When all else fails, cover it in glaze…

So I am doing my birthday weird this year. See my birthday is in a month (and a day) but I already got my gift, but I don’t get to use it until August. This year it’s a food gift of sorts. See I’m going to the International Food Bloggers Conference. It’s in Seattle, so I don’t have that far to travel. :) You should come!

And though the conference offers a lot of great things, the one thing I must admit that tipped me over was the people who are going. One in particular in fact. That being Jen of Use Real Butter. I all but jumped from my computer chair when I saw her name on a list of attendees. There are just some bloggers that you have interacted with through the years that you have always wondered what they would be like in person. And considering the fact that every food blogger that I have meet in person has been double awesome than even what they are on their blog, I am sure that Jen (as she would say) is going to rock.

I’m a bit chocolated out right now. And so I went searching for something in the opposite direction. Which usually leads to either vanilla or citrus…today we are doing both. You can never go wrong with a yogurt cake. I have yet to make one that wasn’t nice and moist and this one as you can see is no different. You get a triple dose of vanilla in this cake with the use of the bean, the extract, and vanilla yogurt. You don’t have to use the vanilla bean, but with a cake this simple it really does help.

I added the clementine (orange) glaze in honour of the Flyers. They made it to the Stanley Cup playoffs, but sadly are already down 0-2. So I am trying to send them a little love and support. I would really like to see my favorite player hold the cup up!

Vanilla Bean Yogurt Cake with Clementine Fondant Glaze

1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup almond flour
2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean, insides scraped, pod discarded
½ cup vanilla yogurt
3 large eggs
2 TBSP pure vanilla extract
½ cup vegetable oil

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F.

Generously butter an 8 1/2-x-4 1/2-inch loaf pan, place the pan on a lined baking sheet and set aside. Whisk together the flours, baking powder and salt; set aside.

Whisk in the yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla beans, and vanilla. When the mixture is well blended, gently whisk in the dry ingredients. Switch to a spatula and fold in the oil. The batter will be thick and shiny. Scrape it into the pan and smooth the top.

Bake the cake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until it is golden and starts to come away from the sides of the pan; a knife inserted into the center of the cake will come out clean. Cool on a rack for 5 minutes, then run a knife between the cake and the sides of the pan. Unmold and cool to room temperature right-side up.

Adapted from Baking From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan

Clementine Fondant Glaze

2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
4 TBSP freshly squeezed clementine or orange juice

Combine the powdered sugar and the clementine juice in a bowl, mixing with a wire whisk until smooth. Pour over the tops of the cakes and allow the glaze to drizzle down the sides.

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  1. A delicious looking cake! Very moist. With glaze it becomes even more irresistible…



  2. It seems that a person can’t go wrong with Dorie Greenspan. The flavours here marry so well with vanilla and orange. It sounds like a must needed vacation in the tropics.

  3. As an AVID Hawks fan, I can’t feel sorry for your team being down by 2 games… Although I would really like the Flyers to win one at home. Mostly b/c I really want the see the Hawks win the cup here.
    But I still love your blog, even if you’re a Flyers fan!!

  4. I really love your pictures. Your blog is very tasty!!
    I add you to my favourite blogs!!

  5. Peeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaa! Can’t wait to see you too :) Love how you make desserts with themes. I can hardly manage to make desserts… xoxo

  6. GO FLYERS!!! Oh, and the cake looks fabulous. =)

  7. wish i was going to the International Food Bloggers Conference! great b-day gift to yourself! :-)

    the cake looks delicious!!

  8. looks yummy… but go Hawks go! :)

  9. Ariana from Chicago says:

    Looks like a great recipe, looove vanilla and will definitely try this. Yep, I’m a Hawks fan too. Hope your guys do alright at home. They are both good teams, looking forward to more great hockey.

  10. Sounds like an awesome conference! One of my favorite parts of blogging is all of the wonderful people you meet along the way.

    This yogurt cake looks delicious! I love that it has real vanilla beans.

  11. That dripping glaze is driving me nuts, Pea – delicious! And I do love me some citrus flavored sweets.
    I wish I could take part in the bloggers’ event… :(

  12. Wow have a great time at the conference. It will be really exciting meeting food bloggers in person.
    You can never go wrong with Dorie’s recipes and this look lovely. Just what you need after all the chocolate!

  13. You’ll have a lot of fun at the conference and Jen is awesome! You’ll love meeting her.

    Happy birthday a month and a day early :)

  14. Have a great time at the conference.
    I live near Philly, so you can just imagine the excited anticipation!

  15. Beautiful cake! Love the photos. I can’t wait to hear about the bloggers conference. I so hope to be able to attend one someday!

