Orange Yogurt Pound Cake

Last week was my first time – ever -  to make a pound cake.

I know! What in the world was I thinking waiting that long?


But this wasn’t just any pound cake.

I wanted it to be the cake version of my very favorite winter citrus before they were out of season: cara cara oranges.

Have you ever had cara cara oranges? Nick and I fell in love with them last winter, and I’ve been stocking up on them the last few weeks after seeing them in stores again.

They taste like oranges, but they look like grapefruits once you cut into them – the actual fruit is pink inside! 


When I started researching pound cake recipes, I knew I could make one that was not only full of flavor but that was also healthier than some of the recipes I saw.

My secret weapon in this cake?

Stonyfield Whole Milk Yogurt.


The yogurt gives the cake a soft but dense crumb and helps keep it from drying out, along with the sugar syrup and glaze.


Even better?

This cake can be mixed up in less than 10 minutes and only needs one mixing bowl. And less dirty dishes is always a plus in my kitchen.


If this won’t brighten up a cold winter day, I’m not sure what will.

Orange Yogurt Pound Cake

  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • zest from 2 Cara Cara oranges
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line loaf pan with parchment paper or grease and flour pan.
  3. Whisk together the yogurt, sugar, eggs, zest, and vanilla.
  4. Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Fold the oil into the batter.
  6. Pour into loaf pan.
  7. Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. While the cake cools, heat the 1/3 cup of sugar with the juice until the sugar is dissolved. Once the cake has cooled about 10 minutes, pour the juice mixture over the top and let it soak in.
  9. Remove the cake after a few minutes and let it finish cooling on a rack.
  10. Mix together the powdered sugar, juice, and vanilla and pour the glaze over the cake.


28 Responses to “Orange Yogurt Pound Cake”

  1. #
    Erika @ FoodFitnessFun — February 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Yummy! Seems like you’ve been liking recipes with oranges a lot lately. Not that I mind or anything…delicious. :-D

  2. #
    Clarice — February 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I bought some whole milk Stoneyfield yogurt to make the cheesecakes you posted a few days ago. The yogurt is amazing; I never thought a little fat could make such a big difference; it’s so creamy.

  3. #
    Hope — February 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I’ve seen cara cara oranges in the supermarket but I never knew what the difference was with them. I am definitely going to get one when I go shopping this weekend! I have been obssessed with oranges lately. Your orange yogurt pound cake looks absolutely delicious! Oh and that glaze! I can only imagine how incredible it tastes. I definitely need to make this! :)

  4. #
    Sarah R — February 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I’ve never made pound cake either. Of all the things I have made. And I can’t say that I’ve ever had a cara cara orange…

  5. #
    Green Dog Wine — February 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    YESSSS! :) This is an orange recipe I can get behind! :) I have a slight obsession with all things citrus – I think this may be my “baking project of the week” this week!

  6. #
    Stephanie @cookinfanatic — February 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    These looks absolutely delicious! I’m drooling at my computer… not even normal is it? Can you send one of those down the road to Richmond please ;)

    • Stephanie @cookinfanatic replied: — February 25th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      *This, not these. Apparently my grammar is subpar this morning haha.

    • admin replied: — February 25th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      I would, but we already ate it all! :)

  7. #
    Tammy — February 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Will you please open an online bakery?

    • admin replied: — February 25th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      Oh man, that would be fun! :)

  8. #
    Shannon — February 25, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    ooh, i fell in love with cara cara’s last year too! only picked them up once this year and was a little disappointed… Love this pound cake, those are my kind of modifications!

  9. #
    Donna — February 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Love love love this recipe, i’m going to have to try it out stat! :)

  10. #
    cathyb.@brightbakes — February 25, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    beautiful! And such a welcome shot of brightness at this time of the year…
    cathy b.

  11. #
    Meghan@travelwinedine — February 25, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    This looks amazing! I made a maple yogurt pound cake last week, and I am still trying to figure out why it was dry. I will have to try this recipe.

  12. #
    Kelly — February 25, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    I’ve actually never made a pound cake either. I guess I’ve only tried it from a bakery or a grocery store. I’m curious how the taste compares with the yogurt – does it taste poundcake like or more like a quick bread? I guess I’ve always associated pound cake with a strong buttery flavor and since this recipe has no butter, I’m curious.

    • admin replied: — February 26th, 2011 at 11:24 pm

      Me too – the only pound cake I had tried before this was the usual butter-filled recipe, but this still had a great flavor! If you tasted this right beside one made with butter, you might be able to tell a difference, but because of all the citrus, I think that flavor is what comes through the most.

  13. #
    Erica — February 25, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I’ve never had a cara cara orange- but they look awesome! I actually thought- wow, those look like grapefruits (and then I read what you wrote haha). That yogurt is fabulous. Josh couldn’t stop raving about it. Such a delicious creation!

  14. #
    Jessica @ How Sweet — February 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I recently fell in love with pound cake. This looks delicious!

  15. #
    Biz — February 26, 2011 at 4:17 am

    I’ve actually never made a pound cake either – but I don’t bake much – you may have changed my mind!

    Have a great weekend Brandi!

  16. #
    Christie {Nourishing Eats} — February 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    OH man, I saw that last picture on facebook yesterday and knew that you had something yummy up your sleeve!

  17. #
    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — February 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Terrific pictures! Looks yummy.

  18. #
    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — February 26, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Way to rock your first pound cake! Good work! I found your blog through Oh She Glows, and it’s just fantastic! I went through a couple of your recent posts, I’m totally loving the yogurt biscuits – it’s such an original idea. I bet they were so creamy and delicious! I’ve added you to my reader, can’t wait for more great recipes :)


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