Polenta Cake

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It has been a long time since I have wanted to make this cake, and I remembered Margherita from La Petite Casserole, posted a delicious one!! I have just made little changes.

Serves 8


  • 180g precooked Polenta (for me, I don’t have flour at home)
  • 100g of soft butter
  • 2 big eggs
  • 150g of white granulated sugar
  • 100g of powdered almond (for me)
  • 11g of baking powder (individual bags for me)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Icing sugar
  • 2 candied lemon slices


  1. Grease and flour a round baking cake pan (20 centimeters for me) and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 170C degrees.
  3. In a large bowl add the soft butter and the sugar.
  4. Whisk until it becomes creamy and light.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time and continue to mix.
  6. Add the pre-cooked Polenta, the powdered almond, and the baking powder.
  7. Continue to mix.
  8. Finally, add the zest of 1 lemon and the juice of 1 lemon and mix.
  9. Transfer into the baking cake and spread the all surface with a spatula.
  10. Bake for 40/45 minutes depending on the oven or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cook for 30 minutes.
  12. Transfer the cake to a serving dish, dust the top with the icing sugar and decorate with candied lemon slices and long strips of lemon zest.

This cake is really tasty, the lemon zest and the lemon juice bring a vibrant flavor. I served this cake with a strong coffee to balance the sweetness of the cake.

Bon Appétit!

PS: For the candied lemon slices, I used the same procedure as the Orangettes. Thinly slice a lemon, don’t set aside for 24 hours the candied lemon slices. You can add sugar to crystallize if you want.


44 Comments Add yours

  1. sabine says:

    Although I never tried to use Polenta for sweet stuff, I recently stumbled over a few recipes – guess I should try! Looks beautiful , Linda…!

    1. Thank you Sabine 🙂 We really enjoyed it and the texture is very nice.

  2. Hungrycookie says:

    Uhh never tried polenta in desserts. Interesting!

    1. This recipe is new to me and I was really surprised how tasty this cake came out 🙂
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  3. Karinna says:

    Yum. Love this type of polenta cake – esp where almonds are involved!

    1. Thank you Karinna 🙂 Very tasty cake.

  4. Neila says:

    it looks very easy to do. it reminds me a traditional Tunisian sweet called Harissat ellouze…My husband loves it. this is a less calorie variant. I will try it….

    1. Neila, this cake is so good, you will love it. It looks like Basboussa, but I prefer this one. See you soon 🙂

  5. milkandbun says:

    Mmmm delicious cake! and must be flavorful! 🙂

    1. Thank you Mila 🙂 Very yummy cake.

  6. Sounds delish. I have polenta flour in the pantry. Time to tame it out.

  7. platedujour says:

    Looks delicious Linda! I have to admit that before I would have polenta with a nice sausage or snails in a red wine stew but maybe it’s time to bake a polenta cake?!:D

    1. Thank you Marta 🙂 Very simple to make and delicious.

  8. Have yellow corn meal would love to try this cake dear linda

    1. Do let me know how it turns out, Vidya 🙂 One of my favorite, now.

  9. Oh wow, that looks so moist Linda! Yum!!

    1. It is very moist and very yummy 🙂

  10. Amanda says:

    OMG this looks so good, like an almondy, dense corn bread. I think i’d love this! Great recipe!

    1. Thank you, Amanda 🙂 This cake was a huge success at home, everyone loved it 🙂

  11. Gorgeous Linda, love polenta and this lemony cake looks perfect.

    1. Thank you very much Suzanne 🙂

  12. radhikasethi says:

    This looks too delicious Linda! 😋

    1. Thank you Radhika 😉

  13. Oh Linda what a pleasure to see this cake realized with your able hands…. I’m very glad you’ve liked it… as I told you, this is one of my proffered cake! Thanks a lot for your trust!

    1. Thank you Margherita, your cake is awesome. I prepared two, one with a glaze on the top and this one. It was a huge success at home. Je crois que je vais le faire très souvent. Merci encore 🙂

  14. This looks so delicious Linda! I know that I would adore the zesty lemon flavour!

    1. Thank you Margot 🙂 It is good and very flavorful.

  15. Ohh this sounds delish. Well done to both you and Margherita!

    1. Thank you so much 🙂

  16. skd says:

    Looks delicious Linda 🙂

    1. Thank you my Dear SKD 🙂

  17. Nancy says:

    Beautiful cake, Linda! Love the candied lemons to top it off…I’m bookmarking this one! ❤

    1. Thank you Nancy 🙂 It’s a great recipe and very tangy. Do let me know how it turns out! ❤

  18. chef mimi says:

    This looks fabulous and very moist! I’ve never used precooked polenta in a cake – what an interesting and wonderful idea!

    1. Thank you Mimi 🙂 This is the first time that I use precooked polenta too, this cake is very nice. Have a great weekend.

  19. andy says:

    you are a marvelous cook and an awesome photographer !! saving the recipe 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Andy for your sweet comment 🙂 The recipe is very tasty and tangy. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  20. andy says:

    Hi Linda !! check this out http://acbistro2014.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/polenta-cake/
    Thank you my friend for a wonderful cake recipe 🙂

    1. Andy, I’m taking my breakfast and you made me a beautiful surprise this morning 🙂 Thank you to you for your confidence and making this cake. The cake is really gorgeous. Have a wonderful weekend my Dear xxx

      1. andy says:

        It is a gorgeous cake 🙂 Thank you for sharing the recipe . Enjoy breakfast !!

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