Saturday Special: Orange and Almond Polenta Cake

Eating another cake my mind went back to seeing a recipe somewhere for orange polenta cake. Searching through my recipe books and files I was still unable to find it so I resorted to searching the internet and found this recipe.

polenta cake


  • 185g butter, cubed, at room temperature
  • 220g caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 150g fine polenta
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 100g almond meal
  • 180ml freshly squeezed orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease and line base and sides of a 22cm round cake pan with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Use an electric mixer to beat butter, sugar, orange rind and vanilla extract for 10-12 minutes, occasionally scraping down the side of the bowl, until pale and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition.
  3. Combine polenta, flour and almond meal in a bowl. Add half to the butter mixture along with half of the orange juice. Mix until well combined. Repeat with the remaining polenta mixture and orange juice.
  4. Pour into prepared pan. Smooth the surface. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out just clean.
  5. Set cake aside in the pan for 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool. Serve dusted with icing sugar.

The cake worked really well except I feel that the orange flavour wasn’t quite as strong as I would have liked. Making the cake in the future I would use the zest of both oranges rather than just 2tsps. (We had also run out of vanilla extract in case that made any difference…)

I hope you give this cake a try and let me know how you find it!

S x


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