Baking with Becca: Cooking Outside the Box... with Apples

By Rebecca M. RSS Wed, April 14, 2021
Becca wearing a mask Becca at Whitman Library

Today at Whitman Library we are baking Apple Yogurt Cake with a Cinnamon Streusel in the middle and on top!

Being a baker, I had to start with my strengths. The community box that I got from Christ Church South Philly included apples and yogurt, and I had the rest of the supplies on hand. I researched online and found a suitable, simple, easy recipe on


  • Cooking spray or olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups whole regular or Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ⅔ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice, bottled
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ pounds apples   
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • A pinch of freshly ground nutmeg  

Ingredients for Streusel in a small bowl

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • ½ cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
Apple Cake Ingredients


  1. Combine yogurt, sugar, olive oil, lemon juice, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl and mix to combine. (Image below)
  2. Chop the apples into squares and add them to the bowl.
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon into a small bowl, no need for mixing.
  4. Add all of the dry ingredients in step #3 to the wet ingredients in step #1, and mix until fully combined and there is no flour left.
  5. Pour half of the batter into the pan. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon-brown sugar mixture on top, dropping it on the batter in small lumps. Spread the rest of the batter over the top, then sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon-brown sugar. (Image below)
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Bake 30 minutes, rotate the pan, bake 30 more minutes, and then check with a toothpick until it comes out clean.
Steps one and five from instructions above


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Looks delicious!
Rachel S. - Philadelphia
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Looks lovely
thapelo kalaben - philadephia
Wednesday, April 14, 2021