Vegan lemon drizzle cake

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Yes! It worked! I made a lemon drizzle cake. If you read this post then you’ll know that I’ve attempted to make a vegan lemon drizzle in the past and failed miserably. I ended up with a baking powder cake. Trust me, it was even worse than it sounds. This was my favourite cake before I became a vegan and I’m happy to announce that I have come up with a successful vegan lemon drizzle cake recipe, enjoy….

It’s fluffy, sweet, moist, moreish and brilliantly lemony.

You’ll need a toothpick for this recipe (but a knife might work OK if you don’t have one)


For the cake
250g plain flour
2tsp baking powder
200g sugar
75ml vegetable oil
250ml soya milk
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Juice of one lemon
Zest of two lemons

For the icing
Juice of one lemon
75g caster sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180c
  2. Mix together the milk and vinegar together until it curdles in a bowl (you know it has curdled when the fat in the milk seems to have separated in small blobs so that when you pour the milk it is chunky, this is essential as this is what makes the cake rise and give it the fluffy texture)
  3. Grate the lemons, set one aside for the icing, and squeeze the juice of the lemon into a separate (large) bowl.
  4. Add the oil, sugar and lemon zest and curdled milk (with vinegar) to the large bowl and mix well.
  5. Sift in the flour and baking powder and mix well (but not too much!)
  6. Pour the mixture into a tin lined with baking paper (loaf tin preferably)
  7. Put in the oven and bake for 40 – 50 minutes, until golden and a toothpick comes out clean. Leave to cool on the side in the tin whilst you make the icing (CAUTION: DO NOT TAKE OUT OF THE TIN until step 11)
  8. In a small bowl mix together the caster sugar and lemon juice
  9. Use a toothpick to poke small holes into the cake, then drizzle the icing over the cake.
  10. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for about 25 minutes
  11. Carefully transfer the cake to a wire rack to continue to cool
  12. Eat and enjoy!

Related recipes:
Vegan lemon cake / biscuits


18 thoughts on “Vegan lemon drizzle cake

  1. Vegan lemon drizzle cake is fabulous and well worth baking! But like you’ve noted, eggless sponge cake does appear to be more fragile than eggy sponge cake – until it’s cooled off, then it’s just fine! I want some lemon drizzle cake now..

    • I was so scared it was going to disintegrate, another vegan baking failure would have been sad (after a succession of unsuccessful attempts to make chocolate cupcakes) but it worked and it’s really yummy. Definitely make lemon drizzle cake, you always need one 🙂

  2. I just made this and it came out fabulous! I will decrease sugar to half a cup in the bread part (I only used 3/4 cup this time around) since it tasted mildly sweet anyway:) Took a few minutes to convert to cup measurements, but as I suspected, WELL worth it.

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  4. As the mum of an egg and dairy allergic child, I’m always looking for successful vegan baking recipes. This one is a winner! I reduced the sugar in cake part to 175g and it was still wonderfully sweet. Will try 150g next time.

  5. Thank you for following my blog! I’ve actually been looking for a vegan lemon cake recipe now that it’s summertime. I can’t wait to try it out!

  6. It is delicious, I made it today and put fresh blackcurrants in the middle and on top with the glaze. My daughter loves it and was stealing from her father and I when we had a slice. I don’t think it will last long. However, try as I might, I couldn’t get the soya milk to curdle (I beat with the vinegar for 20mins), maybe it was the type I used. It was Alpro’s 1 year + UHT soya milk? It did still rise and is lovely and light.

  7. Have just made this lemon drizzle cake and I’m glad to say, it was a success.It was liked by the family as well. Thank you. Definitely using this recipe again.

  8. This cake is so good! Made it for a friends birthday and it went down a treat. A non-cake eating friend, who opted for a pitifully small slice, was very disappointed upon realising it was all gone! One slight thing is that both times I’ve made it, it gets massive craters at the top. Although this doesn’t seem to reduce its deliciousness, it is a bit of an aesthetic flaw. Any ideas how I could prevent this if I need to make a fancy, showy cake for a special occasion? What could be going wrong?

  9. This is the best cake ever including non-vegan. It was super light and fluffy and so nice!

    I’ve never had any luck with vegan baking with flaxseed so this recipe using normal ingredients is perfect.

    I know it’s definitely going into my recipie repertoire!

  10. Baked this earlier today and it’s turned out really well! Thanks for the recipe! Did use a little more cider vinegar to aid with the coagulation of the milk but other than that did not change a thing. Tastes divine!!!

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