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Light and Fluffy Layered Yogurt Crumb Cake

A simple recipe for making a deliciously light and fluffy yogurt cake consisting of a bottom cake layer, smooth and creamy center and crumbly cake topping.

Layered yogurt crumb cake cut into pieces and put on a plate.

Layered Yogurt Crumb Cake

The lovely tri-layered cake with a smooth yogurt filling is perfectly satisfying without being overly sweet. The golden crumble layer makes the cake-prep even quicker while also adding a nice texture to the top. It tastes wonderfully when warm and recently baked but also refreshing and cool after chilling in the fridge.

Why use yogurt for baking?

Using plain yogurt in homemade cakes keeps them moist, light and fluffy while also adding a bit of a tanginess. We’ve also used ogurt to make this sour cherry cake receipe as well as our perfectly marbled bundt cake.

Light and Fluffy Layered Yogurt Crumb Cake

Jane and Sonja
A simple dessert recipe for making a light and fluffy layered yogurt crumb cake.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Croatian


Cake Batter

  • 1 cup butter at room temperature (or 1 cup lard or ½ cup butter with ½ cup lard)
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 ¾ cup flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

Yogurt Filling

  • 4 egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 1.5 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 5 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice and lemon zest optional


Cake Batter

  • Mix together butter and sugars until well blended. Slowly add one egg yolk at a time and mix with a whisk.
  • Save the egg whites for the filling portion of the cake.
  • Mix flour and baking powder together separately and then combine with egg mixture. Mix all together on low speed with a cake mixer.
  • Divide batter in two parts.
  • Wrap and place one half in fridge. Place the other half place in the freezer.

Yogurt Filling

  • Beat 4 egg whites and pinch of salt on high speed. The egg whites have to be firm.
  • In a separate bowl, mix 1 ½ cups plain yogurt with 1 cup powdered sugar.
  • Add flour, vanilla sugar and lemon juice and lemon zest (optional) and powdered sugar to the yogurt mixture.
  • Fold in the egg whites with a spatula.


  • Remove dough from the fridge after 20 minutes, no longer or be too tough to roll.
  • Roll out on a floured surface on top of a sheet of parchment paper (roll out to about 9×13 size) and transfer onto a baking sheet along with the parchment paper.
  • Spread on the filling.
  • Break the frozen dough into crumbs over the filling. Alternatively, you can also shred the frozen dough over top.
  • Bake at 370F for 35 minutes.
Keyword cheesecake, yogurt
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