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A loaf of vegan lemon pound cake with three slices cut and showing the dense, soft crumb on a metal pan with lemons and a yellow and white napkin
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4.94 from 15 votes

Vegan Lemon Pound Cake

This vegan Lemon Pound Cake is intensely lemony and buttery and it has a soft, dense, velvety crumb. On top goes a fantastic and easy lemon glaze that'll leave you licking your fingers. A soy-free and nut-free recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Cake/Dessert
Cuisine: Soy-free, Vegan, Vegan Desserts
Diet: Low Lactose, Low Salt, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 363kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ cup sugar (you can make this up to 1 cup for a sweeter cake)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 8 tbsp vegan butter (melted or allowed to stand at room temperature until completely soft. Melting the butter will create a slightly airier crumb)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (use fresh-squeezed juice, not bottled)
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup vegan yogurt (I used my homemade cultured cashew yogurt, but use any unsweetened storebought yogurt. Cashew yogurt would be ideal)

For the lemon glaze:

  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tbsp)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch, sugar and salt.
  • Whisk the butter into the flour until incorporated, a few seconds.
  • In another bowl, mix the yogurt, vanilla extract and lemon juice and zest until combined.
  • Add the liquid mixture to the flour in two batches, mixing thoroughly with a spatula after each addition. Make sure you scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl after each addition. If using a stand mixer, mix for 20 seconds after each addition.
  • Prepare a loaf pan by coating it with cooking spray and placing a piece of parchment at the bottom to make unmolding easier.
  • Scrape the batter into the pan. It will be quite thick. Smooth the top wth the spatula.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean. The top will crack, but that's typical of pound cake batters and actually gives your cake a nice look.
  • Cool the cake on a rack for 10 minutes, then unmold it and continue cooling it on the rack.
  • Once the cake has nearly cooled, prepare the glaze by mixing the confectioners' sugar with the lemon juice and vanilla, if using. Drizzle it over the pound cake, and reserve some glaze to drizzle over individual slices.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 316mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 535IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg