Tangy & Sweet: Vegan Lemon Glaze Recipe

Hey there, fellow foodies! Are you ready to take a deliciously citrusy journey with me? As a vegan chef, I’m always on the lookout for exciting and awesome recipes that cater to plant-based diets. Today, I’m so excited to share one of my latest creations: Vegan Lemon Glaze Recipe.

This tangy and luscious lemon glaze is the perfect addition to any vegan pound cake or lemon loaf. The glaze is made with only a handful of ingredients, such as fresh lemon juice, powdered sugar, and vegan butter, which keeps it nice and simple – yet still utterly scrumptious!

I know what you’re thinking: “Lemon glaze? How difficult could that be?”. I was once that skeptic too, but trust me when I say- this recipe is different! Unlike other recipes you might have tried before, this Vegan Lemon Glaze Recipe boasts an extra layer of tanginess that’s sure to give your dessert the perfect balance of sweet and sour.

But let me tell you – this recipe isn’t just for those who follow a plant-based diet. It’s for anyone who wants to take their cake game to the next level! In fact, it’s so delectable that even non-vegans are often shocked to find out that it has been made without dairy or eggs.

So why wait? Let’s dive into this super easy recipe so you can be on your way to impressing everyone with this zesty Vegan Lemon Glaze Recipe. Get excited because things are about to get seriously lemony!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Vegan Lemon Glaze
Vegan Lemon Glaze

Who doesn’t love a tangy and sweet lemon glaze drizzled over a fluffy pound cake? And the best part is that this recipe is completely vegan! You won’t be able to tell the difference between this and the traditional version that typically relies on eggs and dairy.

Firstly, this vegan lemon glaze recipe only requires six simple ingredients, including fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, and powdered sugar. This means that it’s an easy recipe to whip up in a hurry and doesn’t require any complicated techniques.

Moreover, the versatility of this glaze means that you can pair it with a variety of desserts like loaf cakes, pound cakes, or even use it as icing for cupcakes. It also has the perfect texture – grainy yet smooth enough to spread and stick onto your dessert without dripping off.

Lastly, making this recipe requires minimal effort while producing maximum flavor. With just one bowl and whisk, you can have the perfect lemon glaze in less than 10 minutes! Plus, it gives any cake or baked good an instant refreshment with its sweet but sour flavor combination.

In conclusion, this vegan lemon glaze recipe is a must-have in any dessert lover’s repertoire. Its simplicity means that it’s accessible to seasoned bakers and newbies alike. The taste is unbeatable no matter how you choose to serve it. So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try – I guarantee you’ll be hooked!

Ingredient List

 A refreshing lemon glaze to drizzle on your favorite vegan desserts
A refreshing lemon glaze to drizzle on your favorite vegan desserts

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of this vegan lemon glaze recipe by going through the list of ingredients that you will need to create a perfectly tangy and sweet glaze! Here are your key ingredients:

  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Powdered sugar

In addition to these, you’ll also need some additional pantry staples such as vegan butter and vanilla extract. Let’s take a deeper dive into everything that will make this recipe come to life!

Required Ingredients:
Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp Lemon zest

Wet Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp Fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp Vegan butter, melted
  • ½ tsp Vanilla extract

Make sure that you have all these ingredients in your pantry before starting. Now let’s move on to the next section and get started with creating the perfect vegan lemon glaze!

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect combination of sweet and tangy flavors in one glaze
The perfect combination of sweet and tangy flavors in one glaze

Alright, let’s get down to business here. I’ve whipped up an easy vegan lemon glaze recipe that even non-vegans will love. So, grab your apron and let’s get started!


To make the amazing vegan lemon glaze, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 teaspoon of a fresh lemon
  • Up to 3 tablespoons of additional lemon juice, as needed
  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ tablespoon vegan butter, melted


This method is as easy as 1,2,3!

  1. In small bowl, mix together powdered sugar and fresh lemon zest.
  2. Add in fresh lemon juice, melted vegan butter and stir until smooth. You may also add additional lemon juice, one tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  3. Carefully pour glaze over cooled vegan pound cake or loaf cake and enjoy!

