Polenta Cake with Orange Sauce


Polenta cakes have a special flavor, I think. This polenta cake is lightly flavored with rum, lemon and orange, then served with a simple orange sauce. This cake can also be frozen with great success.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
1 9-inch cake


Polenta Cake:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 5 eggs

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 7 tablespoons polenta

  • 5 teaspoons baking powder

  • 5 tablespoons rum

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Orange Sauce:

  • 2 cups orange juice

  • 3 tablespoons orange marmalade


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch springform pan and dust with flour.

  2. Combine butter and sugar in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Beat eggs in a separate bowl until light and foamy and mix into the butter-sugar mixture.

  3. Sift flour, polenta, and baking powder together. Fold into the batter. Stir in rum, lemon juice, orange juice, lemon zest, and orange zest. Pour batter into the prepared springform pan and level with a spatula.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Cover top with aluminum foil if it starts browning too quickly.

  5. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a table knife around the edges to loosen. Remove carefully onto a serving plate or cooling rack. Let cool completely.

  6. Stir orange juice and orange marmalade together in a saucepan. Heat over low heat until it has reduced to a thick sauce, 5 to 10 minutes. Slice cake and drizzle with orange sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

517 Calories
22g Fat
69g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 517
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 163mg 54%
Sodium 437mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 69g 25%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 38mg 192%
Calcium 221mg 17%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 222mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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