Vegan Lemon Cake with Lemon Essential Oil

This was a recipe that turned out so well I made it twice, just to check it wasn’t a fluke. I just couldn’t believe that the ingredients I used made such a delicious cake!

Vegan Lemon Cake

It’s only recently that I’ve become a fan of citrus. When there was cake it was always chocolate or vanilla for me, never anything fruity. And with fragrances I always chose floral. But I’ve been converted – as I write I have orange essential oil in my diffuser, and a slice of lemon cake by my side!

Another thing I’ve learned recently, aside from a new love of citrus, is that essential oils can be used in cooking and baking. I was sent a selection of Young Living’s ‘Plus’ Oils, which included lemon, so it had to be a cake to try it out! Essential oils not only add flavour to your food, they have health benefits too. Lemon oil, when taken internally, can help aid digestion and support respiratory function. The lemon essential oil is completely optional in this cake, but I loved using it in mine.

Vegan Lemon Cake

This lemon cake is dairy and egg free, and contains coconut oil, which is a true superfood, a ‘healthy’ fat and great for cooking and baking.
Vegan Lemon Cake

So delicious, and went down very well with my toddler too! I hope you enjoy making it. I have to add.. as you can tell from the images I made my icing far too runny.. so add the water slowly when making the icing to avoid this, it’s a shame to waste it!

Vegan Lemon Drizzle Cake with Lemon Essential Oil

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Category: Cakes

Cuisine: Vegan

Yield: 12

Calories per serving: 277

Fat per serving: 10.8

Carbs per serving: 41.4

Protein per serving: 2.4

Vegan Lemon Drizzle Cake with Lemon Essential Oil

Dairy and egg free, light, fluffy and delicious lemon drizzle cake.


  • 275g plain flour
  • 200g Caster sugar
  • 2 heaped tsp Baking powder
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 100ml Coconut oil
  • 170ml Carbonated water
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 3 drops of Young Living Lemon Plus Essential Oil (optional)
  • 150g Icing Sugar and the juice of half a lemon for the icing


  1. Gently melt the coconut oil in a glass jug over a pan of hot water, and leave to cool
  2. Mix together the flour, sugar, lemon zest and baking powder in a large bowl
  3. Add the carbonated water, lemon juice, lemon oil to the melted coconut oil.
  4. Make a well in the centre of your dry ingredients and slowly mix in the wet ingredients. Mix with an election mixer until just mixed.
  5. Pour your mixture into a lined loaf tray, and bake for around 40 minutes at 200 degrees centigrade, until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Leave your cake to cool on a wire rack then make the icing by mixing the icing sugar with the lemon juice, another drop of Lemon Plus oil if you are using it, and a little still water until the icing is at the right consistency.

If you’re interested in Young Living Essential Oils you can sign up and order here. If you have any questions then please let me know. I’m experimenting so much with these amazing oils at the moment so will be sharing more recipes and tips very soon!

Vegan Lemon Cake

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Mama of two beautiful boys. I’m veggie, vintage loving, a bit of a crafter and a bit of a hippy. I love the countryside and pretty things.


  1. Miracle Max | 11th Jul 17

    I’m an oddball really as I adore citrus smells but not keen on the taste of them. This does look delicious though. Jo x
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  2. Jenny | 11th Jul 17

    I had no idea you could use Essential Oils in baking, thanks for the tip!
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  3. Lynne Harper | 12th Jul 17

    This sounds and looks incredible I do love a good vegan cake. I’m also a massive lover of lemon yummy

  4. Gareth Torrance | 12th Jul 17

    The looks amazing! And it sounds like it is really tasty! I bet my little princess would love it too!
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  5. Ashleigh Dougherty | 12th Jul 17

    Yummy! I love lemon cake but have never baked my very own one before.

  6. Jess | The Indigo Hours | 13th Jul 17

    This looks and sounds gorgeous, anything lemon ticks all my boxes!
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