Gluten-free lemon polenta cake recipe

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This gluten-free lemon polenta cake with honey drizzle is a deliciously fancy take on a classic lemon drizzle.

lemon polenta cake with honey drizzle
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Preparation Time30 mins
Cooking Time1 hours 20 mins
Total Time1 hours 50 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories558 Kcal28%
Fat37 g53%
Saturated Fat15 g75%

This gluten-free lemon polenta cake with honey drizzle is a super fancy take on a classic lemon drizzle. The use of fine polenta gives this bake a crumbly, moist texture and piled high with berries and generously drizzled with fruity honey, it's a sweet, summery winner.


For the cake:

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs, beaten
  • 250g ground almonds
  • Few drops of vanilla extract
  • Rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2tbsp milk
  • 125g fine polenta
  • 11⁄2 level tsp gluten-free baking powder

For the lemon syrup:

  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 6tbsp honey
  • Icing sugar

For the topping:

  • 150-170g punnet raspberries
  • 180-200g punnet blueberries
  • Sprigs of mint, for decoration

You will need:

  • 23cm (9in) cake tin, greased with butter and base lined with baking parchment




  1. Set the oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3.
  2. Beat the butter until soft and pale. Add the sugar and beat until light and creamy. Whisk in the egg, a little at a time. Gently fold in the almonds, vanilla, lemon rind and juice, milk, polenta and baking powder. Pour the mixture into the tin and level the surface. Bake for 50 mins-1hr, or until a skewer comes out clean after being inserted into the cake. If the cake is getting too dark, cover the top with foil after 30 mins. Remove from the oven and leave it in the tin.
  3. To make the syrup, place the lemon juice and honey in a pan and stir in the icing sugar until it has dissolved. Spoon half the syrup over the cake while the cake and syrup are hot. Arrange the fruit on top. Re-warm the syrup and drizzle on top and decorate with sprigs of mint.
Top Tip for making Gluten-free lemon polenta cake

You could make this cake using other citrus fruits such as limes or oranges too.

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Food & Recipes writer

Sue McMahon is a former Food and Recipes Writer at GoodTo and Cooking Editor at Woman's Weekly. Her primary passion is cakes and Sue regularly travels the world teaching cake decorating. Her biggest achievement to date was winning the Prix d’honneur at La Salon Culinaire International de Londres beating over 1,200 other entries.