Citrus cakes are my absolute favourite in summer, lemon & poppyseed loaf is one of my favourites, but orange is definitely my most favourite citrus flavour, and I rarely see orange flavoured cakes on instagram or pinterest, so I adapted my favourite lemon and poppyseed recipe! I've been vegan for over a year, and I still find it difficult to find recipes that are simple and straight forward and don't require hard to source and expensive ingredients. This one uses things that are always found in your cupboard, and should be fairly easy and cheap to get hold of if not!

  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 185g caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp poppyseeds 
  • 120ml oil (vegetable is best, but any type will do)
  • 230ml vegan milk (I use soy, but almond would be fine too)
  • juice of 3 large oranges
  • zest of 4 large oranges
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/ 350F. Line and grease a loaf tin.
  2. Sift the self-raising flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add the sugar and poppy seeds and mix with a wooden spoon.
  3. In a separate bowl, add the oil, soy milk, vanilla extract, orange juice and orange zest. 
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. As with most vegan cakes, the mixture will be thinner than 'normal' cake batter, so don't be worried if it comes out thinner than you'd expect.
  5. Pour into the loaf tin and bake for around an hour. Test with a skewer or a toothpick to make sure the loaf is cooked all the way through. 
  6. If you wish, leave the cake to cool and ice using icing sugar mixed with tsp of juice from the orange. 
  7. Top with orange zest and poppy seeds. The cake should last around 3 days in an airtight container.

And there you have it! Honestly one of the easiest no-nonsense vegan cake recipes I've followed, and the results come out perfectly! Let me know how it goes if you try it! What are your favourite vegan cake recipes?

All my love,

Em x