Say hello to this gorgeous Vegan Lemon Almond Cake. It’s moist, lemony, nutty, and light. The perfect blend of sweet and citrus. Topped with a classic lemon buttercream frosting. Needless to say it’s the perfect cake for a celebration, don’t you think?
And that’s exactly what this cake is for! To celebrate 75K followers on Instagram woohoo! It makes me so happy to have so many of you enjoying my recipes and creations, and so I thought I’d share this celebratory cake to mark the occasion?
Vegan Lemon Almond Cake vs. Non-Vegan
So what’s inside this Vegan Lemon Almond Cake? Exactly what you’d imagine. A vegan cake really isn’t that different from a non-vegan cake. The ingredients only vary slightly to give the same delicious taste and results. If you’re suprised about this know that you’re not alone, I too couldn’t believe just how simple it is to bake vegan cakes until I tried it.
In a nutshell this cake blends together coconut oil, cane sugar, lemon juice and zest, flour, almond milk, almond meal, and coconut yogurt. Nothing sneaky or surprising about these ingredients to say the least. See what I mean? In a nutshell it’s not that different from a normal cake mix.
It always surprises my friends and family, that are in awe when they taste taste one of my vegan cakes for the first time. Dairy free AND vegan with this light and pillowy texture?! Who would have thunk!
Suffice to say the simple substitutions in this recipe for a vegan cake are easy changes that anyone can make, whether you’re vegan or not. Subbing milk for almond milk and yogurt for coconut yogurt (or soy). Which is why I love this recipe! I can give it to my mum or grandma and know they won’t run into any problems that only a vegan baker would know how to solve.
So if you’re new to vegan baking – don’t fret. This Lemon Almond Cake is just like making a traditional cake, and yields that same delicious results for all eaters to enjoy.
How to make Vegan Lemon Almond Cake
Just as you’d make a regular cake! Are you seeing a trend here? For this recipe I began by combining the liquids together – melted coconut oil, plantbased milk, lemon juice and zest and then adding in the sugar.
I whisked my flour overtop of the liquid mixture and stirred gently to combine. Then I folded in the almond butter and coconut yogurt.
For this recipe I choose to divide the batter into two round cake-tins (10 inches in diameter) to make a tiered cake. I love the impressive look it gives. However, you could also bake the cake in a budnt pan with the same ratios, or make two cake loaves with the batter.
For the vegan lemon buttercream frosting:
To continue with my fuss-free and classic theme, I went for a classic lemon buttercream frosting. Combining vegan butter (I used coconut butter by Vitaquell called Vita ‘Coco) with powdered sugar and lemon juice.
Using my hand mixer I combined 1 cup vegan butter to 3 cups icing sugar. Then added in lemon juice 1 tsp at a time. The amount of lemon juice you add depends on how thick you want your icing. For me I only needed two teaspoons worth of lemon juice for it to form into a thick and spreadable icing, but if you want it more like a glaze than add more lemon juice for a thinner pour.
This is a classic buttercream frosting recipe made vegan. However, you can always opt in for an icing alternative that, like whipped coconut cream or coconut yogurt.
A few notes about the recipe:
It’s nice to know that this recipe freezes very well! In fact, I froze half the cake and served it a few days later when we had family visiting. Keep it in the fridge and remove 3-4 hours before serving.
In addition, I’d recommend storing any leftovers in the fridge if you plan to keep the cake for longer than 24 hours. I tend to think with the mylk and yogurt it’s better to keep it refrigerated.
I have recommended to bake this cake for 45 minutes, as this is as long it took me for a perfect cake consistency. But, depending on your oven it could be more or less. To ensure the cake is cooked through insert a toothpick into the deepest part of the cake. If it comes out clean you know it’s cooked throughout.
A cake of this size will feed a party! I would say around 10-15 people. If you’re having a smaller group feel free to halve the recipe, or freeze half of the cake.
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So there we have it, a delicious and classic Vegan Lemon Almond Cake for any celebration. Vegan or not, this is a cake for all eaters to enjoy – especially for those who love lemons! I do hope you’ll give this recipe a try.
And, if you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you. And of course, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.
Vegan Lemon Almond Cake
For the cake:
For the lemon butter cream frosting
- 1/2 cup vegan butter (or margarine)
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 2 tsp lemon juice (plus more if needed)
- Preheat oven to 170C/340F. Lightly spray two round cake pans with nonstick spray. (I used two 10-inch/25 cm non-stick cake tins). Dust with flour, shake out the excess, and set aside.
- Melt coconut oil in saucepan and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Whisk together coconut oil and cane sugar with electric mixer. Pour in almond milk, vanilla lemon juice and the zest of four lemons. Mix to combine.
- Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt into bowl. Mix gently until just combined, then fold in almond meal and coconut yogurt.
- Divide batter evenly between your two cake tins. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Let cool completely before removing from cake tins or frosting.
- For the Lemon Buttercream frosting: Add 1 cup vegan butter to a mixing bowl. Sift 3 cups icing sugar into bowl. Whisk together with an electric mixter to combine. Add lemon juice 1 tsp at a time until you've reached desired icing thickness (I used 2 tsp lemon juice in total).
- When cake has cooled. Lather each cake generously with icing sugar and stack on on top of the other for a tiered cake.