Orange polenta cake

Orange polenta cake

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(79 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 8 - 10
Give your dessert an Italian flavour with this moist and fruity polenta cake

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal601
  • fat30g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs80g
  • sugars49g
  • fibre1g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 250g unsalted butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs



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

  • 140g polenta



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

  • 200g plain flour



    Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…

  • 2 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…

  • zest and juice 2 oranges (less 100ml juice for the glaze)



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

For the orange glaze

  • 100ml orange juice
  • 100g golden caster sugar


  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.

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7th May, 2016
Thank heavens my wife doesn't trust me to wash up properly! I get to do the fun parts of cooking and eating....
17th Aug, 2014
This is a lovely, easy recipe. I added an extra orange as well. I split the mixture into 2 tins- it took 30 mins to cook- then put a vanilla marscapone frosting in the middle- delish!
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5th May, 2014
My first attempt ever at polenta cake and it worked beautifully. To make it gluten free, I used Dove Farm's gluten free plain flour with no problems at all. I did use the juice and zest of two and a half oranges (around 250ml) IN the cake and the juice of one and a half (the 100ml in the recipe) for the soaking syrup. Genius that I am, not only did I not have a juicer (quick dash to the shops to get a good old fashioned glass one!) but I also didn't have a 23cm cake tin so used two 19cm sandwich tins which worked perfectly. I whipped some cream with icing sugar, vanilla and the rest of the zest and put this healthy concoction between the two after soaking ....success!! Really lovely, moist, tasty cake and a very happy return to baking for me
20th Apr, 2014
Cooked this in an Aga - the heat in my oven was way over what the recipe said, but even so it was perfectly baked after 55 mins. I used Polenta Valsugana the only type sold by our Waitrose, and the texture was a little gritty for my liking. I wonder if there is a better type to use for this recipe?
6th Apr, 2014
Delicious! I used 3 large oranges, as suggested by others. Very tasty and moist
2nd Mar, 2014
Great recipe, blogged here.
23rd Feb, 2014
Made this three times now - it's a great as a cake with tea or as a pudding with creme fraiche. I now use zest from two oranges and juice from four. Also following advice on making it gluten free by using 100 gram gluten free flour and 100 gram ground almonds. A good cake to take somewhere as easily transported in the tin.
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15th Feb, 2014
This was a real hit! Would be great as a dinner party pud. I used ordinary white caster sugar and served it with the lightly whipped double cream I had in the fridge. Creme fraiche, vanilla ice cream, or the suggested lemon ice cream would be just as good. Mine took 1 hour to cook. I thought the amount of glaze was too much but I took my time and applied it slowly to allow it took sink in- was just right. Will definately do again.
12th Jun, 2013
Lovely cake, the baking time does take longer but well worth the wait. I used extra orange zest and juice its just delicious and it great on its own.
4th Jun, 2013
Yikes, also forgot to add that I added a decent glug of cointreau.


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