Orange polenta torte recipe

Tasty orange flavoured cake with texture similar to Madeira Cake

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Allergy Information

Wheat-Free no
Gluten-Free no
Nut-Free no
Dairy-Free no
Sugar-Free no
Vegetarian no
Vegan no
  • Yield: serves 8-10

You may be surprised to find that polenta makes an absolutely delicious cake with a texture a bit like Madeira Cake. With the orange flavour it's mouthwatering while cooking, and very very tasty while eating.


100g [100g] butter, margarine or low fat spread
225g [225g] sugar
225g [225g] ground almonds
1 tsp [1 tsp] vanilla extract
3 medium [3 medium] eggs, beaten
225g [225g] polenta grains
2 medium [2 medium] organic oranges zest, finely grated and juice (non-organic have waxed skins)
1 tsp [1 tsp] baking powder
1 pinch [1 pinch] salt
Please note this recipe contains nuts


Preheat oven: 190°C, 375°F, Gas 5

  1. Line a 23cm (9") cake tin with baking parchment, we used a springform tin as the cake can be delicate when warm.
  2. In a large bowl beat the butter until it is pale and creamy, add the sugar and then beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Stir the ground almonds and vanilla into the mixture, beating to mix well.
  4. Gradually add the eggs in small amounts, beating thoroughly between each addition.
  5. Fold in the polenta, orange zest, orange juice, baking powder and salt.
  6. Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for 30-35 minutes.
This cake can be eaten slightly warm if desired, however it will be fairly fragile until it has cooled and set. Serve with afternoon tea or with a generous helping of creme fraiche or cream as a dessert.