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Friday 10 May 2013

Gluten Free: Berry Polenta Cake

Polenta really is a wonderful thing. Not only can you make brilliant savoury dishes like polenta pizza and fishcakes with it, you can also make delicious cakes. I definitely want to try Sara's apple, honey and polenta cake, while lemon and coconut sound like great cake partners. The great thing about polenta cake is that, even though they look quite heavy, they're actually light and you can completely justify eating it with cream, or just having that second (third, fourth and fifth) slice.

My nut allergic and gluten free friends get sad when they're offered yet another flourless cake containing almonds, so I made this one with them in mind. It's the perfect cake to make for you gluten free friends because you don't have to buy any special ingredients, everything in the recipe is probably already in your kitchen. You could even make it dairy free by using soya yoghurt and dairy free spread.

Raspberry Polenta Cake
You'll need:
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 175g natural yogurt
  • 50g raspberries (defrosted frozen raspberries are great because they squish more easily)
  • 130g margarine
  • 130g vanilla sugar (or caster sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 150g polenta
Make it!
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4 and grease a 20cm springform cake tin.
  2. Whisk your egg white until they're stiff and frothy.
  3. Beat the egg yolks, yoghurt, raspberries, margerine, sugar and polenta together until they're thoroughly mixed.
  4. Add a third of the egg whites to the cake mixture and stir to help loosen it. Add the rest of the egg whites and gently fold them in with a metal of silicone spoon (not wooden). Once the batter is all the same colour and there are no streaks of white in it, it's done.
  5. Gently pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 35-40 minutes, until a skewer comes out cleanly and the top is lightly golden.
I've topped this one with a whiskey cream. Whisk 300ml of double cream and 1 tbsp whiskey together until stiff and spread over the top of the cake. 


  1. what should i replace the yogurt with to make it dairy free do you know?

  2. (what kind of yogurt i mean- do you have a specific brand that works?)

    1. Alpro soya yoghurt or CoYo coconut yoghurt work well, but really any dairy free yoghurt will work.

  3. Caleigh - THANK YOU! Raspberries in a gluten free cake that doesn't include ground almonds, you're my hero!

    1. You're very welcome! Everyone should have cake.


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