Vegan Lemon Cheesecake Doughnuts

Don’t lemon cheesecake doughnuts just give you all the summer feels? It is so refreshing and I just adore the zing. Lemon cheesecake has to be one of my favourite classical flavours. That and doughnuts are a staple in my diet. So why not mash them together and make lemon cheesecake flavour doughnuts?! As much as the classical ones are a huge hit, I love experimenting with different and unique palette combinations.

Vegan Lemon Cheesecake Doughnuts

I decided to make these particular doughnuts a vegan bake. I’ve been trying to explore more eggless recipes as I have a couple of vegan friends as well as one who is anaphylactic to eggs. I also have lots of requests for my recipes to be veganised. So why not start experimenting? I genuinely thought it wouldn’t be too hard – but it has definitely had lots of trial and error. Every bake is a step in the right direction though. Plus, the exploration has made my baking more exciting and accessible for even more people. This is one of the major aims of my blog. Whilst I can tolerate eggs, I’d love to provide more egg-free options for those who can’t.

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So why bake my lemon doughnuts? Well, because they’re gorgeous – if I do say so myself. They are light and so fluffy. You’d never know they are vegan and gluten-free. The biggest compliment I had for these is that my savoury-loving partner actually chose to eat not one, but two of these instead of a savoury pastry! Now that says a lot. I just hope you guys love them as much as we do.

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Are there any adjustments I can make to the recipe?

  1. So you could use self-raising flour if you fancy your doughnuts being even fluffier. Baked doughnuts are much denser and cakier than fried, so I sometimes use more leavening for this effect.
  2. Can I use lemon juice instead of extract? Unfortunately not! Essence is much stronger than juice so the latter is too light for the batter to retain flavour when baking.
  3. What if I don’t need my doughnuts vegan? You can use my original sugar doughnut recipe base (adding in some lemon extract to the batter) and then using the topping from this recipe below.

Happy baking xx

Vegan Lemon Cheesecake Doughnuts

Baked Vegan Lemon Cheesecake Doughnuts

Gluten-free, Vegan, Dairy-free, Soy-free, Vegetarian, Egg free, Nut free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Cooling and Decorating Time 20 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, British, European
Servings 9 Doughnuts
Calories 245 kcal


  • Mixing Bowl x2
  • Microwaveable/heat-proof bowl
  • Whisk
  • Oven
  • Silicone doughnut tray
  • Mixing spoon
  • Sieve


For the doughnut batter

  • 1.5 Tbsp Lemon extract ~10ml
  • 220 grams Gluten-free plain flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Xanthan gum Omit if your flour blend already contains this
  • 1.5 Tsp Baking powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking soda
  • 40 grams Vegan butter Recommendation: Stork baking block
  • 220 ml Plant-based milk
  • 95 grams Caster sugar

For the topping

  • 20 ml Lemon juice
  • 100 grams Vegan cream cheese
  • 18 ml Plant-based milk
  • 2 Lemon (or plain) flavoured biscuits Recommendation: Freee foods lemon biscuits
  • 25 grams Caster sugar


Preparing and cooking the doughnut batter

  • Pre-heat the oven to 190°C (conventional) or 170°C (fan)
  • Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl
  • Melt the butter in an microwavable bowl
  • Add the butter and lemon extract to the bowl containing the dry ingredients and mix together thoroughly until combined
  • Add the rest of the batter ingredients to the bowl and whisk together until fully combined
  • Grease a doughnut tray with olive oil (or melted butter if preferred)
  • Carefully spoon the batter evenly into the doughnut tray
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes (until golden)
  • Once cooked, remove the doughnuts from the oven and leave in the doughnut tray to cool (this should take about 10 minutes)

Coating the doughnuts

  • Whisk together the topping ingredients until a smooth mixture forms
  • Spoon the cream cheese coating onto the top of the doughnuts and smooth out, covering the entire surface
  • Crumble some biscuit over the top of the cream cheese topping
  • Enjoy!


  • Store in an air-tight container for 1-3 days at room temperature
  • Base (without cream cheese topping) suitable for home freezing for up to 2 months
Keyword Baked Doughnut, Cheesecake, Cream Cheese, Doughnut, Doughnuts, Lemon, Lemon Cheesecake, Vegan, Vegan Doughnut
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