Chocolate Yogurt Cake

Moist and tender chocolate yogurt cake. A perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee or as an after dinner treat.

Moist and tender chocolate yogurt cake. A perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee or as an after dinner treat.

Chocolate. My little world is filled with chocolate.

For a while I tried to give it up. I changed my mind. I love chocolate. I always did. Chocolate makes everything tastes better.

And makes me happy. That’s what it is all about. Happiness.

Our lives are too busy to fill them with worries and sadness.

We should see just the bright side of the things.

Just the half full glass. Forget about the empty half.

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Little things make me feel better.

Like a stranger stopping in front of my house to tell me I have pretty flowers.

An email for my MIL telling me she can’t wait for us to get there.

Hubby reaching out to hold my hand when we are in the car.

A “good kiss” from Tiffany.

A random “Love you” and/or a hug.

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Little things keep me going.

After my last post I was asked how I do it. The answer should be :  all the little things.

They make me smile. They keep me going. They make my day!

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Baking makes me happy.  Baking a chocolate cake is even better.

Chocolate Cake. What’s not to love about it? Well, unless you don’t like chocolate.

This chocolate yogurt cake recipe was adapted from a coffee cake I found in one of my cookbooks.

I substituted some of the flour and the instant coffee with unsweetened cocoa powder and used Chobani Greek Yogurt instead of sour-cream. A little other touches here and there and I made a delicious chocolate yogurt cake. It was moist. Not too sweet. Chocolate-y. Perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee in the afternoon.

Chocolate Yogurt Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: one 11X7 inch pan / 18 pieces

Chocolate Yogurt Cake

Moist, light, chocolate-y yogurt cake. A perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee or as an after dinner treat.


    Chocolate Cake
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) of butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup Chobani Greek Yogurt Plain Non-Fat
  • 1/4 unsweetened (20 grams) cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (120 grams) whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • Chocolate Icing
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (120 grams) confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tbsp water


    Chocolate Cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 315F. Line an 11X7 inch baking pan with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the eggs with the vanilla extract and the yogurt. Add it to the creamed butter.
  4. In another bowl sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Slowly, fold it into the wet mixture. Stir until the mixture is combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan, smooth the surface and bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Leave the cake in the pan until completely cooled.
  7. Chocolate icing
  8. In a small bowl mix the cocoa powder with the sugar. Add the water and the melted butter and mix until combined and creamy. Spread over the cooled cake.
  9. Refrigerate for few minutes and cut it into squares.
  10. Enjoy!

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  1. Lisa says

    What a sweet post. It’s truly the little gestures in life that fill the heart to the brim. As for filling the stomach and satisfying the sweet tooth, you nailed it. This cake looks fabulous.

  2. says

    Roxane! Read ur blog post today is like reading a beautiful little poem!
    Oh! I LOVES chocolate! the bitter, the better! Period! 😀
    Tq for the recipe and the reminder to love the baking time and every little thing in live…family :)
    Love the recipe, love how u adapted and change a little bit here and there and LOVES the food prep!
    And I also pass on 2 award for u, grap it on my post here :
    Very well deserve and have a great week ahead to u and ur family dear 😉

  3. says

    It really is all about the little things – it’s amazing how much joy a little chocolate can bring to your life! I’m a chocolate fanatic and I love using yogurt when I bake, so this looks delicious!

  4. Vanessa @FrenchFoodieMom says

    Your pictures are beautiful. Your words are even more so. You are so right. It is the little things that make a day. And then to top it off with such a beautiful yet low-guilt chocolate cake – makes a perfect day!

    I love your photos on your sidebar. What widget do you use to have them?


    • says

      Hi Vanessa,
      Thank you for the sweet comment.
      For the sidebar photos I use a WordPress plugin. It’s called nrelate.
      Hope it helps.

  5. says

    So sweet and so true. Sometimes I get so busy and then “pop,”my little girl says something that brings me back to reality, have a great week sweetie!!

