Vegan lemon drizzle cake

Ingredients

WET INGREDIENTS

  • 100 g / ½ cup mild coconut oil (measured unmelted)
  • 125 g / ½ cup + 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 180 ml / ¾ cup thin plant milk (I used almond)
  • 60 ml / ¼ cup lemon juice (approx. 1 lemon)

DRY INGREDIENTS

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  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 180 g / 1½ cups all purpose white flour or GF cake flour mix, sifted
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100 g / 1 cup almond meal or finely ground almonds

LEMON AND ROSEMARY SYRUP

  • 70 g / 1/3 cup caster sugar (fine sugar)
  • juice of 1½ lemons (about 90 ml / 6 tbsp juice)
  • 1-2 fresh rosemary sprigs (optional)

ICING (optional)

  • 50-100 g / ½-1 cup icing sugar*
  • juice of ½-1 lemon

Method

LEMON DRIZZLE CAKE

  1. Heat up the oven to 180° C (or 160° C fan forced) / 355° F (320° F fan forced). Line a 1 kg / 2 lb tin with a wide strip of baking paper to be able to remove your cake easily.
  2. Melt the coconut oil gently over a low heat.
  3. Whisk the coconut oil and sugar together with an electric whisk. Add in the plant milk, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  4. Place a sieve over the bowl with the wet ingredients and sift through all the dry ingredients, except for the almond meal.
  5. Gently fold in the almond meal.
  6. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking tin.
  7. Bake for about 50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and the top is nicely browned.
  8. Once baked, remove the cake from the oven and pierce the top with a toothpick in several places to allow the syrup to infuse the cake better. Brush the surface of the hot cake (that’s important as otherwise the syrup will stay on the surface) with syrup several times allowing the syrup to soak into the cake between each go.
  9. Once cool, drizzle with icing starting from the middle so that it drips down to the sides creating pretty drizzle marks.

LEMON AND ROSEMARY SYRUP

  1. Place the sugar and lemon juice in a small pot over a low heat. Add sprigs of rosemary if you wish.
  2. Bring the contents of the pot to a gentle simmer and cook until the sugar dissolves completely. Set aside.

ICING

  1. Whisk the icing sugar and lemon juice in a medium size bowl until fully combined. Add the lemon juice gradually to avoid lumps in your icing. Alternatively, you could also sift your icing sugar before combining it with the lemon juice.