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Quick Vegan Lemonade Cake (store cupboard recipe)

An easy store cupboard, vegan lemon cake you can make in under 30 minutes for last minute guests or a quick treat.

Quick Vegan Lemonade Layer Cake topped with cream swirls and sprinkles

When I make a cake for a birthday or another special occasion, I like to use good quality, fresh ingredients. My indulgent vegan chocolate cake with coconut whipped cream is a good example. Now that's a special occasion cake!

However, sometimes I just want to be able to make a quick cake without having to make a trip to the supermarket and do all the prep.

Sometimes I need a vegan cake so I can make another recipe like cake pops or a trifle. Vegan sponge cakes aren't available in supermarkets yet (although I'm sure that will come), so it has to be homemade and quick.

This is that cake!

Quick Vegan Lemonade Cake from above

Instant Lemon Cake

An instant cake made with store cupboard ingredients?

If you hang about in vegan Facebook groups you'll know all about the cake I'm about to share, but I'm aware a lot of my readers may not have heard about it, so I thought it was time to share it.

This basic cake is made from cake mix, in particular Betty Crocker cake mix. One you'll find in most supermarkets as well as online.

They are standard cake mixes with a choice of flavours including vanilla, lemon and chocolate. As with most cake mixes, it asks you to add oil and eggs, but this is a vegan cake so what do we add?

A can of lemonade.

Yep that's it! Lemonade (soda). Nothing else.

Just pour the lemonade into the cake mix and quickly, but gently fold it in, then pour it into your prepared cake tins and pop them in the oven to bake until golden.

You won't get the same height as you would adding oil and eggs, but it's a damn good result for such a quick and easy cake. It's surprisingly fluffy and light.

Quick Vegan Lemonade Cake on a cream plate with yellow napkin and cake slice

Instant Cake Flavour Combinations

  1. Lemonade Cake = lemon cake mix + 1 x 330 ml/10 oz can fizzy lemonade
  2. Chocolate Cake -= chocolate cake mix + 1 x 330 ml/10 oz can cola
  3. Ginger Cake = spiced ginger cake mix + 1 x 330 ml/10 oz bottle ginger beer
  4. Carrot Cake = carrot cake mix + 1 x 330 ml/10 oz can sparkling orange juice
  5. Lemon & Lime Cake = lemon cake mix + 1 x 330 ml/10 oz can fizzy limeade
  6. Coffee Cake = coffee cake mix + 1 x 330 ml/10 oz bottle sparkling water
  7. Mocha Cake = coffee cake mix + replace with 3 tbsp mix with cocoa powder +1 x 330 ml/10 oz can cola
  8. Lemon & Blueberry Cake = lemon cake mix + 250g blueberries, tossed in the mix + 1 x 330 ml/10 oz can fizzy lemonade

close up of quick lemonade cake

Quick Vegan Lemonade Cake 

Box of cake mix, tub of frosting, tub of sprinkles, can of lemonade and lemon

What you need

Betty Crocker lemon cake mix, one can of lemonade (soda), frosting, lemon, vegan whipped cream and sprinkles.

Two shallow, lined cake tins

Step 1: Cake tins

Grease and line two 20 cm/7.8 inch cake tins with non-stick grease-proof paper and set aside.

cake mix in a bowl

Step 2: Cake mix

Sieve the cake mix into a large mixing bowl.

pouring lemonade into cake mix

Step 3: Lemonade

Pour the lemonade (soda) over the cake mix.

frothing cake mix in white bowl

Step 4: Froth

Make sure you add all the lemonade. It will froth up as it hits the cake mix.

lemonade cake batter in mixing bowl

Step 5: Mix

Gently fold the lemonade into the cake mix, but be careful not to over-mix it.

lemonade cake batter in cake tins

Step 6: Tins

Divide the batter evenly into the two lined tins and pop in a preheated oven until golden.

lemonade cakes in tins, just out of oven

Step 7: Baking racks

Take the tins out of the fridge and allow to cool on a baking rack for a few minutes.

