Gluten free blood orange polenta cake recipe

Give your guests a taste of sunshine with this gluten free Italian-inspired dessert. Made from polenta, also known as maize flour, this cake brings together the flavours of blood oranges, cardamom and almonds.
A polenta cake is on top of a square marble plate. A slice has been cut out of the cake. The slice is on a blue patterned plate. It has been topped with cream and an orange garnish. The plate also has a silver fork on it.

Key information

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 40-50 minutes

Serves: 10

Recipe difficulty rating: Medium

Allergens: Remember to provide a list of potential allergens for each item served at your Coffee Morning event so people can clearly see what ingredients they contain. You can use our cake labels, but make sure you write clearly in block capitals and black ink.


For the syrup and blood orange

Round Cake tin 23cm

45g unsalted butter

140g light brown sugar

16ml lemon juice

3 medium blood oranges

5 cardamom pods

1 sprig of rosemary

For the cake batter

200g unsalted butter

200g light brown sugar

3 free range eggs

16ml vanilla extract

200g ground almonds

100g coarse polenta

1 zest of orange

1 tsp orange blossom water

70g crème fraiche

3g baking powder (gluten free)

How to prepare blood orange polenta cake