Thursday, January 19, 2012

Improv Challenge Vegan Lemon Cake with Sour Cream Icing

This is Improv Challenge number 2 for me.  Thanks so much to Kristen for hosting us all here.

The ingredients this month were lemon and sour cream.

I could not have been happier with these two because as soon as I heard them I knew I wanted to make cake.

Not just any ordinary cake but vegan lemon cake with sour cream icing (yes they do make vegan sour cream).

This is just a simple, single layer, cake with mild lemon flavor.  Perfect with a cup of hot tea, or coffee.


1 lemon (juice and rind)
1 1/2 C all purpose flour
1 C sugar
1 tsp baking soda
6 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla

In bowl place your flour, sugar, and baking soda.  Then mix together.

In a measuring cup put the grated rind of your lemon, juice of the lemon, and then fill the measuring cup up with water to reach the 1 C mark.

Pour into dry ingredients and then add your oil, vinegar, and vanilla.

Mix thoroughly and place in an ungreased cake pan (I used a spring form pan, but you could also use an 8" square).

Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.

If you double the recipe you could make a layer cake.

Sour Cream Icing:

4 Tbsp Earth Balance (softened)
1/2 C vegan sour cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
2 3/4 - 3 C powdered sugar

Mix all of the ingredients and then ice the cooled cake.

You should start out with about 2 3/4 C sugar but if you want it thicker just add a little more.  I ended up using about 3 cups because I wanted a thicker consistency.

The end result was delicious and approved by 3 out of 3 children.

The cake is incredibly moist and could stand on its own as a quick bread, but the icing just adds a little yum factor.

Here have a slice!

Be sure to check out the other tasty creations my fellow bloggers have put together with lemon and sour cream.

I hope you have a wonderful Thursday.

Improv Challenge


  1. Hello fellow Improver! This looks delicious. I just want to eat the whole thing! Come on over and visit. We made a terrific soup for the challenge.

  2. That's a new one for me - I had no idea they made a vegan sour cream! Love how the icing drips over the side just beckoning to me!

  3. Guess I'm not the only one baking with lemon this week:-) Your cake looks terrific!

  4. This looks delicious. I love how you have the icing dropping over the sides. I dropped by from the Improv Challenge!

  5. This looks like such an elegant cake - sounds perfect for tea or coffee :) I'm loving this challenge, so glad I joined.

  6. This is seriously tempting! I love your idea for this month's challenge. Following your blog :)

  7. What brand is the sour cream. I have used Tofutti sour cream to avoid the dairy. Your photo is calling my name.

  8. Hi Rachel!

    Oh, that is a very tempting slice of cake! It looks delicious! So nice stopping by to meet you!

    Kindly, Lorraine

  9. I haven't done any vegan cooking yet but I've been wanting to give it a try...this cake looks like a great starting place!

  10. Oh how I love a simple lemon cake. And your glaze looks just amazing!!! : )

  11. looks delish! (Your cake recipe looks like "wacky cake" gone lemon instead of cocoa -- what a great idea!)

  12. I'm going to pass on your site to my niece. She's vegan and keeps asking me about substitutes for recipes and I'm totally at a loss. I don't believe I've seen vegan sour cream here but where she is, she'll have no problem. Thanks!

  13. I love the sound of the icing!

  14. I have this high weakness for any food with sour flavor and yes, this cake will be one of those I will try out, simple and being vegan is all the most great. Since of late I have become a vegetarian but still cook meat for my hubby. With having just started my baking journey, a simple cake makes it easy for me. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Amazing work Rachel! This cake looks super scrumptious... and hats off to you for making it all vegan! :) I must find out whether we can buy vegan sour cream over here as it would be so useful for dinners and desserts.

  16. We don't have vegan sour cream here but I will definitely be giving this a try. Lemon and sour cream -- yum! Anything with those two ingredients has got to be good.. Best wishes to you, Tammy

  17. Wow does this recipe look delicious! I love lemon-flavored cake! And I have got to try that icing =)

  18. I am hoping that everyone, no matter what their diet, will be able to find things to make with the chosen improv ingredients. You did a fabulous job with that cake!!

  19. Great use of the lemon and sour cream...and hat's off for being able to make it vegan! Your cake looks delicious. :)

  20. Ah, what a fabulous cake! Love the dripping icing...makes me want to dive in with my finger :)

  21. Definitely drooling at this one - sour cream, tart lemon - looks incredibly delicious!