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Vegan cakes and bakes from Nigella Lawson

by Genevieve Halbert

published on 6 January 2021

Think Nigella Lawson is all about butter, cream, and more butter? Well, you’re not entirely wrong (the woman loves butter), but you might be surprised to learn that she also has an extensive repertoire of vegan bakes. From sumptuous chocolate cake to tangy lemon polenta cake, Nigella’s plant-based sweet treats are just as delectable as her traditional bakes. Read on for a selection of our favourite vegan-friendly bakes from across her cookbooks . . . 

Nigella Lawson Vegan Bakes Gingerbread Recipe

Luscious Vegan Gingerbread from Cook, Eat, Repeat by Nigella Lawson

Everything you'd expect from a classic gingerbread recipe – squidgy, spicy, wonderfully fragrant – minus the animal products. A slice of this eaten just as it is is heavenly, or you can pair it with oat-milk crème fraîche or some of Nigella's Pomegranate Poached Quinces for an added touch of indulgence.

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Nigella Lawson Vegan Bakes Lemon and Polenta Cake

Lemon Polenta Cake from Cook, Eat, Repeat by Nigella Lawson

This recipe, from Nigella's latest book Cook, Eat, Repeat, is a careful re-working of one of her most popular bakes – Lemon Polenta Cake. This version has all the intense, lemony flavour of the original, but it's made using light olive oil and vegan yoghurt. 

Order your copy of Cook, Eat, Repeat from Waterstones, Amazon, or an independent bookshop.


Nigella Lawson Vegan Bakes Chocolate Cake Recipe

 Dark and Sumptuous Chocolate Cake from Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food by Nigella Lawson

This a recipe for the vegan baking sceptics out there. Nigella writes that this cake is so good, “I now make this as my chocolate cake of choice for people where dietary restrictions are not an issue, and I don’t even need to explain it’s vegan.” On top of that, it's incredibly easy to make. 

Order your copy of Simply Nigella from WaterstonesAmazon, or an independent bookshop.

Nigella Lawson Vegan Bakes Chocolate, Tahini, Banana Loaf

Warm Chocolate Tahini and Banana Loaf from Cook, Eat, Repeat by Nigella Lawson

One of the standout recipes from Nigella's recent BBC2 series Cook, Eat, Repeat, this chocoalte, tahini, and banana loaf is rich, intense, and utterly luxurious. Nigella helpfully provides instructions on how to adapt the loaf for vegans, with equally delicious results. 

Order your copy of Cook, Eat, Repeat from Waterstones, Amazon, or an independent bookshop.


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