Vegan Lemon Cake


You don't have to be vegan to enjoy this vegan lemon cake! It's moist, delicious and plenty lemony thanks to a combination of lemon juice and zest. A glaze made with lemon juice, confectioners' sugar and almond milk adds a sweet-tangy finish.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 25 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 45 mins
1 cake


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • cup unsweetened almond milk, plus 1 tablespoon, divided

  • 2 ½ teaspoons lemon zest, divided

  • 2 ½ tablespoons lemon juice, divided

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of an 8-inch round cake pan with parchment paper; coat with cooking spray. Set aside. Whisk flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Whisk granulated sugar, oil, 2/3 cup almond milk, 2 teaspoons lemon zest and 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice in a large bowl. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and fold to combine. Pour into the prepared cake pan.

  2. Bake the cake until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan; let cool completely on the rack, about 45 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter.

  3. Whisk confectioners' sugar and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth. Whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon almond milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the glaze reaches the desired consistency. Pour the glaze over the cooled cake.


To make ahead: Store glazed cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Equipment: Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

269 Calories
8g Fat
47g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Serving Size 1 slice
Calories 269
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 27g
Added Sugars 27g 54%
Protein 3g 5%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Vitamin A 37IU 1%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Folate 74mcg 18%
Sodium 255mg 11%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 6mg 1%
Potassium 35mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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