You can make this vegan lemon glaze ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Bonus Tip

For a more zesty variation of this recipe, add in a few drops of lemon extract. Trust me on this one! The extra depth of flavour definitely takes this recipe up a notch.

Now you’re ready to impress your friends with this easy vegan lemon glaze recipe that tastes just like summer sunshine!

Substitutions and Variations

 Add a pop of color to your baked goods with this vibrant lemon glaze
Add a pop of color to your baked goods with this vibrant lemon glaze

Hey there, vegan foodies! Are you always looking for ways to switch things up and keep your taste buds entertained? Don’t you worry, I have got you covered! Here are some substitutions and variations you can use to put your spin on this delicious Vegan Lemon Glaze Recipe:

1. Sugar: Instead of powdered sugar, you can use other sweeteners like granulated sugar or even maple syrup. However, keep in mind that the texture may differ slightly.

2. Flour: Looking for a gluten-free option? Swap out the regular flour for an alternative like almond flour or coconut flour. Be aware that this will affect the consistency of the cake.

3. Citrus Flavors: While this recipe calls for lemon zest and juice, feel free to experiment with other citrusy flavors like lime or grapefruit.

4. Loaf Cake: Although pound cake is used in the recipe, you can make the glaze for any cake of your choice! Try it out on a sponge cake or even a lemon bundt cake.

5. Butter: Swap vegan butter for coconut oil or another vegan margarine if desired.

6. Vanila Extract: Add a splash of vanilla extract to the glaze to give your dessert an added layer of flavor.

7. Blueberry Flavor: You can also experiment with incorporating blueberries into this recipe by using a blueberry pound cake or adding fresh blueberries to the glaze.

Remember, don’t be afraid to mix things up and try new things in the kitchen! The possibilities are endless with this vegan lemon glaze recipe.

Serving and Pairing

 This versatile glaze can be used on cakes, breads, muffins and more
This versatile glaze can be used on cakes, breads, muffins and more

Now that your vegan lemon glaze is ready, it’s time to think about how you’ll enjoy it. This deliciously zesty glaze is truly versatile and pairs well with so many treats. You can serve it over freshly baked vegan pound cake, lemon cake, or even a lemon loaf. The citrusy notes of this glaze can also add brightness to a sticky blueberry-infused pound cake, turning it into an irresistible dessert.

You can also use this glaze as a dipping sauce for vanilla sponge cake or drizzle it over warm vegan butter scones. Trust me when I say this glaze will turn any baked good into a delectable treat. For an indulgent twist, whip up a lemon buttercream frosting and sandwich between two layers of vegan lemon cake.

If you’re seeking a healthier option, try pairing this lemon glaze with fresh fruit such as berries or pomegranate seeds. The sweet tanginess of the fruit compliments the zesty flavor of the glaze perfectly.

Finally, if you’re in the mood for an artisanal beverage with your dessert, try pairing your glazed delicacies with a refreshing herbal tea. Chamomile and lemongrass teas in particular bring out the lemony notes of this glaze.

However you choose to enjoy this delicious vegan lemon glaze, know that its potent zest will elevate any dish into something truly exceptional.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Give your vegan desserts that professional finish with this easy-to-make glaze
Give your vegan desserts that professional finish with this easy-to-make glaze

Alright folks, let’s talk about how to make this vegan Lemon Glaze recipe ahead of time, store it, and reheat it for later.

First things first, making the glaze ahead of time is easy! It can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before you plan on using it. When you are ready to use the glaze, take it out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before you plan to apply it to your cake. This will allow it to come back to room temperature and achieve that perfect consistency that makes every bite of cake even more delicious.

Now let’s talk about storing Lemon Glaze. If you happen to have leftovers, which is unlikely given how delicious this glaze is, simply store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It will thicken slightly but will still taste amazing.

And last but not least, reheating the glaze is also simple. Just microwave it at 50% power for 10 seconds or until loose and runny again. You can then drizzle it over your leftover cake, and enjoy that same mouth-watering taste as if freshly made.