  16. Ohh! I have not purchased my ticket yet, but will be very soon. Sooo, maybe I will meet you there! Please bring me a slide of this cake. It looks delicious. ;)

  17. Obviously I meant slice of cake. But you can go ahead and bring me a ‘slide’ also!

  18. Beautiful photos! That glaze looks amazing.

  19. Oooh Great birthday present! That’s on fine looking cake as well!!

  20. opps meant one fine lookng cake ;p

  21. I love the pictures on this one! And I can’t wait to look into the food blogger’s conference, way cool!

  22. Calling my name!! Love it; the yoghurt, the vanilla, the clementine..
    I need it too, firstborn son finished his final exams yesterday, goes on holiday to Portugal all by himself (and a group of 7) today, discovers at the airport that he forgot to take his ID. And I’m stuck at work, can’t do a thing. Hubs is driving him home now. He will be flying tonight tho, $$ extra and alone…. Booze and cake that’s what I need!

    (sorry, I guess I had to get that out)

  23. Natasha P. says:

    Love the paisley background! Cake looks great too!

  24. have fun at the conference :) wish we had something like that in my area :(

  25. This cake looks so good and I love vanilla & orange flavors.

  26. I’m considering going to the conference too. It would be fun to meet you! This glazey dessert looks amazing!

  27. The shots of the glaze dripping down are totally awesome. Makes me want to start licking my fingers.

  28. Love the clementine glaze…drippy and yum! On the hockey end of things did you hear the kerfluffle about the puck from the last game?
    Wish I were going to the IFBC, too. I would love to meet Jen. She has such an elegant blog and way with photography and seems really nice, too. Maybe I should look at ticket prices :)

  29. Looks very moist and delicious.

  30. Flyers won!!! This cake must have something to do with that :) Greetings from Flyers-fans from Finland.

  31. I love the flecks of vanilla in the cake it looks absoloutely heavenly yum!

  32. Happy early birthday! That cake looks beautiful, so moist and rich. LOVE the triple vanilla. You rock!

  33. Mouth-watering glory shot of the glaze. I so want to make this and eat it all up!

  34. What a great cake! Enjoy the conference. Alas, having no holidays and living in a different hemisphere, I have no chance of going this year.

  35. Oops, sorry, meant to post this: “Your photos are absolutely amazing! Seeing that glaze drip off your cake is making my mouth water! Congrats on the food bloggers conference!” up here. Although your chocolate cake is beautiful too!

  36. Although I love your decadent chocolate creations I must say this looks equally wonderful! Ah that moist crumb…want some now!

    Have a blast at the conference :)

  37. What a fabulous cake! I am new to this food blogging business, and am loving all these fabulous blogs I have discovered, including yours, yum! I can’t beleive there is a conference as well, how fantastic. Probably a little far to go from New Zealand, have fun!

  38. Oh this glaze looks luscious. And the moist cake crumb, I am lusting after this… I think I am getting a little hot and bothered… ;)

  39. If I had known a little glaze could solve failures, I would have thrown some all over the Canucks!

  40. Your recipes and photos are so inspiring and I like to save them to try later. However, the pictures won’t ‘save'; the photos are what are so inspiring and trigger that desire to bake. Am I doing something wrong in trying to save them? Or are they protected so they can’t be saved along with the recipe?

  41. I am not a blogger but the conference sounds awesome. I am definitely a food enthusiast! Have you ever made your own vanilla? Add about 6 vanilla beans in a liter of vodka and let sit 6 months. Seriously makes the best extract! Start it now for lovely Christmas presents. I just leave the beans in and add more when starting a new bottle.

  42. i love perusing your blog for inspiration. you are ever so creative lady.

  43. carolina says:

    Looks amazingly good. Love the glaze. Simple but fetching!

  44. nice one

  45. Triple vanilla? Yes, yes, yes. What a treat to get to meet Jen. She does sound like a totally wonderful woman. I know you two will have a grand time together.

  46. Thrilled you are going to IFBC and I will finally get to meet you!

  47. ah, some things are just meant to be… I’ve been lurking your site for YEARS… maybe commented before? You are one of my favorite food bloggers, the other being Jen of Use Real Butter. no joke…

    haven’t been here in a while, and today I see this post. HUZZAH! :)

    you see, I recently started my own blog. ;) I am having fun… and just for kicks I may look into IFBC. I am only three hours away, after all. :)

  48. Oh you should come!!!!

  49. Ariana from Chicago says:

    Got a chance to make it with my son, this is very vanilla-y and good even without a glaze! Just one thing on the directions – you didn’t mention what to do with the sugar. I ended up whisking it with the yogurt mixture, I think that’s right.

  50. hello again, it is me!

    YES, I am going to go to IFBC… I am SO excited !! :)

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