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Greek Yogurt-Walnut Cake (Yiaourtopita)

"This is a very sweet cake however you could reduce the sugar down to 2 cups from 2 1/2 cups if you wanted to. I do recommend using only Greek yogurt for this, for the best texture follow all mixing times. For added flavor you could add in lemon zest or orange zest"

  US | Metric  Print Ingredients
  • 1 cup SALTED butter, melted then cooled (NO subs!)
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (preferably Greek yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (preferably lightly toasted)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water

What You Will Need

No special items needed.
  How to Make

Step 1

Make the syrup first; Bring the sugar and water to a soft boil and cook for approximately 20 minutes or until the syrup has thickened. Take off the heat and set aside to cool.

Step 2

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

Step 3

In a separate bowl sift together the flour and the baking powder; set aside.

Step 4

Using an electric mixer, beat the cooled melted salted butter and the sugar, on high, for approximately 10-12. minutes. The mixture must be thick very creamy and light in color. Add the eggs and continue to beat for approximately 5 minutes.

Step 5

In a cup dilute the baking soda with the milk, being sure to mix well, and add to the mixture. Mix for an additional 5 minutes. Turn the mixer down to low and add the yogurt and vanilla until thoroughly mixed. Slowly add the flour mixture until incorporated then mix in nuts.

Step 6

Pour batter into pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Step 7

Remove from the oven and pour the syrup over the hot or warm cake and let stand for a few hours to allow the syrup to soak into the cake.

  Nutritional Facts
  • Serving Size: 1 (252.8 g)
  • Calories 690.3
  • Total Fat - 25.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 11.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 129.9 mg
  • Sodium - 266 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 108.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.4 g
  • Sugars - 77.6 g
  • Protein - 8.7 g
  • Calcium - 84.4 mg
  • Iron - 3.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg
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