So there you have it folks, making the vegan Lemon Glaze recipe ahead of time, storing and reheating it is as easy as pie! With these tips, feel free to enjoy this sweet treat anytime without worrying about the leftovers!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The lovely scent of lemon will fill your kitchen as you make this glaze
The lovely scent of lemon will fill your kitchen as you make this glaze

Now that you’ve got the vegan lemon glaze recipe, let’s ensure that it turns out perfectly every time. Here are some tips and tricks to follow for optimal results:

– First off, make sure that you use fresh lemons for maximum flavor impact. Squeeze the lemons as soon as possible before making the glaze to ensure its zesty taste.

– When zesting your lemon , take care to only remove the yellow outer layer and avoid getting any of the white pith. The pith tastes bitter and will ruin your glaze’s texture.

– To make a grainy texture glaze, substitute granulated sugar for powdered sugar.

– If you’re making lemon loaf or bundt cake, you can make a sticky lemon drizzle by melting some vegan butter and adding powdered sugar and fresh lemon juice. Drizzle it over the top of your cake while it’s still warm.

– If the vegan butter texture is too hard, microwave it for 10 seconds and mix again until it reaches the desired consistency.

– Be careful not to overmix the glaze ingredients or else you’ll end up with a runny consistency.

– When pouring the glaze over the pound cake, do it gradually in layers rather than all at once, this will ensure even coverage without making a mess on your countertop.

– Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations like adding blueberries to make a lemon blueberry pound cake or changing up ingredients like using almond flour instead of traditional flour for a gluten-free sponge cake.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make a perfect vegan lemon glaze every time.


Before you get started with the recipe, let’s take a moment to answer some frequently asked questions. Whether you are a new baker or an experienced cook looking for tips on how to make the perfect lemon glaze, this section will answer every question you have in mind. Let’s dive in!

What is lemon glaze made of?

Livening up a dessert with a lemon glaze can be an effortless way to infuse it with a tangy and revitalizing taste. For a simple yet delicious lemon glaze, all you need are three ingredients: confectioners’ sugar, milk, and either fresh lemon juice or lemon extract.

Why is my lemon glaze grainy?

A common issue with glazes is the grainy texture it can develop. This can be avoided by opting for powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar in your recipe. Furthermore, sifting the powdered sugar beforehand will prevent clumps and ensure a smooth glaze.

How do you make lemon drizzle cake Jamie Oliver?

This recipe calls for softened unsalted butter, self-raising flour and golden caster sugar in equal amounts of 250 grams each. You’ll also need four large free-range eggs, a teaspoon of natural yellow food colouring and two lemons. To prepare the icing, you’ll need 400 grams of icing sugar. Don’t forget to have some extra butter on hand for greasing and flour for dusting.

What is baking glaze made of?

Glaze is made with powdered sugar and a liquid. The consistency of the glaze can be adjusted by adding more liquid to make it thinner. Different flavors can be incorporated into the glaze by using melted chocolate, extracts, jams, or fruit juice.

Bottom Line

I hope you enjoyed making this delectable vegan lemon glaze recipe as much as I did! This recipe is perfect for anyone who loves fresh, tangy flavors and vegan desserts. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a sweet and tart glaze that will take your cake or loaf to the next level.

One of the best things about this recipe is its versatility. You can use it on any type of cake or bread you desire, from classic pound cake to flavorful blueberry loaf. The possibilities are endless!

So why not give this easy vegan lemon glaze a try? It’s the perfect finishing touch for any baked goods, and its grainy texture and bright flavor will leave your taste buds wanting more. Plus, with only a handful of ingredients, it’s incredibly easy to make.

Thanks for reading! And don’t forget, if you’re looking for more delicious vegan recipes check out minimalist baker, they have a great collection of recipes made with almond flour, instead of wheat flour so they’re also gluten-free friendly!

Vegan Lemon Glaze

Vegan Lemon Glaze Recipe

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 1 cup
Calories 944.3 kcal


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  • In a bowl, beat together sugar, zest and juice.
  • Spoon or drizzle over cooled cupcakes.

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Serving: 286gCalories: 944.3kcalCarbohydrates: 242.8gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSodium: 5.4mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 235.9g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Dessert, Easy, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein
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