French Yogurt Cake with A Nutella Swirl


The week between Christmas and New Years is always a time for lists.  The top ten movies, greatest sporting events, biggest disasters, Hollywood divorces, things that made us feel good, things that made us feel bad etc.  So, inspired by my French Yogurt Cake, I would like to add my own top ten list- The Top Ten Things I like To Do in My Kitchen(with food).  #1 Make Cake Batter in my stand mixer (French Yogurt Cake with A Nutella Swirl) #2 Bake (bread, cakes, cookies, rolls, pies, muffins, scones) #3 Make salads (beets, arugula, butter lettuce, fresh herbs, shallots, champagne vinegar, hazelnuts)  #4 Use my Le Creuset Dutch Oven (short ribs,mushroom risotto, potato leek soup)  #5  Make Espresso and drink sparkling water #6 Make jams and jellies (Meyer lemon marmalade, vanilla scented quince jelly, drunken fig preserves) #7 Put Fruit in Bowls (apples, pears, lemons, oranges) #8 Make Notes on recipes in my copy of Around My French Table while participating in French Fridays with Dorie (<3) #9 Drizzle Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (missing garden fresh tomatoes) and #10 Roast Red Peppers (missing Summer).  Okay, now I feel better..thanks for listening.

Today I’m sharing an easy cake recipe that uses that last spoonful from the bottom of your Nutella jar.  I’m thinking of  all the goodies that we toss from our kitchens and pantries before January first and the official kick off to the diet season (may it be a short one!).  I realize that not everybody goes on a diet in the new year but for those of us who do I will be sharing a few more soup and salad recipes in January and above all I promise to keep  my baking on the lighter side.  I think that could be another list, top ten promises for 2013, will have to work on that one!



  1. Now you’ve really done it, Patty! ……………..Weakened my resolve to eat healthy and light! This looks amazing and my mouth is watering! Delightful!

  2. Love the list, I nodded intently as I read each one! More baked goods and salads, for sure…that is balance ;)

    This cake is calling my name, especially since I do believe I have just about 1/4 cup of Nutella left to scrape out of the jar.

    Happy New Year!

  3. Your list is perfect & so is that cake….
    I will be over soon with my plate and fork :-)
    Happy New Year.

  4. I love that making cake like this delicious one!) and making salad both made your top ten list :) I am also very very intrigued by this meyer lemon marmalade. Here’s to hoping we have another jam party soon! All the best to you and your gorgeous family in the new year!

  5. I love your top 10 list! What a lovely cake, that Nutella swirl is calling my name :).

  6. Yum this looks like a delicious cake to make especially with the Nutella in it, I’m with you I hope the diet season is short too!!

  7. Love your top 10 list!! Several of your picks would make it to my list! Your cake is gorgeous! Love yogurt cake…simple, delicious, and so very tasty….especially with that nutella! Happy New Year, Patty!!

  8. Patty, this cake is perfect, can’t wait to make it. As for New Years, I always have lists going of things I need to do, want to do, should do. I think I just need to change the type of list I write then maybe I’ll get more done. You’re list would be a good one to copy!

  9. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    #5 is my favorite;)LOVE this cake. Simple and wonderful and would love a slice with a hot cup of tea now. xx

  10. You can’t go wrong with nutella! The yogurt cake looks fabulous!

    I wish you a happy and healthy new year!

  11. Compared to the birthday cake i made for my oldest this week, your cake looks like health food! Love the swirl of Nutella batter…so pretty. And i’m missing the summer produce, too…especially after the second measurable snowfall of the week! Happy New Year!

  12. Love your list! This cake looks and sounds simply supreme! Oh how I could go for a summer tomato with good olive oil drizzled all over. Happy New Year Patty! Look forward to hanging out soon! :-)

  13. The cake is gorgeous – the Nutella swirl sounds perfect. Great Top 10 list!

  14. Patty, a wonderful list and a very lovely looking cake that my kids would adore, I am sure!

  15. Too funny, love your list Patty :) And this cake looks too good, so much so I would probably eat far too large of a slice :)

    Hope you had a lovely holiday, and a Very Happy New Year!

  16. Looks great, Patty! I love quick cakes like this for weeknight desserts. I’m avoiding list-making until I go back to work on the 2nd! LOL!

  17. Hi Patty, So nice to hear from you. I’ve missed you and your wonderful posts over the past several months…but am happy to be back. Your cake and photos look like the cover of a magazine…so inviting and beautiful. Just the kind of cake I need for this next week. Thanks for sharing. “See” you soon.

  18. I actually love lists – love reading them! It’s a shortcut to someone’s personality! And French yogurt cake – yum! I’ve made a loaf before and I think I ate the whole thing myself. Oy vey! Yogurt cake with Nutells swirl? Bad news…LOL! This cake is a beauty, Patty!

  19. Very soft….and very nice presented…..Auguri di un felice 2013

  20. You had me at nutella – this looks divine!

  21. I think I happen to have just about 1/4 cup left in my Nutella jar! What a pretty cake and it sounds like it would be perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. I am looking forward to your soup and salad recipes. I hope you and your family have a very happy new year, Patty!

  22. Hi Patty,
    Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Thanks for sharing your top ten. Right now at the top of my list would be a slice of your cake:)

  23. I would much rather eat an un-frosted cake any day and this one sounds wonderful! I loved how you’ve topped it with hazelnuts ;)

  24. That looks like a lovely post-holiday cake – decadent, but not over-the-top. Happy New Year!

  25. Um, I think you forgot number 11 on the list: Have more lunches with SPCookieQueen! He he. Happy New Years my dear!

  26. This looks lovely, Patty–the perfect after-holiday sweet. Happy new year to you!

  27. Simple things come out the best and I love your cake! It’s so simple yet it looks so good! I love what you do in your kitchen!

  28. Smile. This is going on my must-bake list. I love yogurt cakes…and I think the nutella swirl is brilliant, sweet friend. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I needed some culinary inspiration! I hope you are having a wonderful start to 2013.

  29. I like your list, Patty. :) Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

    I have no problem eating this cake after New Year. Love this!

    Happy New Year!

  30. PS…just had to pop back over and say, Go, Pack, Go!!! I have a feeling we won’t be advancing after the next game, but had to keep our friendly rivalry alive :)

  31. This cake looks beautiful, but I’m also looking forward to those soup and salad recipes!

  32. I’ve always seen yogurt cake on blogs, but I haven’t yet to taste or baked one myself. This sounds really wonderful with our favorite nutella in it. Thinking about it make my mouth water and imagining how fabulous it must be with a cup of tea in the afternoon… :)

  33. This is probably the best twist I´ve seen on this cake. The yummiest one for sure! Wonderful flavors Patty to end the year.

  34. Jocelyn says:

    I made this for brunch yesterday, and it is scrumptious. Thank you for a delicious recipe.

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