September 21, 2016

Granny Cake Francais...oui oui

So...I needed a little something  to brighten the day of one of our clients and dug outthis yummy French recipe I had tucked away. This is such an easy cake to bake for yourself or to give to someone else, and there is some fun history about this cake too.

The story is told that this simple recipe is one that grandmothers all over France are renowned for. The French name for the cake is actually Gâteaux de Mamie, which translated is: Granny Cake. What is so fun is the way these French grandmothers measured the ingredients – with yogurt jars!

In the past yogurt was mostly sold in little glass jars, (they are still available that way as well as in other containers) so the recipe starts out with one jar of yogurt...and the rest of the ingredients were measured in that same jar: two jars of sugar, 3 jars of flour, one jar of oil…etc. It turns out each jar holds one half cup, so it’s easy to translate the recipe to more classic cooking measurements.

  • ½ cup plain yogurt or Greek yogurt, (1 jar)
  • 1 cup jars granulated sugar , (2 jars)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, (3 jars)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • grated lemon zest, from 1 medium-size lemon
  • ½ cup sunflower, grape seed or canola oil, (1 jar)

  • ¾ cup (1½ jars) of powdered sugar to sprinkle on top
  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F (175˚C). Spray a 8-inch round cake pan with baking spray, rub inside surface of pan with a paper towel to cover evenly with the spray. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper and spray parchment paper lightly. Set aside
  2. In a large bowl, combine the yogurt, sugar, and eggs, stirring until well blended.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and zest, mixing to just combine.
  4. Add the oil and stir well. Don't worry, at first it will seem to separate, but keep stirring till smooth.
  5. Pour the batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the cake feels springy to the touch and a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake.
  7. Cool cake on a wire rack for 10 minutes; then turn it out of the pan onto the rack.

Stay Cozy, Carrie


Melinda said...

Sounds yummy!

Great story.

M : )

Debby said...

Mmmmmm sounds good.

Laurie Duncan said...

Sounds delicious! I may have to try that! I wish I had one of those little jars! :)

Diane Mars said...

Now that looks and sounds yummy!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It makes me want to make homemade yogurt and put it in little glass jars. Looks so tasty! Hugs!

Blondie's Journal said...

Wow! This looks so good! And doable! Thanks so much, Carrie!


Connie said...

Hi Carrie, it is so nice to meet you and thank you for visiting and following my blog. I do not know what is going on with blogger, but it has been refusing to let me follow any more blogs. I'm sure it is one of those annoying things that will fix it's self. I have added you to my favorites list. I can not believe your kitchen photos, even my husband commented that it looks a lot like ours. I love red, too, and have a vintage kitchen. Your cake looks amazing :)
Now I'm on to look at some of your other posts :)
Your new blogging sister, Connie :)

Regine Karpel said...


Vix said...

Thank you so much, Carrie! My Grandma used to make a cake just like this when I was a little girl (she was English, not French) and I've been hunting for a recipe that resembles it for years. xxx

Cranberry Morning said...

What a fun and interesting recipe! I'll have to wander around your blog some more. nice to meet you!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hello there Carrie, thanks for sharing this awesome cake recipe! I bet it tastes delicious. Thanks so much for your lovely visit to my blog. Have a wonderful day and weekend.

bj said...

Hello....thanks so much for visiting and following...I am following you right back and hoping we'll meet in the middle and you will give me a big piece of that French sure does look good. :)
I am adding my reds back into my house as fall is here and winter not far is a color that makes things look warm and cozy...

Sam I Am...... said...

Hi Carrie! You had me at the word "cozy" and then you added the word "cottage" and that is my present goal in life! LOL! I love recipes with a story and also ones that are tried and true. I'll be back and thank you for stopping by my blog!

Primitive Stars said...

Hello, thanks so much for your kind words and visiting my blog. I'm now a new follower of your sweet blog, love it!!!!! You have a very sweet fur baby, cute face.Blessings Francine.

Christine said...

It looks so good & put a smile on my face & I haven't even tried it!
thanks for sharing this and for your visit to my blog

Stephanie said...

Your blog is simply charming, sweet Carrie! I am very happy to be a new follower. Hugs! Stephanie-The Enchanting Rose

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