Kirbie's Cravings

4 Ingredient Creamy Lemon Yogurt Cake (No Flour, Eggs, Butter or Oil)

This lemon yogurt cake is so creamy and smooth. It is just four ingredients and doesn’t need flour, eggs, butter or oil. The cake is sweet, creamy and has a nice lemon flavor. It is an easy one-bowl recipe that can be made ahead of time for an event.
a slice of lemon yogurt cake on a plate.

I love baking with lemons and always try to make a lemon version of all of my desserts. This creamy lemon yogurt cake is soft and very creamy. It is similar to a cheesecake but made with yogurt instead.


  • Greek yogurt
  • Condensed milk
  • Lemon
  • Cornstarch

Greek yogurt: This cake is made with plain nonfat Greek yogurt. Make sure to use a brand that makes a very thick Greek yogurt. I like Fage and Kirkland brands. You don’t want to use a runnier Greek yogurt because it will affect the stability and texture of your cake.

Condensed milk: This cake is made with sweetened full fat condensed milk. Condensed milk sweetens the cake, acts as an egg substitute and also helps make the cake very creamy.

Lemon: You will need the zest and juice from one large lemon. Make sure not to leave out the zest. It adds a lot of the lemon flavor because you can’t add too much lemon juice to the batter.

Cornstarch: Cornstarch is used to help absorb the excess liquid in the batter.

Lemon Yogurt Cake Texture

This is not a traditional cake and will not have any cake crumb. It is more like a cheesecake. The texture will also differ depending on if you refrigerate it or not.

If you leave it at room temperature, the cake will have a very creamy and not fully set center, similar to a Basque burnt cheesecake. If you let it cool in the fridge, the cake will firm up and be more dense and smooth like American cheesecake. I prefer the creamy gooey center though I do think the sweetness and lemon flavor are stronger in the refrigerated version. When I am making it for myself, I usually leave it at room temperature. When I am serving it for guests, I refrigerate it so that it fully solidifies and is easier to cut and serve.
a slice of cake with a fork.

How to Make Lemon Yogurt Cake

The yogurt and condensed milk are first whisked together. The cornstarch is then sifted and whisked in. Finally, the lemon juice and zest are stirred in. The batter is then ready to go in a baking pan and ready to be cooked. This cake can be cooked in the air fryer or the oven.

I prefer the air fryer version because it will give the cake a nice caramelized surface. The cake in the photos was cooked in the air fryer. The cake can also be baked in the oven. The texture of the cake will be the same but the cake will remain white in appearance and won’t caramelize on the surface.
a whole lemon yogurt cake on a serving plate.

More Lemon Recipes

4 Ingredient Creamy Lemon Yogurt Cake

Servings: 8 slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
This lemon yogurt cake is very cream, sweet and a little tangy. It's an easy one-bowl recipe that is just four ingredients.
4.72 from 7 votes


  • 1 3/4 cups (390 g) nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup (237 ml) full fat sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 tbsp (32 g) cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp (1.5 oz/44 ml) lemon juice + 1 tbsp lemon zest from one large lemon


  • Grease the interior of a 6-inch round cake pan or a 6-inch round springform pan with cooking oil spray and then line bottom and sides with parchment paper.
  • Add yogurt and condensed milk to a large mixing bowl. Make sure to use a spatula to scrape the sides of your measuring cups so that all the condensed milk and yogurt that gets stuck on the sides ends up in the mixing bowl. Whisk until smooth. Sift in the cornstarch, 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking after each addition until no lumps remain.
  • Stir in lemon juice and zest until evenly incorporated. Pour batter into prepared cake pan.
  • To cook in the air fryer: Preheat air fryer to 315°F (157°C) and bake for about 23 minutes. The surface of the cake should look done and have a partial caramelized appearance (the caramelization won't be completely even across). The cake should not be very jiggly but the center should not be fully set.
  • To cook in the oven: Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Bake for about 45 minutes or until the surface of the pan looks fully cooked (but it will remain white in color except around the edges which will turn slightly brown) and the cake should be pulling away from the sides of the pan. The cake should not be very jiggly but it is okay if the center doesn't seem fully set.
  • Let cake cool for several hours before eating. You can do this two ways and the texture will be different depending on which method you choose. You can cool the cake at room temperature. When the cake is cooled, it will be set enough that you can plate it and cut it, but the center will remain very creamy and gooey. This is similar to a Basque cheesecake type of texture. If you prefer a fully set and firmer cake like American cheesecake, place the cake in the fridge to cool. After a few hours, the cake should be fully cooled and have a denser firmer texture.


  • This cake is best made a day ahead of time. It can be made the same day you plan on serving it, but it needs a few hours to let it cool and set.
  • Make sure to sift in the cornstarch. This can be done with just a simple mesh strainer. Sifting in the cornstarch helps to make sure it is easily mixed in as it can be hard to see lumps of cornstarch in the batter.
  • Make sure to use a thick Greek yogurt. It should be thick enough that when you spoon it and hold the spoon upside down, it won't slide off easily.  I like Fage and Kirkland brands.
  • You should only need 1 large lemon, but don't use the whole thing. Measure out 3 tbsp of lemon juice and 1 tbsp of zest.
  • Add the lemon juice and zest at the end. If you add it with the other ingredients, you won't be able to see the cornstarch lumps.
  • Don't leave out the zest. It gives a lot of lemon flavor. You can't use too much lemon juice because it will make the batter too runny.
  • I use this Wilton 6-inch round pan.*
  • *This product link is an affiliate link. This means I earn a commission from qualifying purchases.


Serving: 1slice, Calories: 172kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 54mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 23g, NET CARBS: 24

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

Did you make this recipe?I'd love to see it! Mention @KirbieCravings and tag #kirbiecravings!

Subscribe to receive new post updates via email

don’t miss a thing!

Get new post updates via email:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

39 comments on “4 Ingredient Creamy Lemon Yogurt Cake (No Flour, Eggs, Butter or Oil)”

  1. is there another type of pan that i can use since i don;t have a 6 inch pan

    • We’ve only tested it in a 6″ pan. The other option is an 8×4″ loaf pan, but the baking time would need to be adjusted.

  2. I absolutely love the ease and simplicity of your recipes.  Please give us some 0 or low carb options too.

  3. this looks very simple, thanks for the recipe. i like an intense lemon flavou; can i add more juice and zest if i increase the cornstarch a little?

    • If you want more lemon flavor, you should add more zest. Don’t add more lemon juice because that will add more liquid to the batter and the cake might not turn out.

  4. Can I replaced condensed milk with sugar? How much sugar should I use?

    • The recipe won’t work with sugar – the sweetened condensed milk not only sweetens the cake but it also acts as an egg substitute and makes the cake creamy.

  5. I’m having difficulties getting the texture right but I can tell this recipe will be very good!!  I didn’t have a 6” pan and my air fryer won’t go below 350 degrees, which I’m sure is the root of my issues.  I used a 9” round cake pan and cooked in the air fryer at 350 until golden and not ‘jiggly’ then cooled in the fridge. The cake has great flavor but texture came out too dense and not very creamy. Like I said, I’m sure this is from my adjustments.  Going to try again with baking at 350 instead and perhaps increasing the amount of batter for my larger pan. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!   I also made a blueberry whipped topping to go with it and loved the blueberry and lemon combination. 

  6. So simple. So delicious. My friends, yes I shared, loved it as well! I make my own Greek yogurt and it worked beautifully. I made the air fryer version with a silicone cake form and the cheesecake popped right out! Can’t wait to try some of your other goodies!

  7. Delicious! I added extra lemon juice in mine.

  8. I want to try this! Sounds easy and delicious !

  9. Aloha?????,, Mahalo for this yummy Lemon Yogurt Cake. 4 Simple ingredients is genius I liked both cold from the fridge & room temperature,, I am Dessert First & Entre Second ?

  10. Can you make a larger size? 8″ or 9″?

  11. I would try!
    But please no spam.

  12. It

  13. Amazing

  14. My son loves lemon desserts but he can’t have dairy. Can this be made with coconut milk or almond milk yogurt and condensed coconut milk somehow?

    • Sorry I don’t know as I haven’t tested it with those substitutions

    • I made the plain (w/o lemon) version last week, using Cocobella coconut yogurt and vegan coconut condense milk. Taste wise it was good
      but texture wise, it wasnt as firm as the one
      posted because my cornstarch measurement was a bit off as i’ve used a similar recipe in the past and too cornstarch gave a slightly rubbery texture. Also i cooked it wayyy after the recommended 23m and it wasnt browning at all but i gave up
      after increasing cooking time a few time. It’s quite cold in Sydney atm so left it out if the fridge. i can cut it with a warm knife but i cant pick it because it’s that soft but i think it would defintely firm up ij fridge. So try it!

  15. Awesome!  Love it.  

  16. Hi i would like to try this so I wanted to know that wen u said yougurt did u meant buttermilk?

  17. Mmmmm, GOOOOD!

  18. Very tantalizing recipe. I will prepare this for my manager ( wife ) for her viewing of THE up-coming Coronation ofour new monarch King Charles III.