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Gluten-free plum polenta cake recipe

Gluten-free plum polenta cake recipe

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Add some Italian flavours into your bake with this supremely moist plum and polenta cake. This gluten-free dessert is packed with zingy citrus and fruity flavours – the perfect cake for afternoon tea washed down with a cup of tea. See method

  • Serves 8
  • 1hr for the pastry, 1hr cooking and 25mins for cooling
  • 630 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free


For the cake

  • 150g gluten-free medium cornmeal
  • 150g ground almonds
  • 250g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 unwaxed lemon, finely zested
  • 5 eggs
  • 220ml (7 1/2 fl oz) sunflwower oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 ripe plums, halved and pitted

For the syrup

  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • Greek yogurt, to serve
  • 220ml sunflower oil

Perfect with:

PlumsHand picked for succulent flesh and sweet flavour Plums
Hand picked for succulent flesh and sweet flavour

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    42g 61%
  • Saturates

    5g 27%
  • Sugars

    39g 43%
  • Salt

    0.4g 7%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 55.1g Protein 9.9g Fibre 2.7g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 3, 170°C, fan 150°C and grease and line a 24cm springform tin.
  2. In a bowl, combine the cornmeal, ground almonds, sugar, baking powder and lemon zest.
  3. In a separate bowl, thoroughly whisk together the eggs, sunflower oil and vanilla extract. Add this to the dry ingredients and combine until fully incorporated.
  4. Pour the mixture into the lined 24cm springform cake tin. Gently lay the plum halves, flesh-side down, at equal intervals around the edge of the cake and in the centre (they will sink into the cake as it cooks, ending up around the middle). Bake for 30 mins then reduce to 160°C and cook for a further 30-35 mins until the top is golden brown and a skewer comes out clean. (If the top browns too quickly, cover with foil.)
  5. Remove and leave to cool for 10 mins. While cooling, place the orange juice and maple syrup in a pan over a high heat. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 mins. Using a skewer, make little holes over the surface of the cake. Slowly pour over the syrup, ensuring it is evenly distributed. Leave to cool completely. Serve with a few spoons of Greek yogurt on the side.

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