Serves 6-8 generously

So this is what happens when you have some yoghurt looking lonely in the fridge and you need to make a birthday cake for a friend who eats egg-free. Yay for yoghurt!  I saw Brian’s orginal recipe and decided to give it  a whirl in the thermie with great results. The cake is deliciously dense and has a lovely chocolatey flavour.‘Twas a shame to let all that good yoghurt go to waste, so I used it for the topping too. I love the way the sourness of the yoghurt balances the sweetness of the cake but if you prefer something sweeter, some chocolate buttercream or a smooth ganache would work equally as well.


50g butter

200g raw sugar

225g plain yoghurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

250g plain flour

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

3 tablespoons cocoa


1/2 cup Greek yoghurt

2 tablespoons cocoa

2 tablespoons sugar (or sweetner of choice)

sprinkles (if desired)

How to

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C. Grease and line the base of  a deep 20cm cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Mill sugar for 10 seconds on speed 9.
  3. Add the butter and chop for 5 seconds on speed 8. 
  4. Insert butterfly and mix for up to 2 minutes on speed 3-4.
  5. Add the yoghurt and vanilla extract  to TM bowl and mix on speed 4  for  15 seconds. Scrape down lid and bowl.
  6. Add the flour, bicarb and cocoa. Mix for  15  seconds on speed 4,
  7. The mixture should be well blended. If necessary, scrape down lid and sides one more time and whizz for 5 seconds on speed 4. The mixture will be very thick. Use the spatula to put  the mixture into the prepared tin, smooth the top and bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. If the cake is browning too quickly, cover with foil.
  8. Allow cake to cool in tin for at least 30 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  9. When cake is completely cool, decorate with yoghurt frosting.
Simply add all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined. Spread onto cooled cake.

Other info

Prep time:  2 minutes 30 seconds      Cooking time: 30-40  minutes 


Wednesday Words of Wisdom – Tough

by Sammie on August 20, 2014

in Blog

In less than 11 days I will have run my dream come true. I will have completed the Disneyland Half Marathon. There will be a Mickey Mouse medal to be won, but for now there is training to be done. I’m so excited about the trip, the training not so much.

Last weekend I clocked up a tidy 15km. It was so hard but so worth it. While I was huffing and puffing and pounding the pavement, I saw this.

It’s the truth. Running is like life. Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.


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The Liebster Awards 2014

August 18, 2014

As if life couldn’t get any more exciting, last week I got an award. A real life virtual award. The uber awesome Jim and Christina of Mr and Mrs Romance nominated me for the Liebster Award. The Liebster award is a blogging award  given to bloggers by bloggers. It’s like the Oscars without the red [...]

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Thermomix Berry and White Chocolate Muffins

August 14, 2014

These muffins are super easy and super delicious and can be whipped up at a moment’s notice.  Best of all, they’re easy to make without a Thermomix too. You can find the regular recipe here. Makes 12 Ingredients 300g self-raising flour 165g  firmly packed brown sugar 1 egg 185g  buttermilk 125g vegetable oil 100g frozen [...]

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom – Robin Williams

August 13, 2014

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The A to Z of Me

August 12, 2014

I first saw this post over at Woogsworld and thought it such fun, I wanted to play along too. So did Sonia at Sonia Styling,  Jackie at Hippie Mumma and Annette at I give you the verbs. Of course, I’m a bit late to the party and all but better late than never! A… If you were [...]

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August 11, 2014

Serves 4 This recipe is  cheap as chips, easy as pie and humble yet hearty. The red wine gives it a touch of sophistication and it’s so flavoursome, even the most ardent carnivore would find it hard to miss the meat. Enjoy all the yumminess! Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, halved and sliced [...]

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom – Hello

August 6, 2014

In the last two weeks we’ve said goodbye forever to four people, some family, and some friends who were like family. Death leaves me emotionally empty and all out of words. I wish there was something I could say or do to make it all better, but I can’t. But you know what? As sad [...]

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Thermomix Orange and Sultana Cake

August 5, 2014

Serves 6-8 generously I’ve got that fruity feeling with this awesome orange cake. It’s fast, it’s fabulous and it’s fruity.  This is an Annabel Langbein recipe that I converted to the Thermomix so if you don’t have a thermie, you can find the original recipe here. I’ve made this cake a trillion times (or thereabouts) [...]

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