Easy Vegan Lemon Cake

beginner vegan lemon cake

Lemon cakes have always been my favorite. There is something special about sour food for me, I have always preferred it over everything else. Lemon cakes, pickles, HUGE quantities of vinegar on my salad – if it’s sour, I want it!

This lemon cake is quite light and the frosting makes up for most of the lemony taste, while the spongy part is mostly sweet with a light hint of lemon. I would personally prefer my cake a lot more lemony than this, but this one appeals generally to the wider public due to the mild lemon taste.

In any case, it is a simple, budget-friendly vegan cake to make when you are craving some sugar or to take to a dinner party for your friends.

Ingredients for Vegan Lemon Cake

What you need for the cake:

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup golden caster sugar
  • 1 lemon, half juiced, whole zested
  • 100 ml vegetable oil
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 170 ml water

For the frosting:

  • 150 g icing sugar
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced


Before you start:

  • Mix your flour with 2 tsp of the baking powder to create self-raising flour.
  • Juice your lemon and zest it
  • You can choose many different kinds of tins to do this in. I did it in a regular loaf thin, same one I would use for vegan meatloaf.

How to make the vegan lemon cake:

  1. Start by heating up your oven to 200°C (392 °F). The cake is quite quick to make.
  2. Line whatever tin you have chosen to use with baking paper.
  3. Mix your flour (which you beforehand mixed with 2 tsp of baking powder), sugar, the rest of the baking powder (1 tsp) and the lemon zest in a bowl.
  4. Add the lemon juice, water, oil and mix.
  5. Pour the well-mixed cake into the tin and bake for around 30 minutes. You can check with toothpick eventually if you are not sure if it is ready.
  6. Take out and wait for the cake to cool off before eating.

The lemony icing:

  1. Mix 150 g icing sugar with the other half of a squeezed lemon until you reach the desired frosting consistency.
  • Too much lemon juice and too little sugar will make it too runny to hold.
  • If you want to make 2 layers, you can double the ingredients for the icing.

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