Lemon Polenta Cake

2 Reviews
100% would make this recipe again

Polenta (cornmeal) is used in Northern Italy for savory and sweet dish alike. My mother used to make this cake and serve it with tea.

Preparation : 15 min Cooking : 30 min Standing : 1 h
350 calories/serving
  • Can be done in advance
  • Easy
  • Gluten Free
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Kid-friendly


1 cup butter, unsalted 200 g
1 cup sugar 200 g
1 1/2 cup almonds 200 g
3/4 cup cornmeal (polenta) 100 g
2 tsp baking powder 5 g
3 eggs size large
2 lemons juice, freshly squeezed 240 g
1/2 cup icing/confectioners' sugar 65 g

Before you start

A hand-held or stand mixer will make things easier for this recipe.


  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F. Line the base of a 25cm springform cake pan with parchment paper and grease its sides lightly with butter.
  2. Lightly grind the sugar in a coffee grinder to make it just a bit finer, but not to icing sugar consistency. Set aside in a bowl. Grind the almonds, then set aside in another bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the sugar with the butter using a mixer, about 5 min until the mixture is pale and whipped. In another bowl, mix together the almonds, polenta and baking powder. Add the almond mixture, to the sugar micture, alternating with the eggs. Mix well until homogeneous.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan and bake in the oven for about 30-35 min. Check the cake with a toothpick or knife to see if it is cooked through. When done, pull the cake out of the oven and let it cool down in its pan.
  5. Meanwhile, make the syrup. Mix together the lemon juice and icing sugar in a glass or pyrex container. Cook in a microwave at maximum power until the icing sugar is dissolved into the juice. Pour the warm syrup over the cake, and leave to cool before taking it out of its pan. Serve.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 serving (90g)


% Daily Value




24 g

36 %

Saturated 9.7 g
+ Trans 0.7 g

52 %


80 mg


60 mg

2 %


33 g

11 %


3 g

13 %


23 g

Net Carbs

30 g


6 g

Vitamin A

15 %

Vitamin C

9 %


7 %


8 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : ¼ serving
Grain Products : ½ serving
Milk and Alternatives : 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives : ¾ serving


This recipe is :
Excellent source of  :
Vitamin E
Good source of  :
Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus
Source of  :
Calcium, Copper, Fibre, Folacin, Iron, Niacin, Omega-6, Pantothenic Acid, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin D, Zinc
Low  :


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches ½
Fruits 0
Meat and Alternatives 0
Fats 4 ½
Other Foods 1 ½

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This recipe is in the following categories

Desserts | Vegetarian | Kosher | Halal | Low Sodium | Italian