Saturday, August 14, 2010

Lovely Lemon Snack Cake (vegan, gluten-free, and allergen-free) - Kim's Welcoming Kitchen

As a dessert lover, I think it's a shame to keep cake for special occasions only.  I'm a big fan of snack cakes that you cut into squares and enjoy after dinner on any old Tuesday night.  This cake turned out exactly how I was hoping!  It's moist and lemony and has a nice texture.

The folks at Bob's Red Mill sent me samples of their new gluten-free oat flour and gluten-free quick cooking oats.  I used the GF oat flour for this recipe, and it really turned out great.  Is it completely fooling myself to think that I could serve this as a breakfast treat?  It does have whole-grain oat flour, healthy coconut oil, lemon juice and coconut yogurt.  I know ... it's a stretch, but it would be great as a sweet component of a brunch.

This cake tastes great on its own, or you could dress it up a little with a sprinkling of powdered sugar or a drizzle of lemon icing.

Lovely Lemon Snack Cake

1 1/2 cups gluten-free oat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup sugar (I used vegan cane sugar.)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup coconut milk yogurt (plain, vanilla or coconut flavor)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon gluten-free vinegar (white or apple cider)

Preheat oven to 350.
Grease a 8- or 9-inch square pan with coconut oil.
In a medium bowl, whisk together oat flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and salt.  Set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine applesauce with 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.
Add sugar, lemon juice, yogurt, coconut oil and vanilla to applesauce mixture.  Mix well.
Add dry ingredients to wet, being careful not to overstir.
Add vinegar to batter, stir to incorporate.
Pour batter into greased pan.
Bake 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, and the cake is a golden brown and set.
Let cool completely before cutting and serving.

Happy Cooking!

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    1. Lemony yumminess! Can't wait to try this! I love baking with So Delicious coconut milk yogurt! Their coconut milk kefir makes a great dairy-free substitute for buttermilk, too.

    2. Thanks for the tip, Anita. I just bought some of the vanilla-flavored coconut milk kefir for smoothies. I didn't even think about it for baking. Hmmmm....

    3. That cake looks delicious! I like cake more on the dense side (not a fluffy cake girl) and that looks so rich and delicious!

    4. Kim,
      It was great to talk to you today. Thanks for all the info! I love your blog. This lemon cake looks great. We make gluten-free oatmeal for breakfast all the time, but I haven't cooked with GF oat flour yet. I can't wait to try it!

      I'm looking forward to meeting you and enjoying some gluten-free and allergy-free goodness.

      Thanks again!


    5. Yum! Lemon Cake is my favorite. What a lovely recipe. Can't wait to bake it. Thanks for sharing at Allergy Friendly Friday! Also, I never got a review copy of your book! DId you ever send it? Still willing to write a review if you like.


    6. I love anything with lemon! And, I use coconut oil, milk, and yogurt very often in my baking. So this sounds perfect. This could certainly work for breakfast, if the sugar were cut down a bit - might also try subbing agave (or honey and cutting the other liquids in the recipe. I'll try it and let you know.

    7. Melanie,
      Can't wait to hear how it goes with the changes!

    8. I just came across your website and I am in love with the dessert section! These lemon bars look great! I can't wait to try whipping them up in the kitchen soon! Thanks for all the great posts!

    9. Thanks, Alaine!

      As you can tell, we love our sweets around here!

    10. I agree that snack cakes are yummy. I'm going to have to try this. I love lemon.