Gluten free lemon and clementine cake recipe

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Best served with a pot of hot tea, our gluten free lemon and clementine cake is easy to prepare and ludicrously tasty.

Gluten free lemon and clementine cake on a board with english breakfast tea
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  • healthy
Preparation Time25 mins
Cooking Time1 hours 15 mins
Total Time1 hours 40 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories433 Kcal22%
Fat28 g40%
Saturated Fat13 g65%
Carbohydrates38 g15%

Best served with a pot of hot tea, our gluten free lemon and clementine cake is easy to prepare and ludicrously tasty.

This gluten free lemon and clementine cake is perfect for anyone looking for a twist on the classic lemon drizzle cake. It’s an easy gluten free bake that all of your friends and family can enjoy. This recipe is also idea if you’re hosting or contributing towards a bake sale and want a free-from option that’s just as delicious as the traditional cakes. Using ground almonds and polenta instead of flour gives the cake a good amount of bite and still keeps it lovely and moist. You can serve the cake on it’s own but it’s also lovely with a dollop of cream or crème fraiche.


  • 1 lemon
  • 1 clementine
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 175g unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 100g ground almond
  • 120g quick polenta
  • 1tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 60g icing sugar

You will need

  • loaf tin about 18x13cm, sides and base lined with baking parchment




  1. Heat the oven to 180C, Gas 5. Zest the lemon and clementine and mix with the caster sugar with zests and put to one side. Cut two 5mm slices of the clementine and one from the centre of the lemon and set to the side, juice the remaining fruit.
  2. Beat the butter until pale and fluffy. Add the infused sugar and zest and mix until well combined. Mix in the egg, a little at a time. Mix in the ground almond and polenta and put the batter into the loaf tin followed by the 1tbsp of the fruit juice.
  3. Put the batter into the tin and place the three fruit rounds on top. Cook the cake for 1hr 15mins. Then transfer to a cooling rack with a tray underneath to catch the drips. Allow the cake to cool for about 30mins, Mix the remaining juice and icing sugar and pour or brush over the warm cake.
Top Tip for making Gluten free lemon and clementine cake

Polenta is naturally gluten free as it’s made from maize.

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Rose Fooks
Deputy Food Editor

Rose Fooks is Deputy Food Editor at Future Publishing, creating recipes, reviewing products and writing food features for a range of lifestyle and home titles including GoodTo and Woman&Home. Before joining the team, Rose obtained a Diplome de Patisserie and Culinary Management at London’s Le Cordon Bleu. Going on to work in professional kitchens at The Delaunay and Zedel.