Orange polenta cake

Orange polenta cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 8 - 10

Give your dessert an Italian flavour with this moist and fruity polenta cake

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
601
protein
8g
carbs
80g
fat
30g
saturates
17g
fibre
1g
sugar
49g
salt
0.5g

Ingredients

  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 140g polenta
  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • zest and juice 2 oranges (less 100ml juice for the glaze)

For the orange glaze

  • 100ml orange juice
  • 100g golden caster sugar

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Line the base and sides of a round 23cm cake tin with baking parchment. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and mix thoroughly. Once the mixture is combined, add all the dry ingredients and the zest and juice after you have measured off 100ml for the glaze.
  2. Transfer the mixture to the tin, spread evenly, then cook for about 45 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
  3. To make the glaze, put the juice and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Let it simmer for 5 mins, then remove from the heat and allow to cool. Drizzle the orange glaze over the top of the cooled cake. Serve with Lemon ice cream, below.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2009

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sammarlowuk's picture
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My cake did take a little longer to cook, closer to 55 minutes but it turned out terrific! I've made a few cakes with polenta, they always come out great, and this one is no exception. We ate ours cold and the syrup made the top all crunchy and orangey. A big hit with out guests! I didn't make the lemon ice cream, we just wolfed ours down with vanilla ice cream and it was still so yummy. Check it out on my blog http://www.theannoyedthyroid.com/2012/10/07/orange-polenta-cake/

cappuccinomonkey's picture
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Delicious cake but does take a little longer than the recipe suggests to bake, it took about an hour (I just kept checking with a wooden skewer and now automatically bake it for an hour). Took it into work and was asked for the recipe by about 6 people, which considering this cake looks pretty unassuming and was competing with beautifully iced cupcakes and gooey brownies (for a birthday), shows just how truly gorgeous this cake is.

ians75's picture

Used 4 lemons instead of oranges, for adults only try adding 30 ml gin to the syrup, very popular!

moominbadger's picture
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Took an hour and ten mins to cook....sunk a little in the middle which was a bit disappointing and didn't taste overly orangey! Really not sure what to make of the polenta texture either. Don't think I'll bother making this one again :0/

maryechappell's picture
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Great cake, did take longer to cook, poured on the glaze while still quite hot and it soaked in, ate it on its own and with vanilla icecream, will make again soon

hebberd's picture

This is the best ever polenta cake that I have ever made, and I am so pleased with Good Foods Receipe.

prydea's picture
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Lovely cake - everyone who had a piece thought so.

For the recipe, though, it would be helpful to indicate the "correct" amount of orange juice to include in the cake rather than 100ml less than you get from juicing two oranges. The fruit I used didn't produce much more than 100ml of juice in total, so I had to use three oranges to get a reasonable consistency. I used the zest from the third orange within the glaze, and that worked well.

halfatacus's picture
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just made this cake - it was fine but not as moist on its own as i would have liked. The glaze was lovely but was too sweet to use to moisten cake. I only got about 40mls of juice in the cake itself...could that be it? Others think its great though!

marielavelle's picture
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I'm no baker but this recipe is delish! We had it with creme fraiche instead of the ice cream.

marielavelle's picture
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I'm no baker but this recipe is delish! We had it with creme fraiche instead of the ice cream.

sargentliz's picture

As I was making this I realised I had 3 different recipes muddled in my head and had the wrong quantities of ingredients mixed up.

I proceeded with replacing the plain flour with 200g ground almonds. I added 2 tablespoons of Amaretto to all the orange juice and reserved 100ml of the juice for the glaze, adding the rest to the cake mixture. The result was an amazing, moist gluten free dessert/cake which was great served with Greek yoghurt. It could cope with more Amaretto and I wondered what it would taste like with Cointreau instead.

elleypelley's picture
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Disappointing. Made as per recipe and cooked slightly longer. Skewer came out clean, as recommended but when cut the centre of the cake was gooey and really vile. The polenta gives an unusual texture. Love or hate I guess. Glaze was a disappointment as well. Marmalade would have made a much more attractive and tasty glaze.

ostavrou's picture
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Absolutely delicious! Like others, I left it in the oven a bit longer, approximately 1hr10. Try this!!

smorrissey's picture
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Made this cake yesterday. Changed a few things - used a square baking tin and added 1/4 of a cup of poppy seed and made it with 2 lemons instead of the orange. Turned out great. lovely lemoney taste with an extra zing from the drizzle topping. Easy bake and delicious :)

brenda6612's picture

This cake was lovely and very filling. I think some more oranges to give it an even more fruity taste would have made this cake a 10/10, despite that my girls loved it!!!

susannahgrammar's picture
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Really delicious and quite easy. I reduced the amount of polenta just a tad, so as to make a slightly finer cake. Moist and flavourful, but I might experiement with an extra orange next time, just for fun.

thedrewdrop's picture
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I have made this cake about ten times, it's so yummy; all my friends and relatives love it!!

kirsty4278's picture
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Really tasty, love the texture, very different to other cakes I've made - lovely orangey taste. Nice with a bit of vanilla ice cream or on it's own with a cup of tea!

Binki69's picture

Love this recipe - easy and quick to prepare and it comes out perfect every time. Made a lemon version using 4 lemons. Takes 1 hour 20 mins in my oven.

jen-lou's picture
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Everybody loved this cake, took the advice given and poured the glaze over the cake when they were both warm. The polenta gave it a fantastic texture would recommend it.

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