Turkish Lime Yoghurt cake is MY kind of cake! Soft, light and tart. This classic Turkish cake is incredibly easy to make with only FIVE ingredients! I don't bake - maybe once or twice a year. It's not that I don't like sweet stuff, I just prefer savoury! I DO live with someone who has a sweet tooth however and he does like it when I bake.
I'd never encountered cake recipes using yoghurt before my trip to Turkey. I first sampled this one in Istanbul - we'd been to the Asian side of the city for a wander and had eaten a tonne of food from one of the city's many cafeterias - all manner of delicious stews, salads were consumed. I was packed packed packed with food... The thought of a dessert to top it off was not on my agenda.
However, I am also very greedy and the thought of Brendan ordering something and me not following suit is very foreign to me, FOMO took over and I unnecessarily ordered a slice of lemon yoghurt cake. What a Turkish delight! A zingy, citrus extravaganza. Mid-way between a cake, a flan and a baked soufflé, and quite unlike anything I'd eaten before - it's absolutely the kind of sweet dish that I love. Not sickly-sweet, not gooey and heavy. It's a light, bright, fresh and healthy end to any epic eating session (that's what I call a meal).
A five ingredient easy yoghurt cake
To make this cake even more special, upon more research on my return home, I discovered that this yoghurt cake only has 5 ingredients! They work remarkably hard in creating the most complex and wonderful citrus flavour and texture. WOW!! The cake I ate was made with lemons, but limes are always super cheap at my local Mexican supermarket so I now use those instead. I much prefer the unique tart zing they bring to the cake. You can use either lemons or limes, use either 1 1/2 limes or 1 large lemon.
This cake is so simple to bake at home - there's not a lot to it, but don't let that fool you into thinking there's not a lot of flavour going on too. You'd be very wrong! Baking with yoghurt was a revelation to me, and I still haven't quite gotten over it.
The perfect ending to any Turkish feast.
Like the epic meal I ate in Istanbul, a Turkish feast is not truly over until you've forced a slice of this lime & yoghurt cake. Here's the perfect meal plan spread for your first or next Turkish dinner party or family dinner. That said, this cake is also great/perfection with a cup of coffee and an episode of Real Housewives (or similar).
Flatbreads served with Turkish Carrot Salad, Beetroot & Yoghurt Dip, Turkish Bean Salad (Piyaz) and Eggplant Dip
Turkish Bulghur Pilaf with Lamb & Silverbeet alongside Garlic & Yoghurt Sauce and Onion & Sumac Salad
Turkish Lime & Yoghurt Cake (recipe below)
served with whipped cream mixed with a little rosewater and honey
Raki mixed with a little water