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Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Blueberry Cake

This Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Blueberry Cake is so easy to make, super fruity, and includes a delicious cream cheese frosting!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten-free lemon blueberry cake, gluten-free vegan cake, vegan birthday cake, vegan lemon blueberry cake
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 418kcal

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 60 g (1/4 cup) coconut oil (or sub olive or vegetable oil)
  • 200 ml (4/5 cup) unsweetened almond milk (or any other plant-based milk)
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice *
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 8 tablespoons maple syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch (Pinch) salt
  • 150 g (1 1/4 cup) ground almonds (almond meal) **
  • 150 g (1 1/4 cup) gluten-free flour blend (or sub plain flour if not gluten-free)
  • 2 heaped teaspoons baking powder (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 100 g (1 cup) fresh blueberries

For the frosting

  • 400 g (14 oz) tin of full-fat coconut milk ***
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

To decorate:

  • 150 g (1 1/2 cups) fresh blueberries

Instructions

For the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Place the coconut oil in a large bowl and melt over a saucepan of boiling water or in the microwave (skip this step if using any other oil)
  • Once melted, add the milk to the same bowl along with the lemon juice, lemon zest, maple syrup, vanilla, salt and ground almonds
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda
  • Mix well, adding a tiny splash more milk if it’s looking too dry
  • Add the fresh blueberries and fold in gently, to make sure you don’t crush them
  • Transfer mixture into a greased baking tin lined with baking paper (I used a 7inch springform baking tin)
  • Bake in oven for around 30 minutes until risen and golden brown and an inserted skewer comes out clean
  • Once out the oven, leave to cool completely on a wire rack before applying the frosting

For the frosting:

  • You’ll need to keep your tin of coconut milk in the fridge overnight for the rich creamy bit to separate from the watery bit at the bottom. Make sure it is full fat coconut milk, otherwise this separation won’t happen and you won’t be able to make this cream!
  • Open the tin upside down – the coconut cream will be at the bottom and you can just pour off the watery liquid (save this for adding to soups or smoothies)
  • Place the thick, creamy part into a bowl
  • Add the lemon juice, maple syrup and vanilla extract
  • Use an electric whisk (or a manual one and a lot of elbow grease) to whip up the coconut cream until light and fluffy

To decorate:

  • Carefully spread the frosting over the top of the cake
  • Top with fresh blueberries
  • Best when fresh but keeps covered in the fridge for up to a few days

Notes

*The lemon juice is crucial as its acidity needs to react with the alkali bicarbonate of soda to make the sponge fluffy. If you don’t want to use lemon juice, substitute with 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar instead
**You can alternatively use almond flour
***You can alternatively use 200g (7oz) coconut yogurt
Although this cake does taste best when fresh, it does keep well covered in the fridge for up to a few days. For super fluffy frosting, you should make it fresh just before serving, but the frosting will retain its shape and texture for a good few days.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Blueberry Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 418 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 16g80%
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 223mg6%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 9.8mg12%
Calcium 129mg13%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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