Very Veggie Recipes: Citrus Cake with Berries

June 10, 2020
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A baked cake brings magic into every kitchen. Seeing one come together from start to finish and the aromas that fill your home will truly bring you to a sweet place. This citrus cake is a refreshing treat that makes as great a breakfast as it does dessert. Yogurt gives this cake its softness, with a final touch of citrus that makes it irresistible. It’s an easy-to-bake recipe well-suited for beginners, and crowd-pleasing, too.


3 eggs
1 ½ cup sugar, separated
1 cup olive oil
1 cup lemon yogurt
1 ½ cup flour, sifted
2 tbsp baking powder
3 tbsp citrus (lemon, lime, and/or orange) zest, separated
½ c chocolate chips
assorted berries
powdered sugar
unsalted butter (to coat pan)


  1. In a bowl, add eggs and 1 cup of sugar. Whisk until creamy. Add remaining ½ cup of sugar and olive oil. Whisk again till smooth.
  2. Add yogurt and fold in sifted flour. Whisk. Add baking powder, making sure to add it at this stage only. Whisk again!
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Add roughly 2 tbsp of citrus zest (we used lemon, lime, and orange). Though all three citrus fruits are not necessary, the combination adds a complex punch. Whisk in.
  4. Oil baking pan with just a bit of butter to prevent sticking. Add cake mix.
  5. Place into oven for 25 minutes, being sure not to open the oven within the first 15 minutes. When done crust should be golden brown. Set to cool for 1 hour.
  6. In the meantime, melt chocolate chips. We use the double boiler method till creamy. Let cool slightly.
  7. For plating, take berries and carefully dip into chocolate. Let cool a bit and dip into remaining tbsp of citrus zest. Let cool completely.
  8. Plate cake with berries, drizzle remaining chocolate, and dust with powdered sugar. Voila!

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