JOIE DE VIVRE – A Gateau for Maman

Show Mum how much you love her – bake her a Gateau au yaourt !

I learnt from very young that the road to someone’s heart is filled with good intentions. The intention of wanting to make someone feel special is so much more than the monetary value you might spend on it. It is genuine and priceless.

So here is a good one for Mother’s Day: Bake Mum a yoghurt cake. Also called Gateau au yaourt – pronounce “gato – ô – ya-oort”– this yummy cake always was lots of fun to prepare and even more to personnalise! It is so easy to make, it is a great way to get the kids excited when on holidays too… So why not have a go?

The below recipe will feed 8-10 people easily.


1 pot of yoghurt (natural or vanilla)

3 pots of self raising flour

2 pots of sugar (I use raw sugar)

1/2 pot of oil (sunflower or grapeseed oil)

3 eggs

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tbsp vanilla essence

Now the fun starts!

  • Ensure Mum is out of the house
  • Prepare all ingredients in front of you
  • Pre-heat oven on 180 °C (Thermostat 6).
  • Line a 20-30cm round baking dish with baking paper
  • Pour the yoghurt into a bowl.
  • Clean the pot of yoghurt and use as a measuring tool.
  • Add the baking powder, flour, sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla essence
  • Combine all with a whisk or a fork until you obtain a smooth mixture
  • Pour the mixture into baking dish (round dish looks better for special occasions)
  • Place in the oven for about 30 minutes or until cooked.
  • Clean the kitchen so mum doesn’t have to J

A few twists – if to your liking:

  • Cut some apples in small dices (pears or prunes also taste great) and add them to the mixture
  • I also add a few almonds flakes just on top to add a bit of protein and delicious taste. Ideally, roast them first if you have time by simply placing them into a frying pan and shake the pan for a few minutes – there is no need for oil or butter – DO NOT LEAVE on the stove unattended  as they could burn very quickly)
  • If you are a chocoholic like myself or Ilona, why not add a few chocolate chips at the very end before baking?

A Mother’s Day touch: Why not add a message on top of the cake such as I LUV U with cocoa powder? Here’s how: Place a sheet of A4 paper on top of the cake and lightly draw the shape of the round cake with a pencil so you know how much space you are working with. Write the words within the circle on the piece of paper using block letters (you can replace the LUV by a heart to save space) – make those block letters wide enough so you can easily cut them with a pair of scissors afterwards. Once you have cut through the letters and can see through them – place the paper on top of the cake, then using a sift, sprinkle cocoa powder on top of each letter. Take the paper of delicately and the words will appear. Ta ta!!!

Another nice finishing touch would be to take a ribbon and tie it around the cake at with a very nice bow.

I am sure we have all thought of the best way to celebrate the women and mothers in our lives. WorldMark  Owners have shared with us such memorable holiday moments through the years. What has been yours?

I recommend taking a look at other Gateau au Yaourt recipes and pick your favourite:

–  Pease Pudding

– Baking devils

– Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

Pear Cake (From the Hobbit Hole Kitchen)


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