Moroccan-Style Yogurt Cake – Grain Free

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This Moroccan-Style Yogurt Cake is based on the classic Meskouta but without grains and nuts, and the cake is naturally gluten-free. This simple custard-like cake is made using only five ingredients plus fresh Blueberries and Moroccan spices. 

What does this yogurt cake taste like?

First, I know you will love it! Honestly, this custard-like extra light yogurt cake is mildly flavoured with Moroccan spices such as cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.

The sweetness comes from pure maple syrup and fresh blueberries. So this grain-free cake is made without refined sugar and grains and is naturally gluten-free. 

The Greek yogurt is what gives the cake a creamy taste with less saturated fats than if you would use butter.

Are you intrigued by Moroccan cuisine? Why not check out our complete list of gluten-free Moroccan recipes.

 

a slice missing from a yogurt cake

 

What makes this Moroccan-style cake so light?

The recipe includes eggs and unsweetened plain Greek yogurt to keep this cake light and creamy. And to give it a smooth custard-like consistency, I added tapioca starch. 

When to serve yogurt cake?

Have a slice to start your day. Everything in this recipe may be considered breakfast food: yogurt, eggs and healthy blueberries.

However, I often serve this Moroccan-style cake as a dessert with extra berries, vanilla ice cream and a light dusting of powdered sugar. YUM!

 

one slice of Moroccan-style yogurt cake on a plate

 

Is grain-free yogurt cake healthy?

Absolutely! The recipe includes yogurt, eggs, tapioca and fresh blueberries. The spices also play a role in health because each one is rich in phytochemicals, which are healthful plant chemicals.

 

Greek yogurt on a spoon

 

Greek yogurt vs regular yogurt

Both yogurts are fermented dairy products, but Greek yogurt is strained to make it much thicker and tangier than regular yogurt.

In addition, Greek yogurt contains about half the carbs and sugar of regular yogurt and almost twice the protein.

 

baked grain free dessert with blueberries

 

here is how to make this Moroccan yogurt cake

Easiest cake recipe EVER! You will love this grain-free sweet treat because you only need one bowl! So super easy cleanup.

To start, whisk tapioca with the spices. If you don’t do this first, the spices are harder to mix with the eggs and yogurt later.

Then, add the eggs, maple syrup and vanilla and mix to combine. The batter will be thin.

 

thin batter with a whisk

 

Lastly, add the yogurt and mix until the thin batter is smooth.

Pour the batter into a prepared high-sided cake pan, top with fresh blueberries and bake. You will need a pan with high sides because the cake will rise in height.

Once the cake is baked and cooled, it will deflate and form a perfect round cake shape.

 

baked cake with blueberries in a cake pan

 

You must chill this cake for a minimum of 4 hours. But I always refrigerate it overnight and have it ready for breakfast. I found it gave the yogurt cake the best texture making it easy to slice.

If I am serving this yogurt cake for breakfast, I don’t add any additional toppings. However, if you prefer more sweetness, you can dust it with powdered sugar or a drizzle of maple syrup.

When I serve this Moroccan cake for dessert, I will make it extra special by topping the cake with fresh blueberries, lime zest, vanilla ice cream and a few mint leaves.

 

top view of gluten free Moroccan cake

 

How to line a round pan with parchment paper?

We all know that parchment paper is slippery and won’t stay in place, especially in round pans.

There is an easy way to line your pan using parchment paper. First, measure a piece of parchment paper large enough to hang over the pan’s sides.

Place the paper under warm running water, scrunch it and gently squeeze out the water. The paper will become soft and wrinkled and easy to use for lining any shape of pan.

Substitutions;

In this yogurt cake recipe, there are only a few ingredients, but you can substitute the following;

Unsweetened full-fat plain Greek yogurt – gluten-free, sweetened yogurt (do not add a sweetener if using sweetened yogurt), low-fat yogurt (the cake will not be as creamy tasting)

Tapioca starch – gluten-free cornstarch, potato starch (not flour and use only 1/4 cup), do not use arrowroot starch. It will not create the same texture.

Pure maple syrup – honey, agave, sugar

Spices – if you don’t have all the spices, you can use gluten-free allspice or only cinnamon or nutmeg.

Vanilla – pure maple extract, lemon extract

Blueberries – any berry, grapes, pineapple, peaches, apricots and oranges will work. All the fruit must be fresh and cut to about a blackberry size or smaller.

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. Tapioca starch
  • 1/8 tsp. of each GF ground ginger, ground cardamom, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and sea salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
  • 650 g (2 2/3 cups) unsweetened plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • Optional garnish; top with extra berries, mint leaves, lime zest and dusting of powdered sugar.
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    Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F
  • Line a 7 x 4-inch with high sides round cake pan like this one with parchment paper. *See the post on how to line round pans with parchment paper
  • In a large bowl, whisk together tapioca and spices
  • Add eggs, maple syrup and vanilla and whisk until just combined. Add yogurt and whisk until smooth
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and scatter the blueberries evenly over the top
  • Bake for 70 minutes. The cake will rise and may crack a little, don't worry. Once it cools, it will deflate and form a perfect cake.
  • Let it cool completely in the cake pan. Then, cover with plastic wrap and chill for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight before serving!
  • To serve, carefully lift the cake using the parchment paper and slide it off onto a cake plate
  • Top with fresh berries, mint leaves, lime zest and powdered sugar if you wish
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