Deliciously zingy vegan lemon poppy seed cake! Light sponge dotted with poppyseeds and lemon zest, topped with delicious lemon glaze.
Ok, this vegan lemon poppy seed cake was an inevitability after publishing my vegan lemon drizzle cake last week! It's a very slight variation but definitely worth trying both and seeing which you prefer! The vegan lemon poppy seed cake is a little tangier since it's made with vegan yoghurt, but the crumb is still mind-blowingly light.
It's also super convenient because it's a loaf tin bake, which means it's super simple to slice and requires no fancy decoration (thank bloody jeebus! That's my least fave thing to do!) so you can blast a delicious cake out the kitchen in a flash!
I love how easy this cake is but I also love how joyfully tasty it is. I think this recipe will please your lil tiny kiddy winks AS WELL as the big burly builders working on your extension (just make their cup of tea extra strong!). Everyone's a winner! I'd say the only other cake on my blog which miiight please a larger crowd is my vegan coffee walnut cake... but I'll let you decide!
How do I make vegan lemon poppy seed cake!?
As always, the FULL RECIPE is at the bottom of the page - scroll on down if you're in a hurry. If you've got time for a visual walk-through, keep reading!
1. Combine those wet ingredients
I've mentioned this before but it bears repeating - when making a vegan cake, be sure to emulsify your wet ingredients first! This blends the fat and liquids together in a way which makes it much trickier for the cake batter to split. And as we all know, a split cake batter is a sad cake batter.
I just use a simple stick blender like this one - it does the job really well!
2. Add the sugar
My next tip for a super smooth cake batter involves adding the sugar. We're going to combine the wet ingredients with the sugar but we're going to make sure we give everything a decent whisk until the granules of sugar start to dissolve. I've noticed this results in a way more even crumb.
Oh and you'll want to rub your lemon zest into your sugar beforehand. This way all those essential oils will permeate nicely.
3. Combine the dry ingredients
I know, I know, I harp on about this a lot, but PLEASE always make sure you sieve your dry ingredients together before adding to your batter. It's super important for an even crumb, and the vegan lemon poppy seed cake is no exception!
4. Add those poppy seeds
It always seems to me like I'm not adding enough poppy seeds to my vegan lemon poppy seed cake, but don't worry. Once they're stirred through the batter, you'll see that this is just the right amount.
5. Bake the vegan lemon poppy seed cake
You'll know the cake is done because it'll turn a gorgeous golden brown. If you want to be sure, try the cocktail stick test. Inserted into the centre of the cake, it should come out clean. Leave it to cool and once it's room temperature, transfer to the fridge.
5. Glaze the cake
You'll fin it's necessary to set this cake over a cooling rack placed on top of a baking tray before glazing. This glaze is rather runny so you'll definitely get some extra drippy lemony bits on your counter if you dont! You have been warned!
And there you have it! A delicious vegan lemon poppy seed cake! Perfect for feeding the builders, or even maybe for feeding yourself? Perhaps keep half of it for you and half for the builders? Or whatever, just eat the whole thing.
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Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Cake
- 1 2 lb/900g loaf tin
For the Cake
- 110 ml sunflower oil
- 150 g vegan yoghurt
- 100 ml soy milk
- 50 ml lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon lemon extract (or vanilla extract)
- 250 g plain white flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 220 g sugar
- Zest of one lemon
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
For the Lemon Glaze
- 300 g icing sugar
- 40 ml lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 175 °C. Grease and line a 2 lb/900g loaf tin with baking parchment or a pre-cut loaf tin liner.
- In a measuring jug, blend together the sunflower oil, vegan yoghurt, soy milk, lemon juice and lemon extract until smooth using an immersion blender. Alternatively use a whisk to combine the wet ingredients. Set aside.110 ml sunflower oil, 150 g vegan yoghurt, 100 ml soy milk, 50 ml lemon juice, ½ teaspoon lemon extract
- In a large bowl sieve together the plain white flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and corn starch then stir well to combined. Make sure there are no large lumps of corn starch in the mix before proceeding.250 g plain white flour, 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt, 1 tablespoon corn starch
- In a medium bowl, place the sugar and lemon zest. With your finger tips, rub the lemon zest into the sugar until combined and fragrant. Add the blended liquid ingredients and whisk together until smooth. It should take around 20-30 seconds for the sugar granules to dissolve slightly. Finally add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir until just combined and no lumps remain.220 g sugar, Zest of one lemon
- Finally add the poppy seeds and mix through the batter.1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- Pour the cake batter into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 40 minutes or until risen and golden. A toothpick inserted into the centre of the cooked cake should come out clean. Remove from the oven and set on a wire cooling rack until room temperature then transfer to the fridge to chill for at least 20 minutes. While the cake is cooling, prepare the lemon glaze.
- To make the lemon glaze, mix the sugar and lemon juice together in a bowl. Place the cooled cake on a wire rack over a baking tray (to catch any drips) and pour the glaze over the top of the cake sprinkle with some extra poppy seeds. Return to the fridge until set then slice and serve.300 g icing sugar, 40 ml lemon juice
WANT MORE VEGAN CAKES!?
Why not try:
Had no lemons so made orange poppy seed cake instead. Recipe perfect, swap out was easy, cake delish.
The best lemon cake I've made, I can never get the texture right but this is perfect!
I've tried a few vegan cake recipes in the last year of being vegan and this is the first one that has come out perfectly and so delicious. Non vegans have taste tested & agreed!
I love this cake, my absolute favourite. Relatively easy to make and comes out perfect every time!
Nina Di Noto
Hey Richard, I spontaneously decided to make this lemon poppy seed cake today. And what a pleasant and delicious outcome! I couldn't barely wait for it to cool down and wasn't disappointed: This cake tastes like walking on fluffy clouds must feel. Your recipe made my day ;-)))
Oh, I forgot the recipe rating...
Ahhh Nina your COMMENT made MY day!!!
Absolutely delicious. Simple ingredients, easy to prep, and tastes amazing!
Another resounding success! Thank you Richard
I saw this on instagram and had to try to make it cause I LOVE lemon poppy seed cake!! i usually don't read the full page of recipes but I decided I would cause i wanted this to turn out right and im so glad it did! it was full on really helpful tips that I can also use towards other recipes! Anyways, the lil cake turned out soooo good!! Thank you so much from sharing this recipe!!
AAAH KUUIPO thank you so much this has made my day!
School Night Vegan has easy trustworthy recipes that always work out! My son and I have cow milk protein allergies but we have a sweet tooth so we are always looking for dairy free options. This cake is one of my new favorites. I used coconut yoghurt and olive oil and substituted chia seeds because I didn't have poppyseeds. A sprinkle of white sugar on the top before baking made the top crunchy! Good without the glaze but so decadent with it. Not gonna make this again until next week because I can't stop eating it once I bake it.
I had a craving for a lemon poppyseed cake and hadn't had one since going vegan. This was super easy to make and turned out sooooo good. It absolutely hits the spot.
Honestly the best lemon loaf I’ve ever made! Always found it difficult to get the texture right but this is so fluffy and satisfying. Made it for a gathering and everyone was obsessed!
Awesome cake. Perfect amount of lemon and the texture is so good. I feel like it’s so hard to get the texture right in vegan bakes but this one is as good as previous egg versions and you cannot tell the difference. Can’t wait to try some of the other cake recipes. Thank you.