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Vegan lemon drizzle cake

A simple, moist lemon drizzle cake topped with lemony lemon icing.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: baking, cake
Servings: 8


  • 100 ml vegetable oil
  • 260 g self raising flour
  • 180 g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 160 ml cold water

For the icing:

  • 150 g icing sugar
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced


  • Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6 and line a standard, 1lb loaf tin with baking parchment. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, mix the self raising flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract and lemon zest. Add the oil, lemon juice and 160ml of cold water, and mix until smooth.
  • Once combined, pour the entire mixture into the lined tin and bake in the middle of the oven for 30 mins or until a skewer comes out clean. 
  • Once baked, let it cool in the tin for around 10 mins, before removing and transferring onto a wire rack. Let it cool completely.

For the icing

  • To make the icing, sieve the icing sugar into a bowl and mix in just enough lemon juice to make an icing thick enough to pour over the cake. Make sure the icing is not too thin, as it will just run off the cake.