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Orange-Yogurt Cake with Baked Apple


White House pastry chef Bill Yosses recommends this flavorful cake as a healthy dessert option.

  • Yield: Makes one 8-inch round cake

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5090


  • Unsalted butter, for baking pan
  • 1 large navel orange, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Bill Yosses's Baked Apples


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-by-2-inch round cake pan; line with a parchment paper round and butter again.

  2. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add orange and boil for 5 minutes. Drain, refill saucepan with 4 cups water and boil again. Add orange and boil for 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, sift together flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

  4. Remove orange from boiling water and add remaining 1 cup granulated sugar to boiling water. Cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Return orange to boiling water and cook, until orange is softened, about 5 minutes. Drain and transfer orange to the bowl of a food processor along with 1/4 cup yogurt, orange zest, egg, honey, and vanilla. Process until well combined.

  5. Add flour mixture to bowl of food processor; process until combined. Transfer to prepared cake pan and bake until golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.

  6. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, whisk together lemon juice, confectioners' sugar, and remaining 1/4 cup of yogurt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Let boil until glaze is thickened, about 3 minutes.

  7. Remove cake from oven and invert onto a wire rack set over parchment paper. Remove parchment paper round; pour glaze over cake. Let stand until glaze is absorbed. Serve cake with sliced baked apples.

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  • Ceege
    17 JUL, 2012
    I don't "get" the idea of baked apples with orange cake???? I haven't tried this recipe yet but will do so without the apples. Is there some reason for the apple part?
  • liebe
    26 FEB, 2010
    I was so excited to make this cake for my husband and myself. This cake was very disappointing. To gummy and bitter. I think I'll go back to chocolate !!!!!!!!
  • Coelle
    20 FEB, 2010
    My husband and I loved the cake..great way to use oranges from our orange tree and we love that there is no oil or butter in this cake and very little sugar. It's very moist and as others say gummy, but a super healthy treat ...I used Greek Yogurt and followed the directions exactly. The orange flavor with the lemony glaze is terrific! I would classify this as a pudding type cake.
  • PunkyMom
    20 FEB, 2010
    Same result. Very gummy. I modified the recipe a little using 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice instead of the oranges, used all the sugar in the dry mixture, added 1 egg, and omitted the yogurt and honey. I also made a 1/2 recipe of vanilla frosting and frosted while it was still warm. Gooey but still slightly gummy but the cake was a hit. (FYI, we like gooey cakes)
  • presgirl
    19 FEB, 2010
    I'm glad I'm not the only one whose turned out chewy and heavy. The taste was good, but too chewy. The only thing I did different from the recipe is used a slightly wider, more shallow cake pan. If I do try and make it again, I will use the 8-by-2 inch pan to see if that makes it any better.
  • Sharman
    19 FEB, 2010
    I agree the cake is chewy, but it does taste kind of healthy - in a good way. I thought the boiling of the oranges directions were very confusing. I wouldn't make it again either.
  • TheVal
    18 FEB, 2010
    The glaze is great! The cake is heavy, chewy and odd. Won't make it again.
  • justaboxerlover
    17 FEB, 2010
    I would like to make this as a two layered birthday cake, can that be done and what could I put in the middle as a filling?
  • farri1jl
    16 FEB, 2010
    I tried it with grapefruit--it did NOT turn out very good at all. And I wasn't a fan of the icing either :(
  • farri1jl
    16 FEB, 2010
    I tried it with grapefruit--it did NOT turn out very good at all. And I wasn't a fan of the icing either :(