth of yogurt, we used greek 2% fat. (I suppose you could also use a flavor if you like)
2 containers of sugar. Again a modification, we used half and it seemed plenty for us
1/2 of oil
3 of flour. Nico had 1 regular flour, 1 flax meal and 1 almond flour
(these next 3 ingredients are not measured by your small container)
a pinch of salt and 2 teaspoons of baking powder a small dash of extract, you can use orange, vanilla, coconut, even booze, you get the idea
In a separate small bowl whip 2 eggs and add to other ingredients. Mix well.
Additions you may want to make at this point would be cut fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc. Ours had orange water and sliced dried apricots.
Now grease a pan and bake for 50 mins.
50 minutes worked perfect for us but because the ingredients vary I would check your cake at regular intervals to make sure you have a happy ending.
Done. Piece of cake.