It’s getting really cold lately and if it wasn’t for work I would stay by my oven every day (or my laptop).
I went to visit Lily for the first time after I came back from my trip; brought some purple vanilla cupcakes over, they were actually meant to be red velvets but the organic food colouring didn’t turn out dark enough (showing pink after 35 drops of purple)… I honestly thought that it was going to turn out black! I have read that gel colouring is more effective, where do I get hold of some of that?
So… Baking is in season again, the mess in the kitchen, the batter on the beaters, the aroma of butter… Everything about it is happiness. Lily and I decided to pick a gluten-free bake recipe – and we found the Orange Polenta Cake recipe from Taste.com. There weren’t any photos on the website but the rating for it was quite high.
The original recipe had syrup along with the cake but we’ve decided to skip that part, the cake is moist and sweet enough.
- 150g butter, at room temperature (straight out of the fridge? heat it up in the microwave for 15-20 seconds until soften but not melted)
- 2/3 cup (160g) sugar
- 2 oranges, rind finely grated
- 6 eggs
- 150g almond meal
- 1 cup polenta
- Preheat oven to 170°C.
- Grease and line the base and sides of a round cake pan.
- Beat butter, sugar and orange rind with an electric beater for 8 minutes or until pale and creamy.
- Beat in eggs one at a time (prepare for curdled-looking batter!) until well mixed.
- Stir in almond meal and polenta. Mix well.
- Spoon the mixture into the pan.
- Bake 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Set aside for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack.
- Slice and serve.
Recipe adopted from Taste.com
After the set time we found the cake still a bit runny in the centre, so we cut the middle bit off and baked it in a cup >>> polenta cupcake!
I love this recipe because you only need 6 ingredients and they are all easily found in a cake baker’s home. It is not very pedantic so you can make a mess and still have a cake at the end of the adventure.
I took a video of it after Lily took it out of her oven –
Looks good doesn’t it?