Yiayia’s Pelargonium-Scented Yogurt Cake


1 lb flour

7.9 oz soft butter

7.9 oz sugar

7.9 oz FAGE Total 5%

4 eggs, separated

A handful of skinned almonds

2 level tsp baking powder

Half a level tsp bicarbonate of soda

Half a tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Pelargonium leaves

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease a cake tin, and put 3 or 4 rose- or orange-scented pelargonium leaves on the base.
  3. Sieve together the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.
  4. Beat the butter very well and, still beating, gradually add the sugar, followed by the vanilla extract.
  5. Then, add the egg yolks one by one, beating each one in thoroughly before adding the next, continuing until the mixture is shiny – about 3 minutes or so. Stir in the yogurt, followed by the flour mixture.
  6. Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks, and then fold gently into the mixture with a metal spoon.
  7. Put into the cake tin and sprinkle the almonds on top.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes or until a metal skewer pushed into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
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