Thursday, September 25, 2008


3 Years of KitchenSpace!!

Yes, it's been 3 years since I started this blog and it is amazing how much fun I've been having here. I tried new recipes, created delicious dishes, and best of all made a lot of great friends!
Thanks to all that keep visiting my blog through the 3 years I have been around, I love each and all of you!!

The "blogversary" was actually on the 15th, but I barely had time to sit down and post these past few weeks, so I decided to celebrate today, as today Matheus is also turning 6 1/2 years old.
Yep, he likes celebrating "half-birthdays", so this is something special we do every year, and today we started the day with a yummy breakfast treat: cupcakes with yogurt "frosting", and some m&m's to keep the happines around!
The recipe for the cupcakes is one of my favorites, it is one of my favorite cake recipes, a super easy and simple Yogurt Cake that always come out tender and moist and make me happy any time I make it!
For the "frosting" part I use either greek yogurt or plain yogurt drained overnight. I then add a touch of vanilla to it and sweeten with either honey or sugar. Simple, but delicious and healthy nonetheless!
Matheus loves this "frosting", and I love it even more as he is getting something good for him and at the same time he is as happy as one could be. The only catch here is that since it is yogurt based, the "frosting" does not hold very well for too log, so it is best to spread it on top of the cupcake right before serving.
And as far as "half-birthdays" celebrations go, you can't get much better than this, cupcakes are always a nice treat, and this one is a healthy one to boost!!
Enjoy!
Ana

And here goes the Yogurt Cake recipe with my notes and some variation ideas I have tried and enjoyed. I have talked about it before (click here!), but am going to post again as it is such a versatile cake that it is worth repeating!

Yogurt Cake

1 cup plain yogurt (one 8oz container - use the yogurt container to measure up the rest of the ingredients)
½ cup oil
1 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon baking powder

In a blender put yogurt, oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla, whiz until everything is very well incorporated. Put the wet misture into a large bowl and to it add the flour and baking powder. Mix it all together with a whisk until the batter is uniform (do not overmix). Pour batter in a greased and floured bundt pan. Bake at 350F for about 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden on top and toothpick inserted comes out clean. (Since every oven is different, keep an eye on the cake after the first 30 minutes)

For Cupcakes, pour batter into muffin tins (greased or lined with cupcake liners) and bake at 350 for about 18 to 20 minutes, keep an eye on them after the 18 min. mark!

My notes and Variations:

You can use less sugar if you prefer, I sometimes use only 1/2 cup and that seems to be enough for us. Also, I have made it with half all-purpose and 1/2 whole wheat flour (the white or the pastry variety though) and it worked out beautifully!

You can add some flavorings you like to this cake too and make it:

- an orange cake: add orange zest to the batter!,

- a lemon cake: add lemon zest and/or lemon exctract to the batter.

- a marble cake: divide batter in two and add a couple tablespoons of cocoa powder to half of the batter. Pour the white batter into the prepared pan and then dollop the chocolate batter on top, use a butter knife to make "swirls" and gently mix the two colored batters for the marble effect.

- a blueberry cake: gently fold some fresh frozen blueberries to the batter (coat the berries first with a tbsp. flour just so they won't sink to the bottom).

- a chocolate chip cake: gently fold some mini (or regular) chocolate chips into the batter (or sprinkle them on top - if folding do the flour trick and coat the chips with some flour so they don't sink into the batter).

- an "anthill" cake: add chocolate sprinkles to the batter! This is one of our favorite cakes, my son loves it! When you cut the cake the chocolate sprinkles look like little ants, that's why the anthill name to this variation.

- add colorful sprinkles to the batter for a "carnival" effect

- Jam cupcakes: fill muffin tins half-way with batter, add a small dollop of your favorite Jam then cover with some more batter. Bake as directed for cupcakes and when they are done you will have some cupcakes with a surprise inside!

-Also, any of the flavorings and add ins works for cupcakes/muffins as well!

As you see, this cake is ultra versatile! You can flavor it or complement with some add ins and never make the same cake twice. It is a super easy cake to make and the end results is a very tender and moist cake that everyone is sure to enjoy!

Ana

14 comments:

laila said...

parabens ana!! e o bolo está uma gracinha...adoro massas com iogurte ficam tão amsi fofinahs e sabrosas né?

vida longa o kitchen space!!!bjs

Joe said...

Congratulations!

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Laurinha said...

Achei graça de que ele gosta de comemorar os meios anos...! é sempre bom comemorar, aliás, sem motivo nehum, né não!
Este bolinho, já fiz com sementinhas de cardamomo.... aiai fica uma delícia!
E parabéns pelo bolversário! E que venham muitos outros!
Beijinhos

Fer Guimaraes Rosa said...

Ana,

Many happy returns para o Kitchen Space! :-)
Que bolinho mais fofinho....
Parabens para o Matheus tambem. :-)

super beijo,

The Food Hunter said...

Happy Birthday!

aninharuy said...

Hermana:
Durante 3 anos passei por aqui para comentar suas receitas maravilhosas e hoje nao poderia ser diferente!
Espero que voce continue postando suas delicias por muitos e muitos anos! E ainda tenho o orgulho de dizer que ja experimentei algumas das receitas que voce posta aqui (dificil escolher a favorita.. mas tenho algumas! heheheh)!
Feliz aniversario para o blog! Parabens para ele e para vc, hermana, por levar adiante essa empreitada! heheh!
E, claro, como boa madrinha que sou... Feliz 6 anos e meio para o Matheus! Eu acho legal comemorar o meio ano tbm! Afinal, uma festa a mais nunca eh demais!!!!!!
Beijos, hermana!!!
Amo voce!

brisak said...

Querida Ana,

Parabens, parabens:)) Estou em falta, eu sei, mas nao tem sido a smooth ride:-/ MASSSSS...estamos akih pra celebrar e nao reclamar:))

PARABENS de novo, amiga, pois voce merece:))

Bjs

Ashley said...

Congrats! What a fun treat for your son, too!

Cláudia said...

Ana, parabéns pelos 3 anos, continue sempre!

bjs

Tem um mimo para vc, passa lá!
http://docesencontros.blogspot.com/2008/09/mais-um-selinho-direto-de-portugal.html

Paz said...

Happy Bloganniversary, Ana! I look forward to reading many posts! And happy 6 1/2 birthday to big boy Matheus. It's really cool to celebrate the 1/2 part. ;-) That cupcake surely looks yummy!

Paz

Leticia said...

Oi Ana,

Vou fazer essa receita. Eu faco muffin com Sour Cream que tambem deixa bem fofinho e moist, mas nunca fiz com iogurte.

Beijo, Leticia

Akemi said...

Ana, querida, com os preparativos para a mudança não tenho tido muito tempo para blogar mas não poderia deixar de dar meus parabéns por mais um ano do KS! Adoro suas receitas e já perdi as contas de quantas já fiz aqui em casa! Espero que continue sempre nos contagiando com sua alegria e nos inspirando com suas delícias saudáveis e nutritivas! Bjs

Cris said...

Ana! Tenho certeza que tinha comentado aqui... bem, então, pelo jeito este comentário está com quase um mês de atraso, mas eu quero dizer que você é muito especial, o jeito com que escreve contando sempre nos detalhes suas experiências é unique! Beijos!