Vanilla Bean Yoghurt Cake with Mascarpone and Summer Berries

Delicious and easy to make, this soft and moist vanilla bean yoghurt cake will be ready in under 10 minutes!

Just top with creamy mascarpone and sweet berries for the ultimate summertime cake.


Yoghurt Cake:

  • 200g golden caster sugar 
  • 1 large egg
  • 80ml vegetable or coconut oil (melted or cooled)
  • 2 tsps vanilla bean paste
  • 230ml good quality vanilla yoghurt (ideally full fat, but fat-free is fine)
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda


  • 200ml double cream
  • 150g mascarpone
  • 60g icing sugar + 1 tsp for sprinkling on top of the cake
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 400g mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Large berries chopped in half.)
  • Small bunch of fresh thyme leaves

*Allergens highlighted in bold


Step 1

Line a square 20cm microwave-safe baking dish with baking parchment.

In a bowl, whisk together the caster sugar, egg, vegetable oil and vanilla bean paste until combined. Stir in the yoghurt, then fold in the flour and bicarbonate of soda.

Step 2 

Transfer to the prepared dish and place in the Microwave oven at setting 600 watts. Cook for 7 minutes, checking the cake regularly to ensure it doesn’t overflow.

Step 3 

After 7 minutes, check whether the cake is made by inserting a skewer. If it comes out clean, it’s cooked. If not, cook in one-minute increments until cooked throughout (it should take no more than 10 minutes). The cake will also be firm on top once cooked but still look moist.

Remove from the Microwave oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes.

Step 4

Meanwhile, whisk the cream until thick. Add in the mascarpone, icing sugar and vanilla bean paste and whisk again until combined. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

Step 5

Transfer the cake onto a serving plate and remove the lining paper. Let the cake cool until just a little warm, then spoon on the mascarpone mixture. Sprinkle on the summer berries and dust with icing sugar. Arrange a few strands of fresh thyme on top and serve warm, cut into squares.

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