Orange drizzle polenta cake

I shared a recipe I had for polenta, remembering how much l liked it… then going through my recipes, I found another recipe which is even more delicious! This is for a cake, an orange drizzle cake; I like it really zesty, so although it has the juice and zest of two oranges, I might add the zest of an extra one! I have never tried making it with other citrus fruit, but I guess lemon or lime or lemon and lime would be equally delicious… I must try. You need 2 x 3½ fl oz of juice – some for the cake, some for the glaze.

  • 10 oz butter
  • 10 oz castor sugar
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 6 oz polenta
  • 8 oz plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • zest and juice of 1 orange
  • for the glaze – zest and juice of 1 orange and 4 oz caster sugar
  1. whip butter and sugar together until very light and very pale
  2. add eggs one at a time, stirring in well
  3. add all the other ingredients, and mix well
  4. pour into lined 9” cake tin, level, bake for about 45 mins, 160 ° C, 325° F, gas mark 3
  5. check cake is cooked by inserting a skewer into the middle and check it comes out clean
  6. take out onto a cooling rack
  7. pour the juice and sugar for the glaze into a pan and bring to the boil
  8. simmer for 5 mins, remove from the heat and let it cool
  9. drizzle the orange glaze over the top of the cooled cake
  10. enjoy!!!

I know some people serve it with ice-cream – if I served it with anything I’d use sour cream/crème fraîche or even clotted cream!

I have no images of oranges, it seems, so I have a quince… I wonder how you could make a quince polenta cake…


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