Lemon Olive Oil Cornmeal Cake

Serves 8

20 Minute Prep Time

By Kim McDevitt, MPH RD on December 6, 2016 , categorized in Dessert

lemon cake

With lemon adding brightness and almond adding depth, this extra-virgin olive oil cornmeal lemon cake is rich in taste and moist in texture. Sprinkled with a dusting of powdered sugar (icing sugar for those of us in Canada) it’s a cake that’s simple enough to bake on a weeknight but delicious enough to wow at a party.


  • ¼ cup Silk® Unsweetened Original Almondmilk
  • Grated zest and juice of 2 large lemons (1/4 cup lemon juice)
  • 1 cup non-GMO fine yellow cornmeal
  • ½ cup fine almond flour
  • ½ cup gluten-free baking flour
  • ½ cup natural cane sugar
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • Icing/powdered sugar to dust the top


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Grease a nine-inch circular baking pan and set aside.

  3. In small bowl combine non-dairy milk and lemon juice.

  4. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients and whisk to combine.

  5. In separate bowl combine olive oil, applesauce, and almond extract. Whisk to combine.

  6. Pour wet ingredients (including lemon and non-dairy milk mixture) into dry and fold to incorporate mixture completely.

  7. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake 30 minutes or until browned on top and set.

  8. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

  9. Before serving, dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Kim McDevitt, MPH RD

Kim McDevitt works at Vega as a National Educator. A runner, cooking enthusiast, plant-focused flexitarian, Kim has passionately built her career in nutrition. Noticing that her running performances were closely tied to what she was eating, Kim decided to study nutrition and pursue advanced degrees in Dietetics and Public Health, to better understand the power of food in performance. Today, Kim specializes in sports nutrition to enhance athletic performance and focuses on realistic and approachable ways for improving health through educated dietary choices within an active lifestyle.