Lemon Loaf Cake

This recipe is a definite must-try if you love lemon cake as much as we do! This cake is fluffy, sweet, and tart, thanks to the fresh juice of lemons and zest.

Since I had a piece of lemon cake on my birthday many, many years ago, I have wanted to share the recipe. I’ve never forgotten the pillowy lemon cake with buttery orange frosting. I wanted to make a healthier version to enjoy at home.

You won’t know that this cake is gluten-free and vegan! The cake is moist, tender, and has a delicate crumb. It’s also tart and sweet. It’s easy to make, too. You can mix it up in just one bowl using ingredients that you probably already have. We’ll show you exactly how to do it!

Gluten-free Vegan Lemon Cake

The wet ingredients are mixed first — applesauce with lemon juice and zest, avocado oil with maple syrup and vanilla extract. This cake is bursting with springtime flavors thanks to the generous amount of lemon. Applesauce, avocado oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract add sweetness and moisture.

Add our favorite flour mixture to create a moist, fluffy, gluten-free cake: almond flour. It’s magical. If you like it (we know you will), then you’ll love our 1-Bowl Vegan Coffee Cake GF, Oil Free, and Easy Vegan vanilla Cupcakes (Gluten Free).

While the cake bakes, prepare the perfect sweet-tart glaze by mixing lemon zest, juice, vanilla, and powdered icing sugar.

After the cake has cooled down, drizzle it with the glaze. You’ll hear yum and wow from anyone who has a piece!



  • The original recipe calls for 3 1/2 large lemons, but you can use up to 4 Tbsp of lemon zest.
  • Lemon juice, 4 Tbsp
  • 1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or other neutral oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Almond flour
  • 3/4 cup potato starch* (not potato flour)
  • 13 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of sea salt


  • 1 1/2 tsp of lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Lemon juice three tablespoons
  • 1 1/4 cups organic powdered Sugar, sifted to reduce clumps


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard-size loaf pan with parchment.
  • Add the avocado oil, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and lemon zest to a large bowl. Whisk together.
  • Add the almond flour, cornstarch, and baking powder. Whisk again until all lumps are gone. The texture of the batter should be thick, similar to that of cornbread (see photo). If the batter is too thick, add a bit of dairy-free liquid milk to thin it out. If the mixture is too thin, you can add more almond flour.
  • Spread the batter evenly using a spatula. Bake for 35-40 mins, or until the top is golden and the toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about an hour. To prepare the glaze, wash your mixing bowl.
  • In a clean mixing bowl, prepare the glaze while the cake is cooling. Set aside lemon zest. Mix vanilla extract with lemon juice. Add sifted Sugar, 1/4 cup at a time. Add zest after all powdered Sugar has been added. Set aside.
  • Remove the cake from the pan once it has cooled completely. Gently remove the parchment paper. Pour the glaze slowly over the cake. Let it drip down the sides.
  • Enjoy with a hot cup of milk or tea! Leftovers can be stored at room temperature and covered for up to 2 days (we prefer the first 1-2). The cake can be frozen for up to one month. It is best without the glaze. Thaw the cake before cutting.

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