Lemon Yogurt Cakelets for Little Wonders

Monday, April 21, 2008

I can’t believe I completely forgot about these little guys! Aren’t they cute? They’re mini-lemon yogurt cakes that I made for Phe*mom*enon’s Little Wonders – Blogging for Babies. I made them about three weeks ago when I first read about this event and in the whirly blur that is my life these days, I forgot to write my post. Don’t judge me. I’ve got a lot on my mind! So, since the deadline for this event is in less than two hours, you lucky readers are going to get the Reader’s Digest condensed version of what I was going to write, instead of the long-winded, droning on and on version. Consider yourselves lucky.

The purpose of this event is to raise funds and awareness for the March of Dimes, March for Babies. Most of you are already familiar with the March of Dimes, but for those who aren’t, they are the leading non-profit organization in the United States dedicated to pregnancy and baby health. Their mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality, through research, community services, education and advocacy.

I am so incredibly lucky to have a healthy and thriving child, but she wasn’t always that way. I’ve shared with you before the story of my struggle with infertility and my difficult pregnancy. What I didn’t share was the fact that my daughter spent her first two weeks of life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at our local hospital. Less than 24 hours after she was born, she developed a beta strep infection which developed into pneumonia. At almost eight and a half pounds, she looked like a giant among all of the preemies, but that didn’t diminish the heartache we felt at seeing her hooked up to ventilators, IVs and a host of other scary things.

During the time that Mini-SGCC was in the NICU, we got to know the families of some of the other babies there, mostly preemies. My heart bled for them. Here I was, with a full term, hefty baby, albeit a sick one, and they were dealing with babies that were four, three and even two pounds! After the first few days, I could hold my baby in my arms. Most of them could not. The courage and determination of those parents was an inspiration! The March of Dimes was and is an invaluable resource for them.

For my entry in this event, I decided to make Ina Garten’s Lemon Yogurt Cake. I’d considered making it for the A Taste of Yellow event, so I already had all of the ingredients, including some beautiful Meyer lemons. I had a cakelet plaque of mini flower molds and I thought that it would be really cute to use it for this event. I took half of the cake batter and added candied ginger to it. The rest of the batter got treated to some fresh blueberries. Since the cakelets were so small, I only baked them for about a third of the recommended time. I decided to dust a little powdered sugar on them instead of using the glaze in the recipe. This was because I was afraid that the glaze would obscure the details of the little flowers. It didn’t matter. They were moist and delicious anyway.

If you want to know more about Little Wonders March for Babies Team? Fantastic!! Here is the Team Page. Any amount that you can sponsor is extremely appreciated. Please, please help spread the word and sponsor Little Wonders if you can! Thank you!
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Lemon Yogurt Cakelets
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa at Home

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
3 extra large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup candied ginger bits (optional)
1 cup fresh blueberries (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a cake plaque or mini muffin pan.
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Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it’s all incorporated. Equally divide the batter into 2 bowls. Mix the ginger bits into one, and the blueberries into the other. Pour the batters into the prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
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Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cakelets are done, allow them to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cakelets are still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over them and allow it to soak in. Cool.

Enjoy!

26 responses to Lemon Yogurt Cakelets for Little Wonders

  1. On April 21, 2008 at 11:10pm, Manggy said...

    Those are totally cute! Like lil babies :) Ina Garten sure loves her lemon-flavored cakes, haha..

    Susan, we like your stories! :p

  2. On April 22, 2008 at 1:01am, Peter M said...

    I would be probably pull an adult “little kids & tots shouldn’t eat these, it’s not good for you shticK” so to liberate more for me…gluttonous, yes.

  3. On April 22, 2008 at 1:11am, PheMom said...

    Thanks so much for joining in and for sharing your story about Mini-SGCC (so cute!). I’m two for two on my pregnancies and babies. Aidan, who is almost 5 now, spent his first 4 days in the NICU with pneumonia. It is scary no matter how big they are (he was 8lbs 6oz). It doesn’t diminish the experience at all. You still miss out on so much that is supposed to be the “normal” excitement of having a baby and get so much terror instead. Though preemies, like Cole (3lbs 6oz) are different than full term, you still know what that NICU experience is like. Thanks again so much for participating! (Ha, so how was that for the not RD condensed comment!) Hugs!

    Holly

  4. On April 22, 2008 at 1:31am, Pixie said...

    very adorable- been wanting to buy some mini pans for bakes- you convinced me i should do so

    well worthy event as well-my niece was a preemie and she’s come quite a long way thank god

  5. On April 22, 2008 at 2:42am, Y said...

    Damn, those are cute indeed! I’ve always wanted to use cake molds like those ones you have there.

  6. On April 22, 2008 at 3:50am, joanne at frutto della passione said...

    Those look divine. I may have to take a break from doing ANYTHING else other that trying the recipes you post. I don’t know when I’ll ever get around to trying all the ones I want to try. hmmm, if you lived closer I could just eat yours :D

  7. On April 22, 2008 at 5:29am, Mike of Mike's Table said...

    These look mouth-watering–very attractively presented, delicious, and the most dangerous of all: bite-sized! :o

  8. On April 22, 2008 at 5:40am, Aran said...

    These are simply beautiful! I love cakes with yogurt. It really makes them moist. The little shapes are perfect for the Blogginf for babies. Beautiful job!

