Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake

September 4, 2017 (Last Updated: December 23, 2019)

This delicious vegan lemon poppy seed loaf cake with homemade lemon glaze was so good, all my friends were unable to tell them apart from usual lemon cakes.

vegan lemon poppy seed loaf cake - 3 delicious slices of loaf and lemon cake on grill

One of the biggest achievements of vegan week in the yummy medley kitchen was learning how to cook a variety of veggies deliciously, but honestly, one of our biggest recipe hits, was this vegan lemon poppy seed loaf cake. I have always loved loaf cakes, but it has been quite the chore to replicate them without eggs in general since I do not eat eggs. Well, this time around, my recipe worked and produced this delicious vegan lemon poppy seed loaf which were so good they were quite the hit with many of my friends who were unable to tell them apart from usual lemon cakes.

I have been sleeping on applesauce as an alternative to eggs in baking lately, but I decided to try it this time around, and it was the secret to this delicious achievement. There are a few vegan baking skills I have always had up my sleeve because I do not eat or bake with eggs, and I am usually successful when I try all of them, however, baking loaf cakes have been a challenge for me. Getting the tight yet moist texture is very challenging without eggs, and since I was eating completely plant based the week that I came up with this recipe, I could not use yogurt or buttermilk like I tend to. Thank God for the random apple sauce I had in my pantry that reminded me of this trick because I believe it achieved my vegan baking dreams.

vegan lemon poppy seed loaf cake - loaf on grill with lemon glaze spilling over

I “tested” (a.k.a. made up an excuse to keep baking and indulging) this vegan lemon poppy seed loaf recipe about four times that week, so trust me when I say it is more or less foolproof. I am going to stop bragging about this recipe and let you guys try it out for yourself. You will love it!

vegan lemon poppy seed loaf cake - fresh out the oven in a pan vegan lemon poppy seed loaf cake - loaf ready for lemon glaze vegan lemon poppy seed loaf cake - getting more of that homemade lemon glaze

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake - close up crust shot of lemon loaf
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4.75 from 4 votes

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake

This delicious vegan lemon poppy seed loaf cake with homemade lemon glaze was so good, all my friends were unable to tell them apart from usual lemon cakes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 456kcal
Author: Yummy Medley

Ingredients

  • 350 g/ 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ cup coconut oil melted
  • ½ cup apple sauce
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • For the Glaze
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C.
  • Grease and flour a 9x5 loaf pan and set it aside.
  • In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients with a whisk; the flour, poppy seeds, lemon zest, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, almond milk, coconut oil, apple sauce, 2 tbsp lemon juice, vanilla, and lemon extract.
  • Create a well in the bowl with the flour mixture, pour in the liquid mixture and mix until it is just combined. Do not over mix!
  • Pour the lemon cake batter into the prepped loaf pan, and bake in the preheated oven for 50- 55 mins or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake come out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool for 5 minutes then remove from the pan.
  • While the cake is cooking in the pan, pour 1 tsp lemon juice into the 3 tbsp of powdered sugar. This will be the glaze for the loaf cake.
  • While the cake is still warm but out of the pan, glaze with the lemon and icing sugar glaze.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely for 20 minutes then serve.

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake - close up crust shot of lemon loaf

Let me know if you tried it! Also feel free to try out my other delicious vegan plantain bread recipe.

16 Comments

  • Reply
    suvi khan
    September 5, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Thanking You, Sir.

    This article is Very Helpful For me…

    • Reply
      Ms. Yum
      September 5, 2017 at 9:56 am

      I am glad to hear that

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    Gifted Hands
    September 5, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    5 stars
    Tried this, it tasted AMAZING! Your photography is bomb!

    • Reply
      Ms. Yum
      September 6, 2017 at 10:49 am

      Thanks so much Gifted Hands!

  • Reply
    Karl @ Healthy Kreation
    September 5, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    4 stars
    Oh my gosh, does this look delicious. So moist and all vegan. Amazing! Thanks for sharing this.

    • Reply
      Ms. Yum
      September 6, 2017 at 10:47 am

      I hope you try the recipe, it is very good!

  • Reply
    Sofiat
    September 9, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    This looks incredible. Awesome photography too. Will definitely try this recipe

    • Reply
      Ms. Yum
      September 9, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks Sofiat! Let me know when you try, I am sure you will love it!

  • Reply
    Liz
    September 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    5 stars
    I tried this and it tasted so delicious
    Couldn’t even tell it was Vegan!

    • Reply
      Ms. Yum
      September 11, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Exactly Liz!

  • Reply
    ranjeet singh
    December 5, 2017 at 3:17 am

    wonderful article.
    got new info from this blog. thanks for information provide
    waiting for your next post.. great work

  • Reply
    Liv
    April 7, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Just made this today and it was amazing! So moist and perfect amount of lemon and sweetness! Hit the spot 🙂

    • Reply
      Lois
      April 19, 2019 at 9:03 am

      Awesome to hear Liv!!!!

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    Ray
    May 13, 2019 at 3:10 am

    I doubled the recipe to share with friends. They LOVED it. The only thing I’d change when I make it again is to double the glaze. Might as well get it as yummy as possible!

    • Reply
      Lois
      May 28, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      Awesome to hear Ray!

  • Reply
    Nicky
    April 23, 2020 at 5:17 am

    5 stars
    I’ve made this twice, absolutely heavenly both times! I didn’t have lemon extract, so just used more fresh lemon juice and it was very tasty. I can’t wait to share it with my partner when we can finally reunite 🙂

    Thanks for the recipe!

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