This lemon poppy seed loaf cake with cream cheese glaze is the perfect spring treat! It has lots of citrusy flavor with fresh lemon juice and zest. Vegan friendly with gluten and refined sugar free options also included!
Spring is right around the corner, can you believe it?! I feel like we were just celebrating Christmas! Hey, I’ll take it though! I’m kind of over the dreary, cold weather and am excited to get outside again once the weather warms up a bit. My favorite part of the spring season is when all the pretty flowers begin blooming. It has me yearning for warm, sunny days and bright lemony flavored treats!
There’s just something about lemon that automatically makes me think of sunshine, which in turn, makes me happy! Basically, lemon treats bring happiness, so brighten your day with some of this lemon loaf cake! 😜
I testing this cake in several different ways. The first cake I made was free of dairy, gluten, eggs, and refined sugar, which tasted good, but it turned out more flat and a caramel-y brown color, since I used coconut sugar. I added eggs to the next batch, which made it rise much better, with a nice mound in the center of the loaf. In other batches I used all-purpose flour, organic cane sugar, and eggs, which produced the most fluffy cake with a pretty yellow color.
In subsequent batches, I simply omitted the eggs and the cake was still fluffy and moist, but didn’t have the nice mound of the egg loafs. So if you are vegan or egg free, just omit the eggs, no need for flax eggs or other egg alternatives. The cake has enough moisture and flax eggs just made them soggy. If you feel the need to add a flax egg, just be sure to reduce the amount of milk you use by an equal amount. Using gluten-free flours, I found that I needed less liquid, so it has it’s own recipe option below.
I also gave a couple of different glaze options, one using cream cheese and the other a simple powdered sugar glaze. It’s good either way, whatever your preference.
Let me know what you think if you give this cake a try! Be sure to share the love with your friends and family as well! Enjoy!Print