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.
250g unsalted butter
250g golden caster sugar
4 large eggs
200g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
zest and juice 2 large oranges(less 100ml juice for the glaze)
FOR THE ORANGE GLAZE
100ml orange juice
100g golden caster sugar
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.