A vegan lemon cake loaf cut into slices

Vegan lemon cake

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(123 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins Plus cooling

Easy

Serves 12

Try baking a vegan version of lemon cake. Light and zingy, it also works well if you replace the flour and baking powder with gluten-free alternatives

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal276
  • fat9g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs47g
  • sugars29g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.3g
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Ingredients

  • 100ml vegetable oil, plus extra for the tin
  • 275g self-raising flour
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 1 lemon, zested, ½ juiced
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

For the icing

  • 150g icing sugar
  • ½ lemon, juiced
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Oil a 1lb loaf tin and line it with baking parchment. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and lemon zest in a bowl. Add the oil, lemon juice and 170ml cold water, then mix until smooth.

  2. Pour the mixture into the tin. Bake for 30 mins or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then remove and transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool fully.

  3. For the icing, sieve the icing sugar into a bowl. Mix in just enough lemon juice to make an icing thick enough to pour over the loaf (if you make the icing too thin, it will just run off the cake).

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Kristen Jenkins's picture
Kristen Jenkins
13th Jan, 2018
My mixture came out thick like a cookie dough. Is this normal?
Mariaszaa
26th Jan, 2018
4.05
Make sure you measure exact amount of flour (best premium grade 00), u can try adding more lemon juice/water.
umapurohit
23rd Dec, 2017
Made it as per recipe, used Trex instead of oil So easy to make and tasted delicious!
katiesid
20th Dec, 2017
Yes, you can. Any flavourless oil works well.
isabellep
4th Dec, 2017
5.05
Best vegan lemon cake ever! In fact, best lemon cake!
Caroline Chellen
25th Nov, 2017
5.05
Love this cake. Easiest recipe ever! And turns out good each time. My husband love it. I always double the recipe and also cooks more than 30 min. Around 45 mins.
MrsMG
24th Nov, 2017
5.05
I searched for a recipe for lemon drizzle cake which doesn't contain eggs, simply because I didn't have any in the house. Found this, and it turned out very nicely. Followed advice and cooked for 30 mins and then about 12 mins extra with tin foil over. It came out a good golden colour with no burning. I haven't got a loaf tin so I just used a small round tin and it worked fine. I made up an extra mix of caster sugar with lemon juice and drizzled it into some knife holes to sink into the cake, and then did the icing sugar lemon mix to cover.
jodiew81
24th Sep, 2017
5.05
So lemony and just delicious! I used coconut oil and found that it needed 40 minutes until it was cooked through.
jodiew81
24th Sep, 2017
5.05
I used 100ml of liquid coconut oil. I just guessed the amount of solid oil and melted it a little in the microwave, then topped it up to the full 100ml if it's short.
Esk_00
19th Aug, 2017
5.05
The family loved this.

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