Strawberry & polenta cupcakes

Strawberry & polenta cupcakes

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


Makes 12 cakes
These cupcakes are little portions of perfection and are great to share with friends

Nutrition and extra info

  • Un-iced

Nutrition: per cake

  • kcal271
  • fat12g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs40g
  • sugars26g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.19g
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  • 140g unsalted butter, softened
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • grated zest ½ lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 85g polenta



    An Italian storecupboard staple, polenta has its roots in the peasant cuisine of northern Italy…

  • 3 eggs, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 140g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 1 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 140g strawberries, hulled and chopped into chunks



    Once available in Britain for just a brief period during the summer, strawberries are now a year…

To decorate

  • 140g icing sugar
  • 3 strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped, plus 6 halved, for decoration



    Once available in Britain for just a brief period during the summer, strawberries are now a year…

  • lemon juice


  1. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases and heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and lemon zest until pale and fluffy. Add the polenta and continue to whisk until combined. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time.

  2. Sift in flour and baking powder, then fold in quickly with a large spoon or spatula until you have a thick batter (the mixture may look lumpy because of the polenta). Stir in the milk to loosen, then gently fold in the chopped strawberries. Divide the mixture between the paper cases, then bake for 20 mins or until golden, risen and springy to touch. Cool for a few mins, then place the cakes on a wire rack to cool completely. The cakes can now be stored in an airtight container for up to two days.

  3. Carefully peel the cases off the cakes. Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl. Place the chopped strawberries in a bowl with 1 tsp lemon juice and mash with a fork until pulpy. Push through a sieve over the icing sugar (you only need a few drops of juice to colour the icing a rosy pink). Stir in more lemon juice, a dribble at a time, until you have a thick yet fluid paste. Dip the top of each cake into the icing, then top immediately with a strawberry half. Leave to set, then serve.

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Comments (38)

gerbils's picture

I made these for everyone at work & was not sure how people would react as a lot of people had not heard of polenta & are sceptical about trying different things, but they were gone quicker than i have seen any shop bought cakes disappear.
I have even had requests for more tomorrow.
I think i know what i will be doing tonigt.
10 out of 10.

hobbyfun62's picture

I rushed to see this recipe, as I am coeliac and I use polenta alot in my cake recipes - but its got flour ugh!!

paradisehouse's picture

Lovely recipe, if you can't get polenta then use ground almonds or more flour and some dessicated coconut. Next time I make them I plan on topping them with the strawberry flavoured icing and a dobble of clotted cream

seonadie's picture

Yummy, me and my hubby loved these cakes. Really easy to make and they taste fab :-)

weetabix's picture

I have just made these today and the icing is incredible. It tastes so much nicer than normal icing with food colouring. It tastes so natural. I took the advice about the strawberries on top and just put some on a few of the cakes which were eaten today.

sheppo78's picture

Really want to try this recipe, but don't know where to get polenta from. Does anyone know of a good substitute?

sometimes called cornmeal, most supermarkets stock it as good substitute for flour for gluten free people.

princessdaisy's picture

Lovely texture, used loganberries instead of strawberries and omitted the lemon.

rochydooda's picture

Really want to try this recipe, but don't know where to get polenta from. Does anyone know of a good substitute?

jaysav's picture

Tried this for my Girlfriend and went down a treat. Although as I am only a bigginer to baking I did not know that Polenta comes in 2 types. A loose form and a solid brick. So that took some beating to get it to the right consistancy. But really did the trick.

blackcat2's picture

These went down so well at work I made another batch for family at the weekend. The polenta makes the cakes really interesting with the grainy texture.

nkhorshi's picture

i really want to make these cakes but have no idea where to get polenta. Will cornflower do?

amandamagpie's picture

Made these at the weekend and my whole family loved them. Very easy recipe and lovely texture. I agree about not leaving the strawberries on top too long because they made the icing go a bit strange. Will definitely make them again and will try other soft fruit.

bowerbird's picture

These cakes are a visual delight, they're a little grainy in texture and not too sweet, and very filling, they went down well. Don't leave the strawberries on the top for too long, after a day it had virtually soaked up the icing sugar, still tasty though. Take a look.

mrsnoonoo's picture

Really nice, Will be making again.

sandien's picture

made these cakes at the weekend could not get polenta so
I used coconut. They were really nice would make then again.

squiggle123's picture

Fabulous as a cake, I doubled the recipe and made 2x7" cakes.

juliegonczarow's picture

This recipe is lovely, I urge everyone to try it, so simple but really, really delicious, I made two batches in one morning, and they were all eaten in the same day ...... they look lovely as well.

I have since substituted the strawberries for rasberries, and an other batch with cherries.... just as delicious, the polenta gives as coconut texture...... as I say, really nice.


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