Lemon Overload Cake {gluten free, dairy free, soy free}

When I asked for some ideas and inspiration the other day on Facebook, Jaime sent me a recipe for lemon cake. {Here is the original recipe.} It sounded delicious! But... the recipe didn't fit an allergy diet even a little. So I set out to remedy that problem, and came up with this little gem.

The cake was moist, and just tart enough. Two loaves were gobbled up quickly by our out-of-town guests over the weekend.

For the Cakes, You'll Need:
2 1/2 C. Gluten Free Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Xanthan Gum
1/4 tsp. Salt
2 C. Sugar
Zest of 2 Lemons
1/2 C. Earth Balance Spread
1 tsp. Vanilla
4 Eggs
1/2 C. Coconut Milk

For the Syrup, You'll Need:
1/3 C. Water
1/4 C. Sugar
2 Lemons, Juiced

To Make the Cake:
Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
In another bowl, thoroughly mix the lemon zest and sugar. Don't be afraid to dig your hands in to rub the zest around and really mix it in.
Add Earth Balance and beat thoroughly.
Add eggs and vanilla and beat thoroughly.
Add coconut milk and beat again.
Working in small batches, incorporate the flour mixture.
Pour into two greased loaf pans, and bake at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes. When the cake is done, a toothpick inserted near the center will come out clean.

{Baking Note: My loaf pans are very thin. I kept the bottom of my cakes from browning too quickly by placing the filled pans on top of two stacked cookie sheets, then putting the whole thing in the oven.}

To Make the Syrup:
Combine water and sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat until the sugar melts, and then bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and stir in the lemon juice.
Transfer to a bowl to cool.

To Finish the Cakes:
Let the cakes sit in the pans for several minutes, and then turn onto a wire rack to begin cooling.
While the cakes are still warm, and with something under your wire rack to catch crumbs and spills, begin poking the cakes with a skewer, or a thin, sharp knife. Poke holes all over the tops of both cakes.
Brush the syrup over both cakes, working slowly so that it is absorbed into the cakes rather than rolling over the sides.
Allow the cakes to finish cooling on the wire rack, and then serve.

Shared on... Allergy Free Wednesdays


  1. I can't wait to try these! Just an idea.. if you turn the heat down to 325 and extend the baking time they might "perk" up a bit.

  2. I have been looking for an amazing gf & df lemon cake recipe for a long time. This one looks amazing. I'm featuring it on today's AFW. You can find the link here: http://willingcook.com/allergy-free-wednesdays-november-28-2012/.

    Thanks for your contribution to the Food Allergy Community!

    1. Awesome! Thanks Michelle! It was a very tasty cake ;)


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