  6. Kitchen Belleicious says

    you inspire me! This cake looks out of this world rich, delicious and super moist

  7. says

    Your cake seriously has me drooling!!! AND again you are rockin’ it with the delicious Chobani Greek yogurt:-) Hugs, Terra

  8. says

    Chocolate makes me happy, even though i like more salty! it is ok to have chocolate love…we all needed every single day!
    Your cake look so tasty, you are my baking genius! i love your post and your mouthwatering photos!

  9. says

    We hang on to chocolate, too – you can only give up so much, you know. It makes you feel happy and a square or two of organic dark chocolate is a dessert my husband can have! I like the yogurt in this cake – makes it extra moist (hate dry cake) and a little bit healthy :)

  10. says

    I like your thinking – sometimes we are so busy we miss the small things that mean the most. Love how you made this healthier with whole wheat flour and yogurt.

  11. says

    It’s a great reminder that little things count to keep us going. And they are actually the most important part of our life to live positively. We need to be able to notice those things to enjoy our life. :-) I was serious chocoholic when I was in high school, mostly stress from studying I ate crazy amount. I sort of recover from that, but I still greatly enjoy anything chocolate. Your chocolate yogurt cake sounds wonderful. It’s one form of chocolate that I’ve never had. Sounds delicious and hope to try it one day!

  12. Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings says

    chocolate rampage!!! anything with chocolate is my weakness! i gotta wipe the drool off my lips now…

  13. says

    You’re right–it is the little things that we often take for granted but give so much joy. Take this cake, for instance. I would be the happiest girl in the world right now if I could have a slice of this beautiful cake. :)

  14. says

    What a sweet post Roxana! I totally understand when you say its the little things that really motivate you to write, bake and just be. Love the way you adapted this recipe. :)

  15. Dionne Baldwin says

    Your cake is so beautiful! What a perfect piece to enjoy while reminiscing about the little things that matter. :) I love those priceless minutes with my Taylor. Her birthday is coming up and she just LOVES chocolate!

  16. says

    Hi Roxana-I was so thrilled to hear from you, and leaving such a kind comment on my blog. I left a reply for you on my blog, as well!
    Your chocolate cake is moist, and delicious. Love the addition of the Chobani yogurt. The photos are spectacular!
    Hope all is well with you and your family!

  17. says

    Mmmmmm…this looks like the perfect snack cake, Roxana!!! And we couldn’t go too long without chocolate, either :)xo

  18. says

    Your cakes look so lovely. Is this cake still moist when i put it in the fridge?
    My cakes were always dried out just after 1 day refrige,im so disapointed! :( looking forward your reply! :)

    • says

      Hi Hang,
      The cakes stayed moist, well, they only lasted few days, but my advice, for any kinda of cakes, is to keep them in air-tight containers or cover with clear plastic foil.
      Hope the dry cakes era is over now:)
      Have a great weekend!

  19. Olga says

    Hi there! This looks delicious and I can’t wait to bake it but I have a couple of questions for you. Can I use Dutch processed cocoa? Also, my oven only goes up by 25 degree increments, so would you recommend I bake this on 300F or 325F? Thank you!

    • says

      Hi Olga,
      Thanks for stopping by. I have never substituted Dutch processed cocoa for regular cocoa. I would not advice you to make the substitution, but if you do, please let me know how it turns out.
      As for the oven temperature, 325F should work, you’ll have to keep an eye on the cake not to over-bake it, test it after 20 minutes with a toothpick to see if it is done or needs few more minutes.

  20. Shana says

    I just made this cake after having it bookmarked for a few weeks. I LOVE the frosting! This is one of the best frosting recipes I’ve ever seen/made; other ones usually are too heavy and come out terrible.

    The cake itself is a little dense; it makes it taste like a “health” cake. I like the grains in the cake, but I was wondering if it really is meant to be a dense cake or if I made a mistake somewhere along the line. Either way, I like it. Any tips on how to make it softer?

    Thank you for this lovely recipe!

    • says

      I’m glad to hear that Shana. Mine didn’t turn out heavy. Next time try and add a little less flour (about 1-2 tablespoons less) and see if it still turns out heavy. It shouldn’t if you measure the flour right (weight it vs volume)


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