Orange, Almond & Polenta Cake

I still find it difficult to welcome the winter. My first contact with a chilly wind takes more than a few minutes to get accustomed to. Even harder, is waking up to a grey sky for the next few months. I am a South American girl and love sunshine, not like Rio’s 40C, I am happy with 25C and the long, light days. I love London so much and by now I should have got used to the cold and wet winters but I haven’t.

Orange Almond Polenta Cake

Hopefully, after a few more winters I will be able to accept and even enjoy and not complain so often.

So, while I am not yet at this stage and warm days are still far away, I try to enjoy the winter within four walls and think of baking and the hot chocolate and mulled wine season. I always find an excuse to bake any time of the year, but even more so during the winter.

Orange Almond Polenta Cake

I love simple cakes, the ones that are easy and quick to make, without any icing or syrup on top. I also love orange and almond and I grew up eating polenta so I have added these 3 ingredients to make this delicious, moist, golden yellow loaf, the perfect indulgence on a cold Sunday afternoon.

This is a straightforward cake to make so anyone hesitant about baking should have a go as there is no fancy footwork!  For a normal version with gluten: replace the gluten free flour with wheat flour.

Orange Almond Polenta Cake

Orange Almond Polenta Cake
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  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1 cup of gluten free flour mix ( I used doves farm )
  3. ½ cup cornmeal / polenta flour
  4. 1/3 cup almond meal flour
  5. ½ cup sunflower oil
  6. 1 tablespoon of gluten free baking powder
  7. 1 cup sugar
  8. 1/2 cup orange juice
  9. Zest of 1 orange
  10. ½ Almond shaves
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  2. Mix all ingredients together. Add the orange zest at the end.
  3. Put the batter into a baking tin and sprinkle the top with almond shaves.
  4. Bake the loaf for 40 min to 1h, depending on the oven.
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  1. Gracie says

    Hey Leila,

    This blog looks amazing, especially this cake! I might try this on the weekend and let you know how it turns out!

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