Yoghurt Cake with Sangria Poached Pears

Yogurt Cake with Sangria Poached Pears

Sangria and cake, they are not two words that you would immediately think of belonging together, but let me tell you the combination is delicious. I’d first spotted the recipe for this Yoghurt Cake with Sangria Poached Fruits in Delicious Simply The Best some time ago. And the other day I finally decided to make it. I am so glad I did because honestly, it’s divine.

While the cake itself doesn’t look that exciting, it’s the pairing of this simple light, but beautifully moist cake with the Sangria Poached Pears that really take this cake to another level. The beautifully infused and soft pears are imbued with a beautiful red tinge from the wine and the flavours of the vanilla, lemon and orange rind.  As this cake is not overly sweet I think makes it a perfect candidate to serve at the end of a dinner party.

I did make a few changes to the recipe though. For the cake I substituted 100g of the flour for almond meal, I used raw caster sugar in place of white caster sugar to add a bit more depth to the flavour, and I replaced the sunflower oil for olive oil. The original recipe also called for a mixture of fruits to be poached in the Sangria mixture, however for my version I just used pears and I also reduced the amount of red wine called for in the original recipe, as 750ml of red wine seemed like a lot for the size of the cake.  I’m really happy with the end result, and will definitely be making this cake again.

Finally, I’d like to congratulate Narelle R who was the lucky winner of the Kitchenware Direct Ice Cream Maker giveaway! Congratulations Narelle and enjoy your new ice cream maker which will be on it’s way to you soon.

Yogurt Cake with Sangria Poached Pears

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Yoghurt Cake with Sangria Poached Pears
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Adapted from Valli Little's Delicious Delicious: Simply the Best
Serves: 8
  • 280g of Greek Yoghurt
  • 220g of raw caster sugar
  • 80ml of olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g of plain flour
  • 100g of almond meal
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1½ tsp of baking powder
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 300 ml of red wine
  • 4 firm, but ripe pears, peeled and quartered
  • ⅓ cup of sugar
  • ½ vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
  • peeled rind of ½ a lemon
  • peeled rind of ½ an orange
  1. Preheat the oven to 170 celsius (340 Fahrenheit) and grease a 20cm spring form cake pan and line with baking paper.
  2. Combine the yoghurt and sugar in a large bowl and whisk to combine before adding the eggs. Beat well between each addition. Sift in the flour, baking powder and baking soda, and add the almond meal and stir through. Finally add the zest and mix to combine.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake for 45 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan before removing.
  4. While the cake is cooking place the pears, wine, sugar, vanilla bean and seeds and rinds in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over a medium low heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the pears are tender. Remove from the heat and allow to infuse for 30 minutes. Serve the pears warm or chilled with the yoghurt cake.

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  1. Simone March 6, 2012  5:29 pm Reply

    Sangria and cake: now there's a combination I love!

  2. Rosa March 6, 2012  5:32 pm Reply

    A delight! The cake looks wonderful and those poached pears must taste just divine.



  3. Meeta March 6, 2012  5:34 pm Reply

    Looks absolutely wonderful - I am really liking the Sangria poached pears here! I would take sangria and cake anytime!

    • delicieux March 8, 2012  12:10 pm Reply

      hehe me too :D It's a delicious combination and it will definitely be making a regular appearance in my kitchen.

  4. Sukaina March 6, 2012  5:43 pm Reply

    Yay....I can finally comment! Can't comment on the pears as I don't drink but great healthy looking cake! Love cakes that are moist enough that no frosting is needed!

  5. Daisy@Nevertoosweet March 6, 2012  8:39 pm Reply

    Ohh delicious! This looks like a very moist and yummy cake :) I've never thought of combining yoghurt and sangria together but hey if you put it in a cake I'm sure it'll work just fine!

  6. Lisa March 6, 2012  8:45 pm Reply

    Your cake looks absolutely beautiful, and the sangria poached pears are genius!

    • delicieux March 8, 2012  11:57 am Reply

      Aww thanks Anna :) I do have a little obsession with cakes. Not sure why, but they always make me so happy. Especially delicious ones like this.

  7. Tina@flourtrader March 6, 2012  10:24 pm Reply

    I really like the changes you made to this cake, especially the use of almond meal. The pairing of the wine poached pairs does sound amazing. I love fruit and cake, but had not considered using wine in a compote or poached fruit to go with it. Delicious post!

