Greek Yogurt Vanilla Pound Cake

Seriously one of our all time favourite loaf cakes. Very light with a lemony twist. When you want to include more non-chocolate cakes or treats into your kids meals’ – this is the one to try!

I had bookmarked this recipe years back because I was trying to use up some Greek Yogurt. At that point I had never used Greek Yogurt in my bakes. Then I tried this recipe. Guys, it is good. It is the star ingredient in this recipe for sure in addition to lemon. The original recipe here does not call for lemon juice and lemon zest. But I added it in once (yes trying to use up a lemon) and there has been no turning back.

We start by mixing the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl with a mixer. Scrap down the sides on and off to ensure it mixes well.

From here add in the eggs one by one and the vanilla essence. I am really bad at cracking eggs, so I break them into another bowl first and check for shells before pouring it in.

From here,  I stir in the yogurt and lemon zest with the lemon juice too.

Then I add in the flour + baking soda + salt mix. Pour in the batter into a greased and lined loaf tin   and it’s ready for the oven.

The lemon really takes this cake to the next level. Enjoy it warm or at room temp. Try the recipe!

If you love baking loaf cakes like myself, try this Marbled Banana Cake or this Chocolate Banana Cake.

Greek Yogurt Vanilla Pound Cake

A light loaf cake infused with a lemon-y hit that goes down so well with the kids! The aroma wafting thru your home as your bake this - OMG!


  • 113 g butter At room temp
  • 200 g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 lemon remove zest and reserve 2 tsp lemon juice

Combine in a bowl

  • 240 g plain flour sifted
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Preheat oven to 170C.
  • Combine softened butter and sugar in mixing bowl and use an electric mixer to beat.
  • Add in eggs one by one and vanilla essence. Scrap down sides to ensure proper mixing.
  • Add in greek yogurt and lemon zest and juice. Mix with spatula.
  • Add in flour mix and slowly beat till all combined. Pour batter into a lined loaf tin.
  • Bake for 45mins - 1 hour. I bake this cake for 50 mins. Each oven is different so do adjust timing accordingly. Remove and let cool in pan before slicing.


Top Tips:
  • Bring the butter and eggs to room temperature before beginning to bake.
  • You could also use sour cream in replacement of greek yogurt if preferred.
  • You could totally leave out the lemon as per the original recipe however my version includes the lemon.
Try it and let me know!
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2 years ago

This vanilla pound cake was so delicious and easier to make than I thought. It paired perfectly with strawberry ice cream. Definitely a new favorite!

2 years ago
Reply to  Anaiah

Awesome!! Never thought of pairing it with ice cream:)

I can almost feel the aromas in this cake! Yum!

2 years ago

Yesssss it really smells divine!

2 years ago

Wow! This cake looks so delicious, and I love that you made it with Greek yogurt! I’m going to make it this weekend! Can’t wait!