Fragrant Citrus Cake

The fragrance of this moist cake comes mainly from Grand Marniér liqueur, and there are three citrus fruits involved in the recipe; lemons, oranges, and limes. We had a few slices of this cake with black Assam tea on a gloomy November afternoon, and it seems to be a pretty good antidepressant. This is an adaptation of Celine’s dream cake recipe, which I found through Vegalicious. I just couldn’t resist baking a dream cake of my own after reading Celine’s post.


I made a few alterations to the original recipe, but I think that soy yogurt and confectioner’s sugar are the key to the perfectly moist and soft texture of this cake. Here’s my version:

Wet mix:

  • 2 and 1/2 dl plain soy yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons soy milk
  • 2 and 1/2 dl confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 dl liquid vegan margarine (or vegetable oil)
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla sugar
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marniér liqueur

Dry mix:

  • 3 and 1/2 dl wheat flour
  • 1/2 dl almond meal (finely ground almonds)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

First, I preheated our oven to 175 Celsius, and prepared my 22 cm wide, round cake pan with margarine and bread crumbs.

For the batter, I first whisked the wet mix together, and then combined the ingredients of the dry mix in a separate bowl. Then I poured the dry mix in the wet mix and stirred with a wooden fork, mixing only enough to combine.

I poured the batter in my prepared cake pan and baked it for 30 minutes, when a toothpick inserted in the center came out clean. Now, I let the cake cool down completely, for about 2 hours, then iced the cake, and refrigerated it for a few more hours.

Simple Lime Icing:

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 and 1/2 dl confectioner’s sugar

I poured the lime juice in a small bowl, and then stirred with a fork while adding enough confectioner’s sugar to make a relatively thick mixture. Then I spread the icing on the cooled cake, sprinkled with some grated lemon zest, and refrigerated the cake for a few hours.



  1. Posted December 4, 2007 at 18:17 | Permalink

    this is brilliant and absolutely beautiful!

  2. Shvetha
    Posted December 5, 2007 at 05:36 | Permalink

    You guys..can I go over for dinner at your place?!

  3. Anni
    Posted December 5, 2007 at 09:19 | Permalink

    Thanks Celine – credit is all yours!

    Shvetha; if you ever visit Helsinki, consider yourself invited!

  4. Posted December 5, 2007 at 15:51 | Permalink

    Wow, that cake looks professional! And I can smell the fragrance all the way in New York!

  5. Anni
    Posted December 6, 2007 at 12:19 | Permalink

    Thanks Kamini; I’m glad the fragrance made it across the ocean!

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