golden lemonade cakes on baking rack

Step 8: Cooling

Once the tins are cool enough to handle, carefully turn them over and remove the cakes. Gently peel off the paper and leave cakes on the cooling racks to cool completely.

frosting and lemon peel in small mixing bowl

Step 9: Frosting

Whip the frosting and add lemon peel and lemon juice. The juice does thin the frosting, so if you want a thicker frosting, just add the peel and mix.

lemonade cake on cream plate, layered with frosting

Step 10: Layer

Pop the one cake on a plate and top with a generous layer of frosting, then top with the other cake and more frosting.

layered lemonade cake on plate

Step 11: Finishing touches

Finish the cake with swirls of vegan whipped cream and sprinkles. Serve and enjoy!

How was it?

Graham gave it 10 out of 10.

Cooper thought it was a lovely cake but he didn't like the frosting.

I couldn't believe how fluffy it was.

The dogs were desperate for a piece and were disappointed not to be offered any.

We'll be making it again. Soon!

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Quick Blackberry and Chocolate Cake

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Quick Vegan Lemonade Cake (store cupboard recipe)

Quick Vegan Lemonade Cake (store cupboard recipe)
Yield: 8-10
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 23 Mtotal time: 28 M
An easy store cupboard, vegan lemon cake you can make in under 30 minutes for last minute guests or a quick treat.


  • 425g box Betty Crocker Lemon Cake Mix
  • 330 ml can lemonade (soda)
  • 400g tub Betty Crocker Vanilla Frosting
  • peel from 1 lemon, finely grated
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 can vegan whipped cream
  • sprinkles


How to cook Quick Vegan Lemonade Cake (store cupboard recipe)

  1. Heat the oven to 180c/160c fan/gas mark 4/350f.
  2. Grease and line 2 x 20cm/7.8 inch cake tins.
  3. Sieve cake mix into a large bowl.
  4. Pour in the lemonade and gently fold into the cake mix.
  5. Divide between the two cake tins and pop in the oven for 23-25 minutes until golden and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  6. Pop the pans on a baking rack to cool. Once they are cool enough to handle, gently tip out the cakes and peel off the baking paper. Place back on the racks to cook completely.
  7. In a bowl whisk the frosting with lemon peel and juice.
  8. Place one cake on a plate, spread with a generous layer of frosting, add the next layer and more frosting in an even layer.
  9. Finish with swirls of whipped cream and sprinkles.
  10. Enjoy!
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  1. What an awesome simple idea to make a quick cake. It looks amazing! I love lemon cake, and this is something I can whip together fast!

    1. Yes it is super fast. Perfect for a last minute bake.

  2. I have never heard of this before Jacqueline. What a clever idea and so easy. I will print this one out for my daughter to try. Jill

    1. I hope you both enjoy it. I was surprised how good it actually was.

  3. This is a great option when time is not on your side. I also love a homemade cake but there isn't always time and this vegan lemonade cake is a perfect option.

    1. Oh yes it's perfect when time isn't on your side.

  4. It really doesn't get any easier than this! Thanks for adding all of the other flavor variations too.

  5. This looks so delicious and I love the step by step instructions. Lemon desserts are so good!

    1. Glad you loved the step-by-step photos and I agree re lemon cakes. I love them.

  6. This is such a cool idea -- I've never made cakes using sodas or lemonade before, but can't wait to try it. Your lemonade cake with those sprinkles is lovely. Definitely occasion worthy.

    1. You have reminded me I should have mentioned soda for my American readers *slaps forehead*

      Hope you enjoy the cake!

  7. I don't hang out in vegan groups online enough as I have not heard of this but am fascinated - makes me wonder if you can substitute lemonade in regular recipes. I am considering trying it but i probably should check out vegan online groups to see if others have already done it :-)

    1. Oh good, hopefully others haven't either. I was in two minds about sharing this one.

      I'm not sure which other recipes this swap would work with as the batter is super light and frothy.

  8. Absolutely love this idea; its so simple and quick. Definitely going to give it a go!


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