Thanks to Deb at Smitten Kitchen, I now have a lovely French cake to go with my ample supply of fresh goat yogurt and bag of limes in the fridge! This recipe is a real classic, and I hope you love it. Yogurt is so smooth and mellow in this cake, and it just gets better every day….if it lasts that long! Two serving hints: if you want this cake to be at its prime for company/giving away, make it two days ahead and let it sit on the counter with plastic wrap over it….the moistness after two days is heavenly! And don’t dust the top with powdered sugar until just before serving, as otherwise it will soak in and the lovely powdery coating effect will be lost. DO drizzle very generously with the fruit syrup, as it is the perfect offset to the delicate lime flavor.
1 cup whole milk plain unsweetened yogurt (this is the ideal; however, I had success with 2% Greek yogurt)
1/3 cup vegetable oil (olive oil works as well, for a slightly different flavor profile)
1 cup sugar
zest of one lime
1/4 cup lime juice
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
12 ounces fresh blackberries (frozen should work as well, but you should start with half the water)
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the sides of a 9-inch round cake pan or springform pan with oil and line the bottom with parchment paper if the pan is not springform.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, oil, sugar, lime zest and juice. Add the eggs one by one, whisking well after each addition. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together, right over your yogurt batter. Stir with a spoon until just combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and let stand for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the pan to loosen. If you’re using the springform pan, unclasp the sides. Otherwise, flip the cake onto a plate and flip it back on the rack. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.
Make sauce: Combine blackberries, water, sugar and lime juice in blender or food processor. Purée until very smooth, then press through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds. Cover and refrigerate until cold.
Do ahead: This cake keeps very well for up to three days, wrapped in plastic at room temperature. The sauce can be made up three days in advance, as well. It can also be frozen for future uses.