Vegan Lemon Pound Cake

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Flavorful Vegan Lemon Pound Cake is moist and buttery with a refreshing taste of lemon. Vegan and gluten-free and easy to prepare topped with a two-ingredient lemon glaze.

Vegan Lemon Pound Cake


Southern Lemon Pound Cake

Recently, I made a Lemon Pound Cake recipe and it was such a big hit I decided I had to make it for my reader, so I went out and bought more lemons.

The next day a reader tagged me on Facebook requesting a recipe for pound cake. I searched for my Lemon Pound Cake recipe from scratch and decided to make it again and share it here on my website.


I’m crazy about lemon flavors and two of my other great recipes are my Blueberry Lemon Bread and Blueberry Lemon Muffins.

Here are the reasons why this simple lemon glazed pound cake was such a delightful treat:

  1. Moist
  2. Refreshing
  3. Lemony
  4. Scrumptious
  5. Rich
  6. Fluffy
  7. Just the right sweetness
  8. Tender

What You Will Need To Make Vegan Lemon Pound Cake

  1. Gluten-Free all-purpose flour, I used Pillsbury All Purpose, I’m not sure that other brands will work.
  2. Fresh Lemons -Juice and zest for great lemony taste
  3. Sugar, I love organic cane sugar – Florida Crystals
  4. Baking Powder, aluminum-free baking powder like Rumford or Hain
  5. Turmeric, I added a pinch for the yellow color
  6. Salt, I love to use Redmond Real Salt
  7. Almond Milk or any non-dairy milk
  8. Ground flaxseeds. to act as a binder. I used yellow so it would blend with the color of the pound cake.
  9. Coconut oil, for a moist cake but you can substitute with applesauce.
  10. Lemon glaze for pound cake.
  11. 9x5x2 baking pan

How To Make Lemon Pound Cake

How To Make A Lemon Pound Cake?

To make this lemon pound cake from scratch, mix almond milk, ground flaxseeds, lemon juice, coconut oil and lemon zest in a medium bowl and set aside. Combine the gluten-free flour, sugar, baking powder, turmeric and salt in a large bowl.

Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients until smooth. Pour batter into a prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely then add the lemon glaze.

Check out my other Gluten-Free, Vegan Bread:

  1. Vegan Blueberry Pineapple Bread
  2. Strawberry Banana Bread
  3. Blueberry Lemon Bread
  4. Vegan Persimmon Bread
  5. Berry Banana Bread

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Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Pound Cake



(Per 100g)
  • Energy: 140 kcal / 585 kJ
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Protein: 35 g
  • Carbs: 11 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 20 min
  • Cooking: 1 h
  • Ready in: 1 h 25 min
  • For:
  • 10 servings


Lemon Pound Cake



Pound Cake

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees. Line baking pan with parchment paper, lightly grease and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix gluten-free flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and turmeric and mix well.
  3. In medium bowl, mix almond milk, ground flaxseeds, lemon juice, oil, lemon zest and stir to combine.
  4. Mix both dry ingredients and wet ingredients until batter is smooth.
  5. Scoop batter into a prepared 9x5x2 pan and bake in preheated oven for about 60 minutes. Remove from oven, place on a cooling rack and allow pound cake to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert and remove from pan to cool completely, top with lemon glaze.

Lemon Glaze

  1. Mix together powdered sugar plus lemon juice in a medium bowl. Spread over lemon pound cake.


  1. For the powdered sugar, make your own by blending organic cane sugar in a high-speed blender.
  2. Make them into muffins instead of pound cake.
  3. You can add 2 drops of lemon oil to boost the flavor even though it is great without it.

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Kaytee
    May 11, 2020

    It is so easy to make and delicious. It looked just like your picture, the texture and smell was very inviting. My family enjoyed it so much, I have to make another in a few days. A little too sweet next time will use less sugar. I did not have flax seeds so I use Tahiti paste and it was delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us, it really helps to eat healthier. God Bless you.!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      May 11, 2020

      Kaytee, I’m so happy you and your family enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your adjustments, I really appreciate it.

  2. Charnele
    April 30, 2019

    This cake was a hit for my non-vegan family. They said it was one of the best cakes they ever tasted. I made it for a baby shower and also for Thanksgiving and there were no left overs and I was asked why didn’t I make more. This is one of my favorite recipes of yours. I cannot wait to try other desserts on this site

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 30, 2019

      Charnele, you make my day, thank you very much for your feedback. I’m so happy your family enjoyed it. Thank you for trying my recipes!

  3. Evon Bush
    February 7, 2019

    I made this cake last night and had it for lunch today. Excellent recipe. I used Gold Metal flour and it came out just like the picture. It was lemony and very moist. Will make it again. Thanks

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 7, 2019

      Evan, I’m glad you enjoyed it and it turned out great with your adjustments. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Susan
    January 7, 2019

    I made this last night. It came out really good, even better the next day. Unfortunately, it wasn’t nearly as pretty as yours.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 7, 2019

      Susan, I’m so happy it turned out good for you, Thank you for your compliment. I have been practicing to take food photos constantly now for over 7 years.

