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Lemon Yoghurt Apple Cake with Lemongrass & Ginger Syrup

Earlier this year, Helados Jauja flicked me an email with a collaboration proposal. It was the height of Summer, it was hot, and ice-cream seemed like a good idea. I picked two ingredients, they picked another two ingredients, and with the 4 main ingredients I made a cake, and they made an ice-cream.


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Lemon Yoghurt Apple Cake with Lemongrass & Ginger Syrup
April 9, 2014

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Lemon Yoghurt Apple Cake with Lemongrass & Ginger Syrup

Lemon Yoghurt & Apple Cake

Earlier this year, Helados Jauja flicked me an email with a collaboration proposal.

It was the height of Summer, it was hot, and ice-cream seemed like a good idea. Jauja ice-creams are genuinely artisan, crafted from only fresh produce without any gelatine, colouring or flavouring. Each ice-cream is made from individually crafted recipes. carefully designed to balance and harmonize different elements with the ultimate aim of pleasuring the human palate. 

The challenge was that I would pick two ingredients, they would pick another two ingredients, and with those four ingredients, I would make a cake, and they would make an ice-cream. Then we would have a night with some bloggers and loyal customers (and Prosecco, weee!!) to unveil our creations. 

The ingredients had to be natural to stick with their values of fresh, pure, natural; not processed based. With my current lemongrass obsession, I went with the classic combination of lemongrass and ginger; although chocolate and hazelnut was a close second choice. Po Lin, the awesome Malaysian who is chief ice-cream maker/creator/all around nice person, chose apple and lemon.

I had no idea what to do.

Actually, I lie.

I had a thought to do a ginger based cake with a lemongrass syrup, apple topping and maybe candied lemons or lemon cream but I wasn’t convinced. I had ZERO time leading up to the cake/ice-cream launch date to trial any recipes, so on the drive back from Daylesford one late Sunday night, I had a light bulb moment…. thank god, as the event was 3 days later and I had to bake it the night after! 

The cake was a success, and the syrup actually works with the cake (much to my surprise and delight!!). If you don’t remember, I ADORE yoghurt in cakes. Something about the texture, the *moistness*, the flavour. It’s magic. 

Thank you to the ever bubbly Min, Po Lin and the team at Helados Jauja for letting me be your first ‘Plus One’, it’ was fun 🙂

Lemon Yoghurt Apple Cake with Lemongrass & Ginger Syrup

Iron Chef Shellie
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  • 125 g unsalted butter softened
  • 220 g 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 lemon zested, juiced
  • 200 g 1 1/3 cups self-raising flour
  • 200 g 3/4 cup natural yoghurt
  • 2 large apples quartered, sliced

Lemongrass & Ginger Syrup

  • 2 lemongrass stalks pale part only
  • a thumb sized piece of ginger
  • 750 ml water
  • palm sugar to taste


To make the syrup

  • Lightly bash the ginger, then cut into chunky size pieces. Add lemongrass, ginger and a little palm sugar to water; bring to the boil, then let simmer for around an hour. You may need to turn up the heat to make it thicker and more of a syrup consistency toward the end. Strain and set aside.

To make the cake

  • Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line base and sides of a 20cm round cake pan.
  • Beat butter and caster sugar until pale and fluffy, the beat in eggs, one at a time; it may look a bit curdled, but don't worry. Gently fold in lemon zest and flour, alternating with the yoghurt and lemon juice. Using a spatula, scrape mixture into the prepared pan. Arrange the apple slices on top of the cake, then bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove cake from oven, but leave it in the pan. Using a fine skewer, pierce cake all over 30 times. Spoon hot syrup over the cake so it soaks evenly.
  • Cool, then serve.


22 comments on “Lemon Yoghurt Apple Cake with Lemongrass & Ginger Syrup
  1. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    You’re such a clever lass, I just love the sound of this xx

    April 9, 2014 at 9:22 am
  2. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    This is one of those high-falutin cakes that experts make with the bashing and the syrup. It’s absolutely beautiful and I bet it tastes like a bite of heaven.

    April 9, 2014 at 9:52 am
  3. Kitchen Diva

    Heidi’s right – you are such a clever lass – I’m wondering how this would translate into a small cakes rather than one big one, altering of couthe baking time of course – what do you think? Off to the kitchen to try, and thanks as ever for your thoughtful post…

    April 9, 2014 at 10:49 am
  4. milkteaxx

    i have never had yoghurt cake, shall try it out!

    April 9, 2014 at 3:48 pm
  5. Mez


    these photos are freaking gorgeous

    that sounds freaking delicious

    I’m going to have a slice of the lemon drizzle cake I had RIGHT NOW

    I blame you, thank you :p

    April 10, 2014 at 11:33 am
    • Mez

      I MADE not had

      I would have HAD it soon


      April 10, 2014 at 11:33 am
  6. Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    This looks so lush! Love those caramelised cake edges too, and how its pushed itself up in between the apple slices!

    April 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm
  7. heinstirred

    Beautiful cake! But what happens to the 165g (3/4 cup) white sugar? It does not seem to be mentioned in the method (or am I missing it?)

    April 16, 2014 at 2:04 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      oops sorry my bad! I adapted it from a previous recipe and was half asleep when posting this one! will fix it now 🙂

      April 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm
  8. Mary

    Hey! So I’m making this, and am wondering what happened with the lemon juice for the cake? I assume it goes into the cake…but it doesn’t say, it only mentions the zest 🙂 Thanks!

    October 23, 2014 at 9:14 am
  9. Diana

    Hi there, beautiful photos! It looks so beautiful that It made me bake my first cake! I’m also wondering what happened to the juice? I left it out from the cake mixture, but decided to incorporate it into the syrup. I hope it works out!

    December 7, 2014 at 7:39 pm
    • Rosie

      How did you like it? I need a cake for a dinner party and I want this one but I’m scared.

      May 22, 2015 at 2:38 am
  10. Joanne

    What about lemon juice?

    June 4, 2017 at 8:49 am
  11. LaCretia J Johnson

    5 stars
    Beautiful cake! Going to try this today! What did you wrap this in? Is this paper or parchment paper?

    November 17, 2021 at 2:51 am

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