Thursday, 29 September 2011

Flour-less Orange and Polenta Cake.

My gluten free friends this is for you. 

  • 150g butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (160g) caster sugar
  • 1 orange, rind finely grated
  • 6 eggs
  • 200g almond meal
  • 2/3 cup (180g) fine polenta {cornmeal}

Orange syrup
1 cup (250ml) fresh orange juice
1 cup (220g) caster sugar

Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease and line the base and sides of a 20cm (base) round cake pan. Beat butter, sugar and orange rind with an electric beater, for 8-10 minutes or until pale and creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time. (The mixture will look a little curdled at this stage.)

Stir in almond meal and polenta. Spoon into the pan. Bake 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Set aside for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack.

For the syrup, stir the ingredients in a saucepan over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Boil for 10 minutes or until thickens.
Use a fine skewer to pierce holes all over the cake top. Pour about 2/3 of the warm syrup over warm cake. Slice and serve with extra syrup.

The cake can also be served at room temperature. Keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

I hadn't used polenta flour before, but was very keen to try. I probably over cooked it slightly, but the cake was still delicious, very dense, but moist, it had more 'texture' than a regular cake but i quiet liked it for something different. 

Simple, sweet and a little sticky. 

x jody

original recipe here.


  1. ohhhh yum! i reckon i'll make this with dairy-free spread and egg replacement .. for a cake dairy free, gluten free, and vegan (haha) - looks delicious, i love the last photo. x

  2. I concur - the photos are gorgeous. And I know from tasting it that it was divine! Thanks for visiting and bringing it over, xx

  3. That looks AMAZING!!! And I agree, the photos are fantastic. I can't wait to make it (sugar and all!)> xx

  4. Oooh it looks beautiful Jody. Stunning photos. x

  5. Ohhhh that last image is just glorious! So sweet and sticky... and I'm not even normally a fan of orange flavoured sweets! But this does look lovely Jody xo

  6. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

  7. There is no way on earth (or heaven for that matter) that this cake is only for those of a gluten-free disposition. Please?

  8. As others have said - that last picture is mouth-watering! Yummo

  9. This looks so yummy! I simply love your lost photo it is beautiful and makes me want to bake this yummy goodness. I think that is a good motivation to clean my kitchen for some weekend baking.
    Hope you are doing wonderful and are enjoying the weather change. It is getting colder up here in Canada and the colours are changing on the trees. It's quite pretty.
    Have a wonderful week with your loved ones.
    Much Love,

  10. I made this last weekend for the inlaws, my SIl is a Coeliac. It was a hit, everyone loved it! Will definitely make again, and thanks for sharing!


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