Orange Polenta Cake

Orange Polenta Cake

I love making cakes with polenta because it gives cakes such a wonderful texture. Citrus flavours go great with polenta and this orange cake is a real winner, perfect for dessert or a teatime treat. If you want to give this a whirl in your Thermomix,  you can find the recipe here.

 Serves 8-10


250g unsalted butter

250g golden caster sugar

4 large eggs

140g polenta

200g plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

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


100ml orange juice

100g golden caster sugar

How to

  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 minutes to 1 hour 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 minutes, then remove from the heat and allow to cool. Drizzle the orange glaze over the top of the warm cake. Serve with ice cream or a citrus sorbet.


Other info

Prep time: 20 minutes   Cooking Time: 45 minutes – 1 hour

TIP! This cake is freezer friendly. Swap the citrus and substitute 4 lemons for the oranges for a lemon twist.


  • Renee Methorst

    Tried this little ripper out this evening, as my curiosity around a sweet polenta dish finally got the better of me! Def my kinda cake, easy to make and it’s not super rich or overly sweet.
    I used normal caster sugar, as I couldn’t find golden. And I also adde a small squirt of maple syrup in the glaze mixture.

    We Enjoyed a slice with a scoop of light vanilla icecream.
    Will def make this one again. Thanks for the recipe Sam!!!

    • Sammie

      I knew it would hit the spot! Now you must try Nigella’s Lemon Polenta Cake – super yum and gluten free too!