Delightfully Dairy-Free: A Luscious Lemon Cake Recipe

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Are you yearning for a light and refreshing cake that explodes with citrusy flavor? Look no further than this fantastic dairy-free lemon loaf recipe! This delightful treat is perfect for anyone with dietary restrictions or simply those who appreciate a healthier dessert option.

This recipe is surprisingly simple to follow, requiring minimal ingredients and basic baking techniques. The fluffy texture and vibrant lemon flavor will have you coming back for seconds (or thirds!).

Dairy-Free Lemon Cake - Caked by Katie
Dairy-Free Lemon Cake – Caked by Katie

But before we dive into the how-to, let’s explore the wonders of this sunshine-infused cake:

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

Dairy-Free: Perfect for those with lactose intolerance or following a vegan diet.

  • Simple Ingredients: Made with common pantry staples, this recipe is easy to whip up on a whim.
  • Light and Refreshing: The lemon flavor adds a delightful zest, making it ideal for warmer weather or afternoon gatherings.
  • Customizable: Feel free to experiment with different toppings and glazes!

  • Gathering the Goodness: Ingredients

    Here’s what you’ll need to create this delightful dairy-free lemon loaf:

    Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour (can be substituted with gluten-free flour blend for a gluten-free option)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • ½ cup melted vegan butter (or coconut oil)
  • ¾ cup unsweetened plant-based milk (almond milk, oat milk, or soy milk all work well)
  • 2 large eggs (flaxseed egg substitute can be used for a vegan option – see recipe notes below)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • Optional Extras:

    Powdered sugar for dusting (dairy-free powdered sugar is available)

  • Lemon glaze (recipe included below)
  • Fresh lemon slices for garnish

  • Baking Up Perfection: Instructions

    Now that you have all the ingredients assembled, let’s get baking!

    1. Preheat the Oven: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a loaf pan (a 9×5 inch loaf pan is ideal) with vegan butter or cooking spray.
    2. Whisk the Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set this dry mixture aside for now.
    3. Cream the Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl, cream together the melted vegan butter and sugar until light and fluffy. This step helps to incorporate air into the batter, resulting in a lighter and airier final product.
    4. Incorporate the Eggs: Once the sugar and butter are well combined, beat in the eggs (or flaxseed egg substitute) one at a time, ensuring each addition is fully incorporated before adding the next.
    5. Zest and Juice it Up: Add the lemon zest and freshly squeezed lemon juice to the wet ingredients and mix well. The zest adds intense lemon flavor, while the juice provides a delightful citrusy tang.
    6. Bringing it Together: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in three batches, alternating with the plant-based milk. Mix until just combined – avoid overmixing, as this can lead to a tough cake.
    7. Bake Time! Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The exact baking time may vary depending on your oven, so keep an eye on it towards the end to avoid over-baking.
    8. Cool Completely: Once baked, remove the loaf pan from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack before slicing and serving. This allows the cake to set properly.

    Recipe Notes:

    Flaxseed Egg Substitute: To create a vegan egg substitute, mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water. Let it sit for 5 minutes to thicken before using.

  • Gluten-Free Option: Substitute the all-purpose flour with a 1:1 gluten-free flour blend. Ensure the blend contains xanthan gum for proper binding.

  • Nutritional Powerhouse: Nutrition Facts

    While indulging in a slice of cake is certainly a treat, it’s always good to be mindful of the nutritional content. Here’s a breakdown of the approximate nutritional information per slice (based on a 10-slice serving):

    Calories: 250

  • Fat: 10g (saturated fat: 2g)
  • Cholesterol: 0mg