A vegan lemon cake loaf cut into slices

Vegan lemon cake

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(117 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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cazandjay
20th Jan, 2018
4.05
Made this with gluten free flour, it worked much better than I thought it would.
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romasoda
29th Jan, 2017
5.05
I tried this out as my first Vegan Cake. Very easy to do and a successfully risen cake! Next time I would substitute coconut oil for the sunflower so it smells less like a chip. Substitute fizzy water to lighten the batter. Use more lemon zest. It really needs 45 minutes baking and cover with foil after 30 mins.
cracklinrosiek
5th Apr, 2017
5.05
This cake surprised me by being very cake like. I am not vegan but made it for a bake sale. Very impressed.
Hargravean
6th Jan, 2017
Delicious lemony recipe! I still need to do a few tweaks to make it perfect with US measurements.

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