Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Lemon Coconut Cream Cake & Blueberry Sauce

A light, fluffy dessert like this classic cake is the perfect ending to any summer meal. It presents beautifully, with a fresh blueberry layer and zesty whipped coconut cream. (Not suitable for those with coconut allergy.) Photo: Andrew Grinton

Makes: 8 servings
Free of: gluten and all top allergens


  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup aquafaba (from chickpeas)
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Blueberry Compote

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tbsp water

Lemon Coconut Cream

  • 2/3 cup dairy-free, soy-free buttery spread
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream (see Recipe Tips)
  • 3 cups powdered confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • 2/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes

Recipe Tips

The blueberry compote can be substituted with 1/2 cup blueberry preserves.

Refrigerate full-fat coconut milk overnight. The thick cream that surfaces is the coconut cream.

A Note on Coconut: Coconut is a fruit, not a nut. With nut allergy, ask your doctor if coconut is safe for you.


  1. For cake, preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease an 8-inch springform pan and line bottom with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and lemon zest.
  3. Put aquafaba and cream of tartar in bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on low until frothy, about 3 minutes. Gradually add sugar and beat until glossy with stiff peaks, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add lemon juice, oil and vanilla and beat 1 minute. Slowly add flour mixture and beat until just
  5. Scrape batter into pan and even out. Bake in center of oven for 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for 5 minutes. Release springform and place cake on a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. For compote, add blueberries, sugar and lemon juice to a small pot over medium-low heat. Cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until blueberries release their juices.
  8. In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch and water until smooth. Whisk into blueberry mixture. Cook until thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove compote to a bowl and let cool completely.
  9. For cream topping, place buttery spread and coconut cream in bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until combined. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating on low until fully incorporated. Increase speed to medium and whip for 1 minute.
  10. Add lemon juice and salt and beat on high until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  11. To assemble, spread blueberry compote on cake leaving a 1-inch border around edge. Top with coconut cream and gently spread to edge. Garnish with blueberries and coconut flakes.

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