Sunday, March 10, 2013

Orange Olive Oil Polenta Cake with Orange Glaze Recipe

Orange Olive Oil Polenta Cake

I had to do this, to try an olive oil cake. I’ve read lots of rave reviews on the flavor that olive oil imparts, and at the same time I wonder why I don’t see olive oil cake in cafes and supermarkets. Maybe it’s because we are still getting used to savoury ingredients in sweet items.

Anyway, this cake is delicious, moist and orangy! But I didn’t notice any olive oil flavor, even though I used a really fragrant olive oil. In future if I wanted to have a cake with some olive oil flavor, I would use olive oil in the frosting or drizzle.

Orange Olive Oil Polenta Cake

3 orange (about 500 grams in total)
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 eggs
½ teaspoon salt
1 cups sugar
½ cup flour
1 cup polenta
1 cup almond meal (or use polenta instead)
1 teaspoon baking powder

Orange Glaze
Orange juice
Sugar or golden syrup

1.      Boil 2 oranges in water for an hour, ensuring that the oranges are totally covered at all times. Once boiled for an hour, drain and let it cool to room temperature
2.      Cut oranges into quarters, remove any seeds and puree it in a food processor
3.      Whisk the eggs, sugar and olive oil until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture turns pale. Add the orange puree and mix well
4.      Add polenta, almond meal, flour and baking powder, and stir until just combined
5.      Lightly grease a round 20cm cake pan.
6.      Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake at 160°C/320°F for an hour, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
7.      To make the glaze, extract orange juice from 1 orange, mix with sugar/syrup to get the desired amount of sweetness. Cook over medium heat until it thickens slightly.


  1. Amazing and surprising! Both the use of corn and olive oil are extremely intriguing. I haven't got the slightest idea of what the taste would be like... I must test it then!

  2. Should the oranges be peeled or not before boiling?

    1. It shouldn't be peeled, boil the whole orange as it. After boiling the bitterness from the white bits disappears.

    2. Thank you :-) One more stupid question - what do you do with the last orange? Recipe calls for 3 oranges - directions says to boil 2. Squeeze if for orange juice for the glaze???

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    4. Hi again, its certainly not a stupid question. Yes juice the orange for the glaze. Thanks for pointing out the typo. If you have extra orange juice, mix with vodka:)

  3. what kind of polenta are you using? regular (the type that takes an hour to cook) or instant? Thanks!

    1. Hi Helen, thanks for visiting. I used finely ground polenta. I've never bought instant polenta, that might work as well.

  4. thanks, you re not supposed to taste the olive oil, it just makes a very good cake, as far as I know ☺


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