I made this for a family gathering and no one, absolutely no one suspected it was a Vegan cake. Everyone thought it was super delicious and moist. The icing specially is very yummy. It gets a little hard after an hour so it's even more enjoyable.
The texture of the cake is very moist and rich. It smells like lemon since the beginning, every one could tell it was a lemon cake because the smell was so strong (in a good way). It's light and refreshing, great for brunch.
Even though I used white flour for this one, the cake turned out tan because of the sugar. If you want a paler cake, use white sugar. It will end up with a yellowish color because of the lime and lemon.
I hope you enjoy it!
Step 1: Ingredients
For the cake:
2 large Lemons (or limes)
2 tbsp Lime Peel (2 or 3 limes)
1 1/2 cup flour (you can use whole wheat)
1 cup Sugar (I used Turbinado, but use whatever you have on hand)
1 tsp Baking Soda
5 tbsp Oil (I used Canola)
1 tsp Vinegar
1 tsp Vanilla
3/4 cup Water
For the Icing:
2 tbsp Lemon or Lime Juice
3/4 cup Confectioners Sugar
Step 2: Cake Preparation
Put flour, sugar, and baking soda into a mixing bowl and mix well.
Then grate the lime until you have at least 2 tbsp of peel. Juice the lemon to get 3 tbsp of juice. Mix that with water in a separate bowl from the flour mix.
To that add the oil, vanilla and vinegar. Mix very well.
Then pour the wet ingredients into the flour and mix well with a whisk. It will foam a little but keep whisking.
Pour into your baking dish and bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
Step 3: Icing Preparation
Juice the lemons or the limes, or just combine both until you get 2 tbsp of juice.
Then mix with the powdered sugar and pour on top of the cake.
Let it rest for at least an hour for the icing to harden. If you don't care about that, just enjoy it as is.
do not pour the glaze over a hot cake because it will get absorbed and won't look good. Wait until the cake is cool.