Easy Lemon Loaf Cake Recipe - Vegan Family Recipes

Vegan Lemon Loaf Cake

A healthy vegan lemon loaf recipe topped with a lemon coconut oil frosting.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 8 minutes
Makes 1 loaf
Author Vanessa @


Lemon Loaf Cake

  • 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 3/4 cup Raw Cane Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 cup melted Vegan Butter or Coconut Oil
  • 1 1/4 cup Almond Milk or other plant based milk - See Notes
  • Juice of 1 Lemon roughly 1/3 cup

Lemon Coconut Oil Frosting

  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil not melted!
  • 4 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest optional
  • 2 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • pinch of Salt


Lemon Loaf Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 355F (180C). Grease and flour a 10 inch (26cm) loaf pan.
  2. Using a wooden spool, mix together flours, sugar, and baking powder in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  3. Add melted butter or coconut oil, milk, and lemon juice to flour mixture and stir together.
  4. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake on lower rack for 50 to 60 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.
  5. Remove pan from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing cake from pan. Allow cake to fully cool on a cooling rack.

Lemon Coconut Oil Frosting

  1. Cream together coconut oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  2. Add salt and 1/2 cup powdered sugar and beat together on medium speed, slowly adding more and more powdered sugar until desired consistency is achieved.
  3. Spread lemon frosting over cooled lemon loaf.
  4. Keep lemon loaf in fridge and eat within 5 days.

Recipe Notes

1) You can use all whole wheat flour or just all purpose flour in this recipe as well. Using only whole wheat flour will make for a denser cake. 2) Any unsweetened plant based milk can be used for this cake EXCEPT oat milk. I found this out the hard way. Oat milk makes this cake taste very bizarre and not in a good way.3) If coconut oil is very hard smash it with a fork before trying to cream it together with the lemon juice. If the coconut oil is so hard that the fork doesn't break it apart then heat it in a warm water bath or microwave. Heat only until softened, not melted!4.) Do not use treated and waxed lemons to get your lemon zest. Best bet is to use organic lemons. Always check the labels, they should let you know if they are waxed or not.