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Chocolate Yogurt Loaf Cake

An easy, one-bowl recipe for a chocolate loaf cake. The cake uses yogurt to reduce calories and keep the cake super moist. It’s a simple loaf cake that will satisfy your chocolate cravings.

overhead photo of sliced Chocolate Yogurt Loaf Cake

Sometimes I’m just craving a simple loaf cake. Nothing fancy, no need for frosting, decorations, etc. Just a tasty, easy loaf cake. This is that cake.

One Bowl Recipe

You don’t need a stand mixer for this recipe. Instead, you can whisk all the ingredients by hand. One-bowl recipes are my favorite as they mean less clean-up.


  • All-purpose flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Baking powder
  • Espresso powder
  • Salt
  • Granulated white sugar
  • Plain nonfat yogurt
  • Large eggs
  • Canola oil

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and espresso powder. Stir in the salt and sugar.

Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk until the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into a prepared 8×4” loaf pan.

If you don’t plan to serve the whole cake at once, I recommend only slicing off the pieces you want. Keep the rest of the cake tightly wrapped and it will stay moist for a few days.

Bake the cake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let it cool in the pan before removing and slicing.

Texture and Taste

  • The cake is very moist and fluffy, as a result of the use of yogurt.
  • It has a strong chocolate flavor, which is enhanced by the espresso powder added to the batter.
  • If you wish for an even stronger chocolate flavor, you can also add chocolate chips to the batter.

This is a great recipe to try when you want a quick chocolate cake to satisfy a craving. I hope you enjoy it!

close-up photo of sliced Chocolate Yogurt Loaf Cake

More Cake Recipes

Chocolate Yogurt Loaf Cake

Servings: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
An easy, simple chocolate loaf cake made lighter with the addition of yogurt. The cake is very moist and will satisfy your chocolate cravings.
5 from 2 votes


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 3/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil


  • Preheat oven to 350'F. Grease an 8 inch by 4 inch loaf pan.
  • In a large bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and espresso powder. Stir in salt and sugar.
  • Add yogurt, eggs, and oil. Whisk until batter is smooth.
  • Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool in pan before removing and slicing.


Slightly adapted from Little Corner of Mine


Serving: 1slice, Calories: 262kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 82mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 21g, NET CARBS: 33

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.

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15 comments on “Chocolate Yogurt Loaf Cake”

  1. What is espresso powder?

    • It’s ground coffee that has been brewed and then dried and ground into a powder. You can find it in the coffee aisle at most grocery stores. Hope that helps!

  2. Can i use a silicone tin? 
    Waiting for the result … 🙂 hope it turns out well. It smells delicious.

  3. Hi. Could I use a skyr-type yogurt and could I use olive or sunflower oil instead of canola oil (which isn’t very common around here)?

    • I have not tested it with skyr yogurt so I am not sure. Olive oil should be fine. I have not tried baking with sunflower oil.

  4. Excelent cale! Easy,fluffy ecconomic recepie

  5. This is not a comment but a question. What type of cocoa do you use? Generally, when it is unspecified, it is natural but natural is normally paired with baking soda. You call for baking powder, which is normally paired with Dutch processed cocoa. Is this a misprint? Can you please clarify. Thank you. 

    • This recipe can be made with natural or dutch process cocoa powder. The recipe uses baking powder which is why it will work with either cocoa powder. Baking soda is paired with natural cocoa powder because it usually needs the acidity in the natural cocoa powder to activate the baking soda. Dutch process does not need to be paired with baking powder.

  6. Awesome recipe

  7. Would the batter be too thick (and the resulting cake, too heavy?) if i used greek yogurt?