Cardamom Yogurt Tea Cake

This simple tea cake recipe is moist, lightly sweet & nicely spiced. It's a divine afternoon treat, especially with dollops of yogurt & in-season fruit.

Cardamom Yogurt Tea Cake Recipe

I hope you’re all having a great weekend! Ours has been pretty chill – we went to the farmers market, Jack played video games, and I did some baking. I’m excited to share this lovely little tea cake recipe with you because I think it’s the perfect Sunday afternoon treat. It’s lightly sweet and nicely spiced. The yogurt makes it tangy while giving it a nice puffed up look. It’s moist with that perfect cake-y crumb that you want in a quick bread.

I’ve been snacking on it all week reflecting on the lovely trip that inspired it…

Cardamom Yogurt Tea Cake Recipe

One of the great perks of my job is when I get to visit new, picturesque places and meet farmers who so passionately live for their work. I got this in spades when Stonyfield invited me to Vermont to visit some of their partner organic family farms and to hear from their co-founder Gary Hirschberg. I’m not sure what I expected, but after spending two days meeting with the farmers and hearing Gary’s mission of (basically) converting our whole planet to organic, I left truly inspired.

Trip to Vermont

I was delighted to see that these farms are true family farms, as Stonyfield doesn’t actually own their own dairy farms. In order to work with Stonyfield, these farms have to be organic, which basically means that the cows predominantly eat grass from the pasture and are not exposed to pesticides, antibiotics, or other chemicals. Being organic is not only best for the animals and the land, these farmers spoke passionately about the benefits to their families as well.

I heard one story of a farmer who converted to organic because he had a lightbulb moment when he realized that he could not come home from a day’s work in the field and hug his children without stopping in a shed to wash off pesticide residues first. Now that his farm is organic, his kids can ride on the tractor with him and spend time helping out, hopefully inspiring a future generation of responsible farming.

Trip to Vermont

We all loved was petting the cows! It was so cute that they responded like little puppies – they love the attention! It was a joy to see the farmers’ love for their cows – one was reluctant to switch to organic BECAUSE she loves them so much. She was afraid that her cows would get sick without antibiotics, but she was happy to discover that when they were in a healthy ecosystem, with grass to eat and a pasture to roam in, the cows simply didn’t get as sick. Someone else said that they paid more for their dog’s vet bills than for keeping their cows healthy after switching to organic.

Trip to Vermont

Of course, we had the pleasure of enjoying meals full of great organic produce every day of the trip. Pictured above was a wonderful farm lunch at Green Wind Farm, where we had one of many meals sitting around the table listening to Gary’s stories of starting Stonyfield and his passion for organics.

Trip to Vermont

The final dinner was on the hilltop of Philo Ridge Farm at sunset, hosted by Blue Apron‘s Culinary Team. The evening kicked off with hors d’oeuvres, Blue Apron wines, and a tour of Philo Ridge. Then we had an amazing, interactive farm-inspired dinner. The chefs spoke about their sourcing philosophy, namely the emphasis on seasonality and sustainability. It was fun to chat with Blue Apron’s head chef John Adler about their processes for creating and testing recipes that are fun (and educational!) for people to make. Their dedication to bringing people around the table with an incredible meal experience was so apparent, especially with details like decorating the table with fresh herbs as the centerpiece so we could DIY garnish our dishes – I may steal this idea for my next dinner party!

We ended the meal with the cake that inspired the tea cake recipe below, and took home samples and instructions for a special sunflower seed granola recipe. All in all, an amazing way to end my trip to beautiful Vermont.

If you’re looking for more ideas for sweet treats, try this lemon cake, this carrot cake, or my favorite banana bread.

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Cardamom Yogurt Tea Cake
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This moist, light sweet tea cake recipe is a divine afternoon treat or summer dessert. Serve it with dollops of yogurt and your favorite seasonal fresh fruit.
Recipe type: Dessert, snack
Serves: 1 loaf
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • ¾ cup Stonyfield Organic Plain Whole Milk Yogurt, more for serving
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • fresh fruit, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray an 8x4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and salt.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together the cane sugar and lemon zest. Then add the yogurt, olive oil, eggs, and vanilla and whisk to combine.
  4. Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Don’t overmix.
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake 40 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Serve with dollops of yogurt and fresh fruit.
This freezes well! I like to slice it before freezing so that I can have individual servings throughout the week,

This post is in partnership with Stonyfield Organic and Blue Apron. All thoughts, photos, and experiences are my own!


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  1. This tea cake is so lovely and I really appreciate hearing more about it’s inspiration. 😉

  2. Gail

    I am inclined to call his breakfast! : )

    • Gail

      this, not his (sorry)

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Ha, I ate a slice for breakfast every day last week 🙂

  3. stephanie comstock

    Do you think this recipe would work using coconut milk yogurt?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I haven’t tried it so I’m not sure! I think it might just not rise quite as much.

  4. Natalie from

    I just love your photographs! So beautiful. Looks absolutely delicious and I love the combination of cardamom and yogurt. YUM!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      thank you! The spices are so yummy together 🙂

  5. Gaby Dalkin

    Nothing better than a cherry dessert in the summer!

  6. Bree from

    Making this today! Is it necessary to add the almond flour?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      it is! The cake would be more dry if you used another type of flour in it’s place. It’s delicious!

      • Bree

        Thank you! Will go buy some Bob’s red mill 🙂 Love all your recipes!

        • Jeanine Donofrio

          thank you! I love almond flour, I think you’ll get good use of it :). Hope you like the cake!

  7. Stephanie

    Hi, I really want to make this, I like how simple it is. But my husband has a nut allergy. Is there anything I could use in place of almond flour?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Stephanie, oh no, the almond flour is so delicious 🙂 I haven’t tried with another type of flour so I can’t really say for sure but I think just more AP or whole wheat pastry flour might work.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Soma, I’m glad you liked the cake! You can reduce the salt to 1/4 teaspoon if you like.

      • Soma

        Thank you for your reply, I will try that.

  8. Jen from

    This recipe sounds delicious! I normally only have greek-style yogurt on hand – if I used that, should I thin it out slightly with milk? Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Jen, yes, the plain Stonyfield yogurt is a lot thinner than greek yogurt. Thinning it out a bit should work, I can’t see why not(?), but I also haven’t tried it to know a specific ratio. Hope that helps, let me know how it goes?

  9. Hailey

    I have a family member with an egg allergy. I know you can sometimes substitute eggs, bananas or vinegar. Do you have any thoughts on modifying this recipe to accommodate his allergy?

  10. satpreet from

    i took a risk and made this recipe gluten free just by subbing the all-purpose flour for 1/2 cup fine grain brown rice flour and 1/2 cup sweet sorghum flour, and it worked beautifully! everyone at the barbecue loved it.

    thank you for another great recipe. <3

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