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[Recipe] Orange Polenta Cake [Video]


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?

'canteen lady' and her cupcakes

‘canteen lady’ and her cupcakes

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 There weren’t any photos on the website but the rating for it was quite high.

Big and Small

Big and Small

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


  1. Preheat oven to 170°C.
  2. Grease and line the base and sides of a round cake pan.
  3. Beat butter, sugar and orange rind with an electric beater for 8 minutes or until pale and creamy.
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time (prepare for curdled-looking batter!) until well mixed.
  5. Stir in almond meal and polenta. Mix well.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the pan.
  7. Bake 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  8. Set aside for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack.
  9. Slice and serve.

Recipe adopted from

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?

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I am a friend, a daughter, a grand daughter, a cousin and an alumni. I am an ultimate sweet tooth, luckily my dental friend promised to look after my teeth for life. Self-claimed best bathroom singer, would like to make a living with singing and craft work. Now making a living as a freelance MC and singer specialising in Chinese weddings and tea ceremonies. Follow me on Instagram @nikki.zhao

5 thoughts on “[Recipe] Orange Polenta Cake [Video]

  1. The recipe must have taken long time.. blending the proportions…

  2. Dates and Walnut Cake Recipe

    Seedless dates – 225 gm
    Soda bi carbonate – ½ tsp
    Baking powder – ½ tsp
    Plain flour – 170 gm
    Butter – 230 gm
    Powdered sugar – 230 gm
    Walnuts(chopped) – 50 gm
    Eggs – 2 nos
    Vanilla essence – 1 tsp

    1)Chop the dates. Soak in 5 tbsp of water and add the Soda bi carbonate. Allow to stand overnight or at least for 4 hours.

    2)Sieve the flour and baking powder.

    3)Cream the butter and sugar very well until light and creamy.

    4)Add the eggs one at a time and beat well.

    5)Add the vanilla essence.

    6)Mix the dates and walnuts together and add alternatively with the flour.

    7)Grease and dust big ring mould.

    8)Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.

    9)Bake in a moderate oven at 200 degree C for 15 mins and then reduce to 170 degree C for another 30 mins or till done.

    Please try out my recipe…

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