  9. On April 22, 2008 at 9:00am, Patsyk said...

    What adorable mini cakes! I’ve been eyeing that pan for awhile now… may have to make up an excuse to buy and make these cakes.

    This is an even worthy of such sweet little cakes.

  10. On April 22, 2008 at 9:04am, Big Boys Oven said...

    I am drooling at those petite cakes if yours! so lovely baked!

  11. On April 22, 2008 at 10:48am, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Manggy- Thanks! I’m glad you like my cakelets (and my stories)! :)

    Peter- Lol! I can’t tell you how many times I pulled that one on my daughter when she was little. Now, she’s wise to me! ;)

    Holly- It was my pleasure to participate! My twin nephews were preemies too. They’re 5 now, and they both still have “issues”.

    Pixie- Thanks! I found my pan at Williams-Sonoma. I thought the little flowers were so cute!

    Y- I’m glad you like them! I have a veggie one too, but that’s another post. ;)

    Joanne- Awww! You’re too sweet! I’m glad you like them. If you lived closer, we could bake them together. :)

    Mike- Thank you! I just keep telling myself that the bite-sized ones don’t have any calories. Lol!

    Aran- Thanks! I love yogurt cakes as well. They are easy to make and oh, so moist!

    Patsy- Thank you! I’d had my eye on that pan for a while before I broke down. Never go to Williams-Sonoma when you are feeling sorry for yourself! ;)

    Big Boys Oven- Hehehe! Thanks! Glad you like them.

  12. On April 22, 2008 at 10:58am, CookiePie said...

    These are both adorable and elegant! And they look so luscious and moist. YUM!

  13. On April 22, 2008 at 10:59am, Jen Yu said...

    These cakes are absolutely beautiful (you know I’m a sucker for small bites!). A great contribution too. Glad that after all of that, mini-SGCC is a fine and healthy young lady – to follow in her beautiful mother’s footsteps… or to forge her own! :) She can’t go wrong either way. xxoo

  14. On April 22, 2008 at 11:34am, Patricia Scarpin said...

    Susan, you are a fighter! It’s wonderful to have people like you as an example. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story.
    I’m a sucker for anything citrus (as a matter of fact, I’m about to post something citrus, if only Blogger would allow me to upload my photos). These look delicious! And so delicate.

  15. On April 22, 2008 at 8:00pm, Kevin said...

    Lemon and yogurt cake sounds so good! Nice mini cake molds!

  16. On April 22, 2008 at 9:23pm, Gretchen Noelle said...

    Great post. I am bummed since I just realized this event passed me by!

  17. On April 22, 2008 at 10:09pm, CupcakeLady said...

    These little cakes look too pretty to eat!

  18. On April 22, 2008 at 10:41pm, Cakespy said...

    Why is it that I can never resist these little things!? These are 110% adorable, and I would happily eat 10 of them. They sounds so delicious too! And it’s a beautiful cause, which makes them even more enticing! xoxo

  19. On April 23, 2008 at 3:30am, Mochachocolata Rita said...

    so adorably cute!!! when will i hv a mini meee?…i want a mini me!

  20. On April 23, 2008 at 8:00am, RecipeGirl said...

    So cute!

  21. On April 24, 2008 at 6:07am, Tempered Woman said...

    These are adorable! What is it about this recipe that makes it so contagious?? I never would have thought of the ginger, great idea. I may never escape this recipe if everyone keeps coming up with clever additions…

  22. On April 24, 2008 at 6:45am, Cakelaw said...

    These are sooo cute – I have often admired this Nordic Ware pan fom afar.

  23. On April 24, 2008 at 9:29pm, Sunshinemom said...

    These look sooo cute, and so perfect for little ones.

  24. On April 25, 2008 at 8:29am, Veron said...

    tooo cute. The lemon and yoghurts sounds wonderful in this recipe.

  25. On April 25, 2008 at 8:22pm, Tartelette said...

    I have always thought of yogurt cake as childhood times while baking with mom, comfort and love. Beautiful Susan!

  26. On April 25, 2008 at 8:55pm, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    CookiePie- Thanks! Glad you like them.

    Jen- Thank you! Yes, Mini-SGCC is fine and healthy, but I’ll be happy when the teenage years are over and she becomes human again! (Don’t ask!) ;)

    Patricia- Awww! Thank you! I was happy to do it. I’m glad you like the little cakes.

    Kevin- Thanks! It’s a great combination.

    Gretchen- Don’t be bummed. As it is, I don’t know how you participate in all the events that you do. I could never fit it all in!

    CupcakeLady- Thanks!

    Cakespy- I can’t resist little things either. I DID eat 10 of them! :o

    Rita- Lol! Be careful what you wish for! ;)

    RecipeGirl- Thanks!

    Tempered- Lol, I was thinking the same thing.

    Cakelaw- Thank you! Yeah. I mooned over this pan for a long time before I bought it. Never go to Williams-Sonoma when you are depressed!

    Sunshinemom- I love your name. You don’t have teenagers, do you?

    Veron- Hi! Thanks! I’m glad you like them.

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