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Orange Polenta Cake on a round wooden board

Orange Polenta Cake

Orange Polenta Cake is a Gluten Free Cake that is zesty, moist and delicious. It is made with just a few ingredients and is very easy to make.

Course Baking, Baking/Dessert
Cuisine American, british, Italian
Keyword Almond Cake, Orange POlenta Cake, Polenta Cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 427 kcal
Author Safira


Orange Polenta Cake

  • 180 g Butter Softened
  • 1 Orange Juice and Zest
  • 200 g Caster Sugar
  • 200 g Ground Almonds
  • 3 Eggs
  • 100 g Polenta or Cornmeal Coarse and Fine work but Fine is better
  • 1 ½ tsp Baking Powder

Optional Drizzle

  • 100 g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Orange Juice and Zest


  1. Grease and line a 20cm round tin with greaseproof paper. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 4/180 C.

  2. Whisk Butter, Sugar and Zest and Juice of 1 Orange for 5 minutes.

  3. Add Ground Almonds gradually and fold in.

  4. Add Eggs 1 by 1, whisking in-between each addition.

  5. Fold in Polenta and Baking Powder.

  6. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes.

  7. Optional Step - Whisk together Sugar and Orange Juice in a bowl. Poke cake all over with a skewer and pour in the orange drizzle whilst still hot. Alternatively just brush it over the top. Dust the cake with icing sugar.

Recipe Notes

Top tips for making the best Orange Polenta Cake

  • I use a microplane to zest the orange to get super fine zest. 
  • Adding the orange zest directly into the sugar and butter right at the beginning, releases the oils into the batter right away and gets the flavours working.
  • Stir in the Almonds and Polenta slowly and gently.
  • The drizzle is optional. You can leave it out altogether. You can also use it as a drizzle or just brush some over the top.

Storage Instructions

This cake keeps well for up to a week in an airtight container. 

Freezer - Orange Polenta Cake can be frozen once cooled. Cling film the whole cake or individual slices and freeze in a ziplock bag/airtight container.

When you are ready to serve, simply remove from the freezer and let it defrost before serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Orange Polenta Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 427 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 221mg10%
Potassium 84mg2%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 601IU12%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 105mg11%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.