The 30 Lemon Quest : Vegan Lemon Pound Cake.

By Holly Royce

Two weeks ago I started in my quest to use up the 30 lemons my housemate harvested from her family home over her holidays. My mission is to use them to make delicious vegan treats to share with my housemates, neighbours and in the 1 Million Women office. Last week I made vegan coconut and lemon slice – this week I made something a little more classic –  vegan lemon pound cake.

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Thanks to Nom Yourself for this delicious recipe.

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3 large lemons

1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

6 tsp. vegetable oil

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp. vanilla

3/4 cup water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix flour, sugar and baking soda in large mixing bowl.

Zest 1 full lemon rind into bowl. Cut all lemons and squeeze lemon juice into separate bowl so the seeds don’t fall in the mixture. Add water, oil, apple cider vinegar and vanilla to the large bowl.

Mix well, then place mix into a ungreased 8 inch cake pan.

Bake for 30 minutes, keep an eye on it though, all stoves are different!

Let it cool for 1-2 hours before icing it.

Vanilla Lemon Icing


1 large lemon

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 cup confectionary sugar

Cut lemon and squeeze juice in bowl. Add vanilla and sugar. Whisk until smooth. ​


Another 4 lemons down – leaving me with 21 lemons to use up.
Did you try this recipe? What did you think? Share any of your lemon based recipes in the comments below!

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4 responses to “The 30 Lemon Quest : Vegan Lemon Pound Cake.

  1. Lemon Cordial – 1 batch = 6x750ml bottles
    2 litres water
    3kg sugar (don’t use raw sugar, its too dark and will spoil the look)
    2 pints (2x600ml) strained lemon juice
    Add water and sugar together in large saucepan. Heat gently till sugar is dissolved. Add juice. Stir.
    Pour into sterilised bottles. Lightly seal. Place carefully into a pan that is at least as tall as the bottles. Pour in water up to their necks. Bring to a simmer – and then simmer 20-30 minutes. Remove the bottles. TIGHTEN CAPS.
    When cool, wash the external stickiness off the bottles and label.
    With good sealing lids, the cordial will keep indefinitely.

  2. Lemonade
    1 gallon (8pints) water
    2 cups white sugar (honey good alternative)
    1 1/2 cups strained lemon juice
    3-4 thinly peeled strips of lemon rind
    12x750ml bottles

    Pul all ingredients in large covered container (nappy bucket is good). Stir twice daily until the rind rises (usually 3 days in warm weather).
    Bottle and leave for 9 days.

    DO NOT use square or oval bottles, only round ones as the fizz buildup is very strong and they will explode.

  3. Limonada !Viva Mexico!
    1/2 – 2/3 cup sugar
    1 1/3 cup lemon juice
    4-5 cups water (or mineral water)

    Add 1/2 cup sugar to juice and stir until dissolved. Add water to desired strength, and more sugar (optional).

    Alternatively, you can combine sugar and 1 cup water in a pan and dissolve over heat. Then mix with juice and the rest of the water.

  4. When the lemons and limes are coming on fast we juice them and freeze it down in 1 1/2 cup containers, ready to use for cordial and lemonade as required. This way there is no wastage.

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