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Vegan lemon loaf cake with an icing and candied lemon slices on top.

Vegan Lemon Loaf Cake (Oil-Free)

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  • Author: Allie
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Vegan lemon loaf cake is a delicious and easy-to-make dessert that is perfect for any occasion.


  • 1  2/3 cup (200 grams) white whole wheat flour, spooned and leveled
  • 3/4 cup (75 grams) super-fine almond flour (not almond meal)
  • 3/4 cup (155 grams) cane sugar
  • 2  1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) unsweetened dairy-free milk
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon loosely packed)


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (54 grams)
  • 1 -2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C) and line a 9 x 5-inch glass loaf dish with parchment paper or grease it with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the white whole wheat flour, almond flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl mix dairy-free milk, applesauce, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and zest.  Then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Mix until just combined, don’t over-mix.
  4. Pour into a prepared glass loaf pan and smooth out the top.
  5. Bake for 45-53 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  
  6. Cool the cake in the baking dish for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Once the cake has cooled completely, mix the powdered sugar and lemon juice for the icing, start with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and add more if needed to get a drippy paste consistency.  Drizzle over the top of the cake, and let the icing firm up before serving.


When testing with a toothpick, it may be hard to see the cake batter on the toothpick.  Use your fingers to feel the toothpick, if it's still goopy bake a little longer.

I use an inexpensive oven instant-read thermometer to make sure my oven temperature is accurate.  A proper oven temperature is essential for baking.

Spoon and level the wheat flour into cups for measurements or weigh them to be more accurate.

If you use regular whole wheat flour use 190 grams, and check the cake at 45 minutes.

I use a glass baking dish, if you use a different material that may alter the baking time.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american