dressy chocolate cake

Most of us probably had the same first experience with plain yogurt. You think it’s going to be yogurt, but not quite so vanilla-ey! And then, ew, wtf, this tastes like sour cream. Force down a few bites; toss in trash. That was the end of my plain yogurt experience for several years.

And then I made an important connection – it tastes like sour cream, but it’s good for you! And now I use it everywhere – in sauce for fish tacos, on baked potatoes, on pancakes with jam, and now, in chocolate frosting. I held my breath waiting to see if it would curdle or if it would mix with melted chocolate to form a smooth icing, and I am pleased that it worked wonderfully. What a simple but luscious frosting recipe.

Low-fat Greek yogurt (my grocery store just started carrying Fage!) might not have been quite as good a replacement for sour cream in the cake itself. Fat in cake leads to moistness, and my cake seemed just a tad dry. A little cherry jam and chocolate yogurt frosting fixed that right up, and I’ve hardly been able to step away from this cake since, shaving dainty slivers off here and there throughout the day, hoping Dave doesn’t notice that half of the cake has disappeared.  But it’s okay, because I used yogurt, and not sour cream.

Amy chose this cake for Tuesdays with Dorie, and she has the recipe posted. Besides the yogurt substitutions discussed above, I doubled the salt in the cake.

One year ago: Mixed Berry Cobbler
Two years ago: Coconut Roasted Pineapple Dacquoise


  1. Beautiful cake, I better make it! I love the colorful decorations–my granddaughters would love your cake.

  2. Can I ask why you doubled the salt? I’m just trying to learn new tips! I love that you made yours round and it is so beautifully decorated. Mine did not turn out “pretty” but was oh so tasty! That is what matters, right?

  3. Dressy indeed! Such a beautiful cake. S colourful and fun! I understand the yogurt substitution, but why double the salt…? I usually double the vanilla 😉


  4. We are kindred in our plain yogurt experience. In the last three years, Greek yogurt has seemingly replaced every other similar ingredient in my fridge. In addition to being my favorite breakfast with a light drizzle of honey.

  5. Dressy indeed! I never would have thought to use yogurt in icing – then again, I didn’t know you could make icing simply from sour cream and chocolate 🙂

  6. I love how you dressed up your cake. Very cute.

  7. So glad to know about the yogurt for sour cream sub. Will have to try that next time I make this delightfully easy frosting.

    Cute cake – until I saw it on the lovely cake plate. Now it’s elegant!!!

  8. holy – that looks so beautiful! and fun too! I like this so much I made 2: Bundt & Loaf cakes

  9. I don’t like yogurt or sour cream in anything, but this cake looks lovely! Great decorations.

  10. that’s so cute! and good to know about the yogurt…i would have been worried about curdling, too.

  11. That has to be the cutest darn cake ever!!! YUM!

  12. Brandi says:

    Cake looks so good! Glad to know I’m not the only one who shaves dainty slivers of cake off throughout the day 😉

  13. Your cake looks gorgeous! I thought about using yogurt, but wasn’t sure it would work in the frosting, so that’s good to know. Your description of eating plain yogurt is funny, but I love the stuff and hate sour cream. I don’t think they taste the same at all! Weird, I know.

  14. ok… now that tweet about the confetti makes sense. I LOVE this!! What a fun looking cake!!! I am going to have to try that – never used fondant before, but this is the perfect decoration for summer – polka dots. And I think yogurt and sour cream are one in the same – one just has more fat. 🙂

  15. I love your dressed up version. So festive, plus I love bright colors. I thought about the yogurt and so thank you for doing the work. YIPPEE!
    I am having one of those dainty slivers right now while I visit with new and old friends. YAY Thank you so much for baking along with me this week.

  16. Awww, those adorable little candies! This would be perfect for a little girl’s birthday party… or hey, even mine! Looks yummy, too.

  17. I love your decorations! Your cake looks so good.
    Greek Yogurt is my fav.!

  18. I love the cake decorations! Where did you get them?!

  19. bridget says:

    The sprinkles/candies/whatever are from bakeitpretty.com.

  20. this cake is TOO cute! I adore plain yogurt, just to eat (with granola) but it took me awhile to get used to 🙂

  21. that cake is gorgeous

  22. what an adorable and fun cake!!

  23. Ah ha! There are the sprinkles 🙂 Such a cute lil cake!

  24. Yours is the dressiest cake I’ve seen. Beautiful 🙂