    • delicieux March 8, 2012  11:56 am Reply

      Thanks Tina :D I hadn't considered using wine with cake either, but it's absolutely divine and I will do it again.

  8. Jennifer | Mother Thyme March 7, 2012  12:49 am Reply

    This cake looks lovely! I love the combination of flavors and poached pears, delicious!

  9. sarah March 7, 2012  1:13 am Reply

    Sangria poached pears?! And cake?! I'm sold- this sounds fantastic!

  10. Denise March 7, 2012  4:02 am Reply

    What a great idea to combine sangria, pears and yogurt in a cake. I love all the seperate ingredients and I think they must be delicious together!

  11. Erin@TheFoodMentalist March 7, 2012  5:05 am Reply

    this cake sounds delicious & I love the idea of sangria poached pears. Yum!!

  12. Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 7, 2012  6:56 am Reply

    Poached pears sound like the perfect topping! I love any cake with yogurt and citrus.

  13. JJ @ 84thand3rd March 7, 2012  12:24 pm Reply

    What are you talking about - sangria and cake sound like two things that absolutely must go together ;) It all sounds fab, I love poached pears!

  14. Lisa H March 7, 2012  2:50 pm Reply


  15. Claire @ Claire K Creations March 7, 2012  5:30 pm Reply

    I am so drawn to any cake recipe with yoghurt in it at the moment. I love the texture it gives the cake. Sangria-soaked pears sound amazing. I'd never have thought to use sangria like that.

  16. thelittleloaf March 7, 2012  7:31 pm Reply

    This is such an amazing idea - I can imagine the simple yoghurt cake and spiced sweet pears work beautifully together. Makes me think of long summer evenings after a day spent in the sun in Spain :-)

    • delicieux March 8, 2012  8:32 am Reply

      That sounds wonderful, I'd really love to go to Spain one day. :)

  17. Simply Tia March 8, 2012  2:59 am Reply

    Wow this yogurt cake is beautiful! Must be a great combination of flavors. Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe

  18. yummy supper March 8, 2012  4:16 am Reply

    Jennifer, Wow. Everything about your cake speaks to me. I bet the yogurt and the olive oil make for such a nice moist texture. And sangria pears... yum!

  19. Sara (Belly Rumbles) March 8, 2012  1:35 pm Reply

    Delicious looking cake, but those sangria poached pears would be a fantastic with a number of dishes.

    • delicieux March 8, 2012  3:00 pm Reply

      That they would Sara. Even on their own they are divine. :D

  20. Sneh | Cook Republic March 8, 2012  7:19 pm Reply

    Gorgeous gorgeous combination of flavours. I am trying this over the weekend! Thanks for the recipe Jen :-)

  21. RecipeChase March 9, 2012  3:23 am Reply

    Great combination! And great pictures! Love the color combination in the pictures.

  22. Choc Chip Uru March 9, 2012  4:57 am Reply

    What a wonderfully moist creation - must taste even better than it looks!
    And that is hard to beat :D

  23. Collette C March 9, 2012  7:15 am Reply

    MMM, sounds wonderfully devine!!!!...I wonder if instead of using Sangria you could poach the pears in Midori?

    • delicieux March 12, 2012  4:15 pm Reply

      Hi Collette :D

      I'm not sure how it would go with Midori, but let me know how it works out if you try it ;)

  24. Martyna@WholesomeCook March 9, 2012  9:23 am Reply

    Exciting or not, I adore yoghurt cakes and Sangria pears - now that's a good bonus!

  25. Ambika March 9, 2012  12:03 pm Reply

    Love the cake! And those poached pears look fantastic!

  26. Baker Street March 9, 2012  5:04 pm Reply

    Sangria poached pears sound divine Jen! Your cake looks spectacular.

  27. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 10, 2012  2:11 am Reply

    What a stunning cake, and a lovely combination of flavors. I bet the taste with the sangria poached pears is just divine, too. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe!

  28. Samantha March 11, 2012  10:41 am Reply

    I adore simple yogurt cakes, and paired with poached pears...I can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing!

  29. muppy March 11, 2012  3:44 pm Reply

    mmmm those poached pears.....


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