Leftovers Citrus Yogurt Cake

This is such a satisfying cake to make as you can mix and match with whatever you need to use up in your fridge. I had the idea when some coconut yogurt I had was going off and found it actually gives the cake such an interesting texture. If you don’t have desiccated coconut, you could also use ground almonds or use ½ a cup more of flour to replace it. Regarding the use of buckwheat flour - don’t worry if it turns out quite dense! This cake will stay moist due to the yogurt and citrus juices and will nicely keep in an airtight container for up to 4 days.


1 cup of buckwheat flour (or regular wheat flour if you aren’t gluten-intolerant)

½ cup of desiccated coconut

½ Cup plain yogurt, Greek yogurt or coconut/soy yogurt (whatever you need to use up!)

 ½ Cup melted coconut oil (or butter if you aren’t dairy-free)

 ½ cup of coconut sugar (caster sugar is also fine!)

2 tbsp of runny honey (if you don't have honey just use 3/4 cup of sugar)

 2 eggs

 2 tsp of baking powder

½ tsp of salt

zest of half a grapefruit, orange or lemon

juice from 1 lemon or ½ an orange


1.     Preheat the oven to 190ºC and grease a 21cm / 8 inch spring form tin. (A tin with a removable base and sides).

2.     Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl – the flour, baking powder, salt and desiccated coconut.

3.     In another bowl beat the eggs, yogurt, sugar, honey, zest and juice. Once well combined, then add the coconut oil – if you add it too early on it will solidify. If you are using butter, then you can add butter much earlier, so beat it with the sugar and eggs etc.

4.     Add the dry mixture and stir until well combined, then spoon the mixture into the cake tin, pop it in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

5.     Remove from the oven and leave it in the tin for about 15 minutes to completely cool before removing it and enjoying a slice with a cup of tea.

6.     If you want to make it more of a drizzle-type cake, then pour the drizzle over it as soon as it comes out of the oven – that will keep it really moist.