  5. Job
    December 21, 2018

    When measuring the coconut oil do you melt it and measure the 1/3 cup (using as liquid), or do you measure it as a solid and use it as solid (or melt after measuring solid)? I’m never clear on this unless recipe specifically states it. I’d like to make this before Christmas, so any advice would be appreciated.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      December 21, 2018

      Hello Job, it is 1/3 cup coconut oil melted. So melt the coconut oil and measure enough for 1/3 cup liquid melted coconut. Thank you for trying and I hope you enjoy!

  6. Patricia
    October 20, 2018

    Had wanted a lemon dessert for a while.
    This lemon pound cake is so good!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 21, 2018

      Thank you Patricia for your feedback. I am so happy you love it.

  7. Quesa Jones
    August 26, 2018

    This cake is phenomenal! I’ve made it about 5 times now and every time it’s been delicious. Each time I’ve used white spelt flour since I keep that on hand.

    Before going pesco-vegan I used to occasionally enjoy a slice of Starbucks lemon pound cake. Alas, I’ve found a much healthier and even tastier replacement. You don’t even need the glaze. Simply delicious and so quick and easy to make!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 26, 2018

      Oh wow, Quesa thank you for your amazing feedback, I have never had Starbucks lemon pound cake so I’m tickled by this. I’m so happy you love it.

    • Holly
      October 16, 2018

      Hi ladies! Wow what an amazing cake ? I am really new to the baking world and this seems right up our street all the flavours and colours too. My 15 month old son and 2.5 year old daughter have so many different allergies I have to be so careful. This is perfect ❤️ I can’t get that brand of gluten free flour over here, is there a reason as to why other brands wouldn’t work, or do we think any should work would there be a difference?

      • Michelle Blackwood
        October 16, 2018

        Hello Holly, thank you for your kind words. As a mother, I understand your dilemma in dealing with allergies. I’m happy you found my site. I only mentioned that brand because that was what was available in my local store at the time since then I’m baking with Krusteaz all-purpose gluten-free flour and its better so with that I believe you can at least use the brand that is available in your location. Hope you enjoy.

  8. Stacey
    June 4, 2018

    Well this is happening soon! I love all that lemon and I love pound cake, it looks so good!

  9. Natalie
    June 4, 2018

    Lemon flavored desserts are my favorite during Summer and I love pound cakes because they are super easy to make. This looks PERFECT. I absolutely love the addition of turmeric. Brilliant idea to make cake brighter and healthier :)

  10. Heather
    June 4, 2018

    Talk about scrumptious!! This looks so moist and packed with lemon flavor. Lemon pound cake is a weakness of mine and this recipe looks so easy to make! Definitely on my To Do list!

  11. Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago
    June 3, 2018

    Lemon pound cake is so tasty. I love that this version is vegan!

  12. Jessica Robinson
    June 3, 2018

    Gotta love a great lemon pound cake with fresh lemon zest. I’ll be sharing with my gluten free girlfriends!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 3, 2018

      Thank you Jessica.

  13. Sri Mallya
    June 3, 2018

    I love lemon in any form and this sounds wonderful. Perfect with cup of coffee

  14. Marisa Franca
    June 3, 2018

    What a great recipe not only for the gluten intolerant but for anyone who loves the taste of lemons. I’m in the latter camp. There isn’t anything that is lemony tasting that I don’t like. I will have to make this recipe.

  15. Amanda Mason
    June 3, 2018

    Your ingredient list is SO clean!! I didn’t know that Pillsbury made a gluten free all purpose flour! I think I’ll try this using applesauce – yummy! Looks and sounds delish!

    • job
      December 20, 2018

      How did this work out using applesauce?

  16. Sharon
    May 31, 2018

    A lovely lemon pound cake sounds just like the dessert my taste buds have been calling for this Summer.

  17. Kate
    May 31, 2018

    Love it! Love it! Love it!

    I’m more of a sweet-sour than a chocolate person. I’m thinking about accidentally dropping a bit of ginger in here, as well.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      May 31, 2018

      Me too Kate, oh wow ginger sounds awesome. I have some crystallized ginger I bet it would taste amazing in it.

  18. Lea
    May 30, 2018

    This looks and sounds delicious!! Thank you. I pinned it.

  19. Elaine
    May 30, 2018

    This lemon pound cake looks so moist and delicious! I love that it’s vegan and still looks scrumptious!! I’ll be trying this real soon!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      May 30, 2018

      Thank you Elaine, hope you enjoy.

  20. Gloria
    May 29, 2018

    I am a lemon lover…and this looks delicious. Vegan or not….I think every lemon lover would like a slice of this. Perfect with my afternoon latte.