On gardening & Donna Hay’s lemon yoghurt cake


I used to be much more enthusiastic about gardening. In the first year we moved to our current home, I spent a few months designing our garden boxes, sourced heirloom seeds and grew a number of my veggies during summer. It was an exhausted process. We inherited a concrete backyard, and had to place garden boxes with organic soil on top. But it was good. We had an excellent summer with broad beans, tomatoes, eggplants, and Jerusalem artichokes.


Then I lost my major. I got exhausted with duties, work and other leisure in life. Gardening was no joke, it required real efforts.
But I was reminded of the great bounties of gardening time and time again. Last year, after a month in Europe, I came back to a front garden full of rose blossoms. Herbs were re-seeded and shot up again, so as Jerusalem artichokes. I made much less of an effort than the first year, but we still enjoyed a good supply of tomatoes and herbs among other things.


This year, I once again missed out the window to grow herbs and plants from seeds. Yet in my garden, parsley is growing wildly. And the forgotten kale patch too is ready to harvest. Herbs are going well. What happening is truly inspiring, and I was once reminded of the great bounties and joy of living closer to nature.

The just-passed winter brought me the first few fruits from my lemon tree. Finally! My tree has been doing quite well in a large pot. It was such a joy! Admittedly, the harvest of a few lemons wasn’t much (I got about 10-15 juicy fruits).


The recipe today is in praise of lemons. It is a fail-proof recipe, yoghurt lemon cake from Donna Hay which I have been making a lot lately…


Donna Hay’s lemon yoghurt cake (From Fast, Fresh, Simple)

¾ cup (180ml) vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup (280g) thick natural yoghurt
1¾ cups (385g) caster (superfine) sugar
2 cups (300g) self-raising (self-rising) flour
lemon frosting
¾ cup (120g) granulated sugar
¼ cup (60ml) lemon juice

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
Place the oil, eggs, rind, lemon juice, yoghurt and sugar in a bowl and whisk to combine.
Sift over the flour and stir until smooth.
Pour the mixture into a greased 24cm fluted ring tin and bake for 35 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.
While the cake is still hot remove from the tin and place on a plate.
To make the lemon frosting, gently stir together the sugar and lemon juice.
Spoon over the cake and allow to set. Serve warm..


I also recommend this lemon chiffon cake! I love it so much I actually made it in a video for Kitchen Art’s Living Series. Do watch the video below, you will see my lovely lemon tree!

16 Responses to On gardening & Donna Hay’s lemon yoghurt cake

  1. Monique says:

    I love your video.. so calm..peaceful..Everything so pretty..clean..tidy..the cake turned out beautifully..
    Thank you Anhn..You’re very graceful!

  2. Love your recipe and video, Anh. wow that lemon tree…just awesome. The yoghurt cake looks so moist and tempting.

  3. A calming video. love it. The yoghurt cake looks very tempting.

  4. Such a beautiful video :) your cake looks delicious!

  5. Kate says:

    Loved looking around your blog after popping in from Rhonda’s blog

  6. Wendy says:

    I made your cake today and it is superb! I had two lemons on my new tree and they were showcased in this recipe. Thank you!

  7. Rosa says:

    I wish I had a garden and a vegetable patch… That cake looks so moist, smooth and delicious!



  8. I love lemon yoghurt cake, thank you for showing me how to make it.


  9. ayna says:

    love your blog…and that cake…i really want to take a bite…hehe:)


  10. Winston says:

    This is great! SO fresh and easy to make. I am always looking out for more lemon recipes. I’ve always wanted my own garden so I can try planting stuff for myself. But I’m afraid I may get too lazy too quickly and neglect them instead haha.

  11. Sarah says:

    That lemon yogurt cake looks delicious! I cant wait to make this cake

  12. hey anh! how timely! i was just looking for a yoghurt cake to make! great video work too!

  13. Karen says:

    Beautiful photo’s, I could certainly take some lessons from you.
    Mine almost never come out looking the way that I want them to. :)

  14. Rawa Upma says:

    amazing cake… the video description helps a lot.. thanks

  15. anna maria says:

    ho visitato il tuo blog,complimenti per le ricette e per le foto!!!

  16. Terry says:

    Bellissimo il tuo video e lo chiffon ancora di più! Complimenti per il tuo orto e per i bellissimi limoni. Adoro l’australia, ci sono stata nel 2005 e me la sogno ogni notte. a presto

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