Vegan Lemon Matcha Marble Pound Cake [With Lemon Coconut Frosting]

Easy Matcha Marble Pound Cake With Lemons

Pound cake is an easy-to-make dessert that is extremely versatile. In this recipe, I’ll walk you through the steps for making vegan lemon matcha marble pound cake with lemon coconut frosting.

It’s sure to wow your friends at your next get together and no one will even realize that it’s vegan. Once you know how to make the base pound cake and frosting, you’ll be able to add your own twist. I love using the lemon coconut frosting on other baked goods like cupcakes.

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vegan lemon matcha marble pound cake loaf with lemon coconut frosting

What Is Matcha?

Matcha is a type of green tea that originated in Japan. It takes green tea leaves and grinds them into a very fine bright green powder.

Like all tea, matcha has an earthy taste that pairs well with lemon and vanilla flavors. When used in baked goods, it adds a green color.

Learn more about the flavor of matcha and how to store it here.

Why Does Matcha Turn Brown When Baked?

Matcha does turn more of a dark greenish-brown when it oxidizes. The longer the baking time, the more likely the matcha will take on a brown color. It still tastes just as delicious though.

Another factor depends on how fresh your matcha is and how much you use when baking will determine how bright of a green your baked goods are. I recommend sticking with ceremonial grade matcha for baking for the best color.

Ingredients In Lemon Matcha Pound Cake

This pound cake only has a few staple ingredients. You probably already have most of them at home already.

While the cake I’m showing you is a marble version, you could make the entire cake green by not separating out a portion of batter. Simply add the matcha to the entire batter for a vegan matcha pound cake.

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Caster Sugar: This is a super-fine sugar that dissolves easily. You can use regular sugar granules and grind them finer. This will help the sweetness dissolve throughout.
  • Almond Milk
  • Corn Starch
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Zest: Use a fine grater on the lemon rinds.
  • Matcha (this is what I use)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Baking Powder
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Salt
ingredients for lemon matcha marble pound cake

How To Make Vegan Matcha Marble Pound Cake

In one bowl sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, and almond milk until it’s frothy. Add the lemon juice and vanilla extract. Mix well.

Gradually add both bowl’s mixtures together until the batter is smooth. Put a portion of the batter into a separate bowl and add the matcha. This will be used for the green marble effect. Add the lemon zest to the batter without matcha.

Step by step instructions showing how to make vegan matcha pound cake batter

In a greased or lined loaf pan, add a layer of lemon batter and then drizzle some matcha batter. Continue doing these layers until all of the batter is used.

vegan matcha marble batter in loaf pan

Bake in the oven at 350° F for 40 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let it cool at room temperature before icing it.

How To Make Vegan Lemon Coconut Frosting

This lemon coconut frosting is extremely simple to make. All you do is toss the following ingredients into a blender or food processor:

  • Chilled Coconut Cream
  • Soaked Cashews
  • Lemon Zest
  • Salt
  • Powdered Sugar

Once it’s blended, place dollops of the frosting onto the cooled matcha loaf and serve. This lemon coconut frosting is versatile and tastes great on many other baked goods too.

closeup side view of vegan lemon matcha marble pound cake with lemon coconut frosting on top
vegan matcha pound cake with lemon coconut frosting

Lemon Matcha Marble Pound Cake With Lemon Coconut Frosting

Yield: 9-inch loaf
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

A moist vegan pound cake with a matcha marble twist. The addition of lemon in the loaf and in the coconut frosting adds a light citrus taste to this delicious vegan dessert.

Ingredients

Lemon Matcha Pound Cake

  • 2 cups - All-purpose flour
  • 1 cup - Caster sugar
  • 1.5 cup - Almond milk
  • ¼ cup - Corn starch
  • ¼ cup - Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp - Lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp - Matcha
  • 1 tsp - Vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tbsp - Baking powder
  • ½ cup - Vegetable oil
  • ¼ tsp - Salt

Lemon Coconut Frosting

  • ½ cup - Chilled coconut cream
  • ½ cup - Soaked cashews
  • ½ tsp - Lemon zest or lemon extract
  • ¼ tsp - Salt
  • 2 tbsp - Powdered sugar

Instructions

For The Cake:

  1. In a bowl sieve together flour, corn starch, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In another bowl, take the sugar, oil, and almond milk, give it a whisk until the mixture starts to get frothy.
  3. Add in the lemon juice and the vanilla extract and give it another mix.
  4. Now gradually add the dry mixture into the wet and using a spatula, mix it until a smooth batter forms.
  5. Take out ⅓ of the batter, put it in another bowl, and add the matcha to this bowl. 
  6. Mix it until matcha is well combined into the batter.
  7. To the remaining ⅔ of the batter, add the lemon zest and fold it until evenly mixed.
  8. Take a greased and lined loaf pan and add a little bit of the lemon batter into the pan.
  9. Now add a layer of matcha batter into the pan.
  10. Repeat this alternating between the lemon batter and matcha batter until all the batter is added to the pan.
  11. Bake the loaf in a preheated oven at 350° F for about 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  12. Let the loaf cool to room temperature. 

For The Frosting:

  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender jar and process it for around 3-5 minutes until you get a smooth mixture. 
  2. Add it all over the top of the loaf in dollops. Spread it as evenly as you can.
  3. Slice and enjoy the cake!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 slices Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 388Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 389mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate and is for estimation purposes only.

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Stephanie Mantilla

Plant-Based Diet & Vegan Lifestyle Expert

Stephanie is the founder of Plant Prosperous, a plant-based vegan living, and parenting blog. She has been eating a plant-based diet for over 24 years along with a B.S. in Biology & Environmental Science. She also has over 14 years of experience working in the environmental and conservation sectors. Stephanie is currently raising her son on a plant-based diet and hopes to help others who are wanting to do the same. You can read more about her here.

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