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Gluten Free Lemon Polenta Cake Recipe

This is a recipe entered in our October 2014 Real Free-From Baking Competition, contributed by Helen Snelling: A gluten-free treat using ground almonds and polenta instead of flour.

Posted by: Ann Smyth




1 - 2 hrs

Skill Level




Courses etc.

Baking Sweet
Recipes for kids

You will need

175g or 6oz unsalted butter, softened Available only in our Edinburgh shops More products
225g or 8oz caster sugar More products
200g or 7oz ground almonds More products
3 large eggs Available only in our Edinburgh shops More products
zest of 4 whole lemons and juice of one More products
115g or 4 oz polenta (cornmeal) More products
1 tsp baking powder More products
1 tsp xanthan gum More products
For the topping:
2 lemons, juice and zest More products
75g or 3oz sugar cubes OR
75g or about 3oz candied lemon peel More products

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  • Preheat the oven to 325F/160C/gas mark 3.  
  • Line an 8"/20cm round tin with baking parchment.
  • Put all the ingredients in a food processor and whizz to a smooth batter.
  • Spoon the mixture into the lined tin and bake for 45-50 mins, until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.  
  • Cool in the tin before turning out onto a plate.
  • For the topping:
  • Put the sugar cubes into a small bowl with the zest and juice of the two lemons. Soak for 5 mins, then use the back of a spoon to crush the cubes roughly. Spoon over the warm cake and leave to cool completely before slicing.
  • Real Foods note: Alternatively, and for a healthier option, the cake can be topped with candied lemon peel soaked in the lemon juice.

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Unsalted Welsh Butter Gluten Free, ORGANIC
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Medium Maize Meal Polenta Vegan
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