So let’s talk about cake, isn’t it just the best? Sometimes it’s so good that I’ll eat multiple slices instead of dinner. Best idea ever, can you beat a day that involves the consumption of half a cake? No. No you cannot. Anyway, I’ve made a huge number of cakes in my lifetime – fruit based, chocolate focused, plain and even vegetable ones – but something I’ve never tried before is a polenta cake. Polenta is one of those food items that I’ve never really had apart from once or twice at a restaurant. It’s always intrigued me but I’ve always been a bit reticent about eating or cooking with it. I suppose it’s the worry it’ll be disgusting, so why waste time or money on it?
However on bank holiday Monday I thought it was time to embrace polenta, after all bank holiday’s are made for cake and I figured polenta would be quite safe this way and not a waste of time and effort. After all cake makes everything work and taste perfect, right? So after a bit of a google I settled on an orange and polenta cake, as it sounded ideal for the spring time weather we had been experiencing.
To make the cake you will need:
- 250g unsalted butter
- 250g golden caster sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 140g polenta
- 200g plain flour
- 2tsp baking powder
- zest and juice of 2 oranges (save 100ml of juice for glaze)
- For the glaze: 100g caster sugar and 100ml of orange juice
It takes about fifteen minutes to combine all the ingredients the right way and to turn it into a cake, simply follow the eight points below…
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
- add the eggs and mix until combined
- Add all the dry ingredients and the zest and the orange juice (minus the amount for the glaze) and mix together
- Line your round cake tin and pour the mixture in
- Pop in the oven for 45 minutes at 160oC/gas 3
- Meanwhile make the glaze by combining the orange juice and golden caster sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Leave to simmer for 5 mins then remove from the heat allowing to cool.
- Remove from the oven when a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean
- Once the cake is cooled drizzle with the orange glaze.
The resulting cake is so delicious, not only is it light and moist, it also really tastes fresh and delicious. It really, really is, so so good! Tell me, have you ever made a polenta cake. What kind did you go for and what did you think of it? Yummy?