Friday, March 21, 2014

Best Honey Yogurt Cake.......Ever

Have you ever heard of Noosa yoghurt? Well, neither had I until just recently.

Noosa's philosophy is combining Aussie Culture and Colorado Fresh:

Aussie Culture:
n. [ah·zee kol·chah]
An attitude and ethic that is easy-going, fun, barbie/beach/bevvie-loving, sports-mad, good-humored, extroverted, and generally convivial in every way.

Colorado Fresh:
adj. [kahl·o·rad·o fresh]
Hand-crafted daily, at a family-owned dairy farm of happy cows in Colorado, USA.

These two come together to make a very different type of yogurt (they spell it "yoghurt").

It's all natural, period. They are rBGH free, gluten free and probiotic.

No non-yogurt ingredients that you find in other products (like cornstarch, xanthum gum, splenda).

This is not a Greek style yogurt, but a traditional, old school yogurt.

This is what yogurt should taste like. Tangy and rich.

It is a full fat, high protein yogurt, which I like.
And shouldn't we be going back to REAL foods with REAL fats like our grandmother's ate?


Yogurt should be yogurt. Basic and delicious, tasting of good fresh ingredients.

I tried the lemon, blueberry, honey, raspberry and tart cherry. They were all special and unique, unlike any other yogurt out there. Henry said it was the best yogurt he has ever had, rivals with our French favorite.

If you can't find Noosa, go to their website and use their locator.

I baked this AMAZING Honey Yogurt Cake using Noosa honey yoghurt, and though the recipe is a bit time consuming, it was one of our favorite snack cakes of all time, and worth the effort.

Not too sweet, but moist and rich, tasting like a sticky bun!

The candied walnut topping is the bomb!

There is only half a stick of butter in the entire cake, so I could eat 2 pieces instead of one.

I was worried about inverting this cake and having it stick to the bottom of the pan.

Results? Full release.
Came out of the pan like a dream.

The key to success is using the right size pan. Mine was 7" x 10", so try and get close to that size, I guess an 8" x 10" would work too (but 9 x 13 will be too big).

This cake stayed moist for days and made a lot of squares, the perfect Easter brunch cake.

Best Honey Yogurt Cake: (adapted from a Greek website) makes about 16 squares

Spray a 7" x 10" size pan liberally with cooking spray (or 8" x 10" pan).
Preheat oven to 350F.

Step 1:

4 tbsp unsalted butter
5 tbsp brown sugar
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

In a small skillet, melt the butter then add in the brown sugar and chopped walnuts, stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Spread this mixture on the bottom of the baking pan.

Step 2:

In a large bowl, combine:

1 1/3 c all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Step 3:

In another large bowl, combine:

1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 cup sugar
1 cup (8 oz.) of Noosa Honey Yogurt (or full fat vanilla yogurt of your choice)
3 large eggs
1/2 cup mild olive oil (there's that olive oil again!)
4 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 tbsp orange zest
1 tsp vanilla

Slowly add the dry ingredients into the yogurt egg mixture. Whisk only to combine. Do not overmix.

Pour the batter on top of the walnuts in the pan and bake 35-40 minutes until top is golden brown.

Important: Let the cake rest in pan for 10 minutes, then carefully loosen sides with a knife and invert onto a baking rack.
My cake came out easily (for a change!!!).

Now you are ready for the syrup.

Step 4:

1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup water
6 whole cloves
1 tbsp lemon zest

Boil the syrup for a few minutes until golden.

Brush syrup all over cake, discarding the cloves.

Let completely cool.
The cake will harden on the top and the walnuts will get caramelized and candied.

Cut into squares and serve with yogurt.

So delicious!



(PS. As always, this review is based on my own opinions. No one paid me or twisted my arm or forced the product down my throat. I truly loved it).


Anonymous said...

I just tried this yogurt recently - the Fresh Market had it on a BOGO deal so i thought i would try it - OMG - it is the best I have ever tasted - they have it on BOGO on Tuesdays thru March - I am picking up more on Tues for sure - I have tried almost all of them - I think I love the honey and lemon the best-but i love them all - can't wait to make this cake - do you think it would be good with the lemon? HUMMM

Natalie said...

I need this cake in my life!!! It looks so good, and if it makes a lot, then I will make it for Easter.......pinning it.

I have never heard of Noosa, but will find it!

Stacey Snacks said...


Not sure about the lemon, but I don't see why not, it will just taste lemony! Stick to the honey (more neutral) if you can.

This cake was SO GOOD!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I hope my market has this yogurt. I am always wishing I could find the yogurt that I love in Italy. Maybe this will be close. That cake is now on my baking radar - looks fantastic.

Angela said...

OMG, I love this cake and I haven't even tried it yet. Great concept and recipe, and beautiful execution!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Look at that cake! That looks amazing Stacey. I've tasted that yogurt here, a few specialty stores carry it and although it's a bit pricey it is so worth it. I got to make this cake!

Anonymous said...

I'm so proud of this Bellvue, Colorado farm, just a few miles from my house!!! May they have many years of success with their excellent yogurt! My favorite has always been the Honey Yogurt.

Eileen said...

The yoghurt locator can't seem to find anyplace in St. Paul, MN. that it's sold :( I'll continue to search. It sounds amazing, as does the cake!

Patsy said...

I tried your french yogurt last time I went to Paris. Bought a few crocks and kept them in the mini-bar. Ah-mazing!!

Eileen said...

I just found Noosa at the grocery store down the street! I'm making this cake and buying extra yoghurt just to eat!!

Meghan L said...

This is my favorite yoghurt!! I love the strawberry rhubarb- so delicious! Can't wait to make the cake- looks fantastic!

Joanne said...

I eat greek yogurt for breakfast every morning and have been DYING to try Noosa because it looks so yummy! But the expense has been stopping me. You're making me think it's worth it though!

Oui Chef said...

I buy the variety box of Noosa at my local BJs and LOVE IT! Sadly, the variety pack does not include honey, only strawberry, blueberry and lemon. Think I'll make this cake with the lemon flavored. Big Noosa fan, thanks for this great recipe!

Anonymous said...

Hi Stacey - since I live in NJ (not far from Summit) I was wondering where you purchased the yogurt???

Stacey Snacks said...


Kings in Short Hills, Summit and Gillette has it, as does Whole Foods.

bigpilot said...

Hi Stacey,

In the syrup section you say to boil until the sugar is dissolved but sugar is not listed as an ingredient in that section.



Stacey Snacks said...

Big Pilot
Whoops, you're correct. I will revise that there is no sugar in the syrup just honey water clothes and lemon zest

Stacey Snacks said...

That should say cloves! Not clothes!

bigpilot said...

Thanks, just wanted to clarify. I'm about to go out to buy whole cloves then I'm baking this. I'll let you all know how I like it.


Stacey Snacks said...

I swear, I just baked it again, it is cooling on my counter! It is the BEST cake, let me know how you like it.

Best, Stacey

bigpilot said...

The cake came out exactly as promised. Delicious. I made mine in a pan just slightly bigger than 8 by 10. I think if I had a smaller pan it would have been better. Time to find a 7 by 10 pan.