This Vegan pound cake is perfectly sweet and delicious! It is shockingly quick and easy to make. This Vegan lemon pound cake is refreshing, dense and great for breakfast and dessert.

Vegan pound cake with lemon icing.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This Vegan pound cake is quick and easy to make.
  • It has a delicious lemon flavor.
  • This recipe is made in one mixing bowl.
  • It is made without eggs, without milk and without dairy.
  • Great for breakfast, an afternoon snack or dessert.
  • This pound cake is delicious with coffee or tea.
  • This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, nut free, egg free and Vegan.
  • Check out this Vegan Coffee Cake for another flavorful recipe.

Ingredients & Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Vegan pound cake. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.

Use room temperature Vegan butter. Earth Balance butter sticks are a great option. I have not tried this recipe with another brand or coconut oil.

Granulated sugar adds the sweetness. Coconut sugar or brown sugar would both darken and change the overall flavor. Therefore, use granulated sugar.

Vanilla extract adds a classic homemade flavor.

Both lemon juice and lemon zest add the bright fresh lemon flavor. For a vanilla flavored pound cake, omit both lemon zest and lemon juice.

Coconut yogurt adds moisture. For best results, use an unsweetened plain variety. Kite Hill is a great option. If desired, use Vegan sour cream in its place.

Both gluten free 1 to 1 flour and all purpose flour can be used. I used gluten free flour to keep this pound cake gluten free.

Baking powder helps the pound cake rise slightly while baking.

Coconut yogurt and other baking ingredients.

What is Pound Cake?

Pound cake is a classic dessert. It actually dates back to the 1700s.

This recipe gets its name from its ingredients. Traditionally, pound cake was made with a pound of flour, pound of sugar, pound of butter and pound of eggs.

They are typically baked in a loaf pan or Bundt pan.

Pound cake is dense, sweet and buttery.

Taste & Texture

This Vegan pound cake is sweet with a nice lemon flavor. The lemon glaze adds a lot of lemon flavor. For a more mild flavor, use dairy free milk instead of lemon juice in the glaze.

The texture is dense, moist and soft.

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

Add Vegan butter and granulated sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix until creamy and no clumps of butter remain.

Vegan butter and sugar in bowl.

Step 3

Then, add in vanilla extract, lemon juice, lemon zest, and coconut yogurt. Stir to combine.

Wet Vegan ingredients in bowl.

Step 4

Add in flour and baking powder. Stir until just barely combined. Do not over mix the batter!

Raw Vegan pound cake batter.

Step 5

Add pound cake batter to the lined loaf pan.

Unbaked pound cake in pan.

Step 6

Bake for 38 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Baked vanilla pound cake.

Step 7

Finally, remove from oven. Allow cake to cool for at least 1 hour before making glaze.

Step 8

To make glaze, add lemon juice and powdered sugar to a bowl. Stir until combined. Add more lemon juice for a thinner glaze.

Step 9

Remove Vegan pound cake from pan. Place on parchment paper on top of wire rack. Drizzle with glaze. Slice and serve!

Expert Tips & Tricks

For best results, carefully measure all ingredients.

Beat Vegan butter and sugar until no clumps of butter remain. This usually takes 1 to 2 minutes with room temperature butter.

Use unsweetened yogurt for best results. Vegan sour cream works well too.

The batter will be very thick. It is very important to not over mix the batter!

Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Allow Vegan pound cake to fully cool before glazing.

For a vanilla flavored glaze, replace lemon juice with dairy free milk.

For a thinner glaze, use more lemon juice or milk.

Gluten free vanilla pound cake.

Flavor Variations

Instead of lemon, make a vanilla flavored pound cake. Omit lemon zest and lemon juice. In the glaze, use milk instead of lemon juice.

Feel free to add blueberries to the batter. This creates a lemon blueberry cake.

Replace lemon zest and lemon juice with almond extract. A little almond extract goes a long way!

Feel free to add chocolate chips to the batter.

How to Serve & Store

Serve Vegan pound cake once cooled down and glazed.

Serve with coffee or tea.

Store leftovers covered at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between pound cake and butter cake?

Butter cake is usually larger and lighter in texture than pound cake. Pound cakes are typically smaller and more dense in texture.

What makes pound cake more moist?

There are several ways to make pound cake more moist. First, the yogurt (or sour cream) makes it more moist. Do not over mix batter. In addition, do not over bake.

Do I need to make the glaze?

No! Glaze is highly recommended, but optional.

Slices of vanilla cake.

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Vegan pound cake with lemon icing.

Get the Recipe: Vegan Pound Cake

This Vegan pound cake is sweet, moist and delicious! It has a subtle lemon flavor. The 2 ingredient lemon icing is smooth and creamy. This gluten free pound cake is great for breakfast or dessert!
4.43 from 7 votes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Vegan butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup coconut yogurt
  • 2 cups gluten free 1 to 1 flour, or all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Glaze

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar

Instructions 

  • First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Add Vegan butter and granulated sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix until creamy and no clumps of butter remain.
  • Then, add in vanilla extract, lemon juice, lemon zest, and coconut yogurt. Stir to combine.
  • Add in flour and baking powder. Stir until just barely combined. Do not over mix!
  • Add batter to lined loaf pan.
  • Bake for 38 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Finally, remove from oven. Allow cake to cool for at least 1 hour before making glaze.
  • To make glaze, add lemon juice and powdered sugar to a bowl. Stir until combined. Add more lemon juice for a thinner glaze.
  • Remove pound cake from pan. Place on parchment paper on top of wire rack. Drizzle with glaze. Slice and serve!

Notes

  • I love Earth Balance Vegan butter sticks for this recipe.
  • For this recipe, I used Kite Hill unsweetened coconut yogurt.
  • If desired, substitute coconut yogurt with Vegan sour cream.
  • The batter will be very thick.  Do not over mix!  Stir until just barely combined.
  • Bake pound cake until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • The glaze is very tangy and lemony.  Feel free to substitute lemon juice with dairy free milk for a more neutral flavor.
  • Store leftovers covered at room temperature for up to 4 days.
  • This pound cake tends to become more moist the second and third days.
Calories: 390kcal, Carbohydrates: 72g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Sodium: 202mg, Potassium: 40mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 38g, Vitamin A: 540IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 102mg, Iron: 0.3mg

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