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Orange and Rose Polenta Cake

Updated August 11, 2022
An easy recipe for vegan orange and rose polenta cake. The perfect quick and comforting bake made with only 8 ingredients.
Total Time 40 mins
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Got a celebration coming up? This vegan orange and rose polenta cake is the PERFECT thing to make. And no one will even be able to tell it’s vegan!

This cake is light but still moist, sweet but not too sweet, and has subtle hints of rose and orange that’ll have you coming back for another bite before you can finish the first one.

What is polenta?

Polenta, also known as cornmeal to those in the US, is coarsely ground dried corn. It might sound a little strange as a cake ingredient, but it gives polenta cake its signature texture and rich flavour.

a polenta cake topped with orange slices and rose petals

What’s in a polenta cake?

I have tried to keep things simple with this cake. Less than 10 ingredients? Check. Only one bowl to wash up? Check. Ready in 40 minutes? Check. 25 of which are spent watching Netflix? Double check. (Just a little insight into my recipe criteria: I take Netflix minutes pretty seriously 😉 )

As you know, most cakes normally have eggs in, but there are no eggs in sight here! Instead, I have used dairy-free yoghurt, which adds extra richness and still keeps the cake light and fluffy. We also soak the cake in orange juice after baking for extra sweetness and moisture.

a cake with a slice taken out from it

FAQ

Can I make this cake vegetarian?

Yes – simply swap the soy milk, vegan butter and vegan yoghurt for dairy equivalents.

How do I make a plain polenta cake?

Omit the orange juice and rose petals to make a plain version. You could serve it topped with some chocolate ganache!

I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you make it, please leave a rating + review below and share your photos on Instagram tagging #shivanilovesfood!

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5 from 3 votes

Orange and Rose Polenta Cake

A quick and easy recipe for orange and rose polenta cake, which is also vegan, dairy-free, and eggless. It is the perfect quick and comforting bake, and has only 8 ingredients.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: baking, Italian, vegan
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 267kcal
Author: Shivani Raja

Ingredients

  • 1 cup/ 240 ml Soy Milk or milk of choice
  • ¼ cup/ 55 grams Vegan Butter melted
  • ¼ cup/ 60 grams Vegan Yoghurt or dairy yoghurt
  • 4 tbsp Orange Juice
  • 1 cup/ 160 grams Polenta
  • 1 ¼ cups/ 160 grams Plain Flour
  • ½ cup/ 100 grams Caster Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Rose Petals optional, for decoration

Instructions

  • Add the soy milk, vegan butter, vegan yoghurt and 2 tablespoons of the orange juice to a large bowl and whisk together until smooth.
  • Add the polenta, flour, sugar and baking powder to the bowl, and whisk well to combine.
  • Pour the mixture into a 23cm cake tin which has been greased and lined with greaseproof paper.
  • Bake the polenta cake at 180°C/350°F for 25 minutes, or until the top is golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Brush the remaining 2 tablespoons of orange juice onto the cake, then leave to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the tin. 
  • Optional: Decorate with orange slices and rose petals.

Shivani’s Tips

  • This recipe yields a cake with a subtle sweet flavour. If you prefer a sweeter taste, you can either increase the sugar to 150 grams, or soak the cake in sugar syrup rather than orange juice.
  • The cake will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
 

NUTRITION

Serving size: 1 slice
Calories: 269kcal | Fat: 6.7g | Saturated Fat: 3.7g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 61mg | Carbohydrates: 47.9g | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 15.1g | Protein: 5.1g 

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8 thoughts on “Orange and Rose Polenta Cake”

  1. 5 stars
    Hi! Shivani. Thank you very much for this awesome rose and polenta cake recipe! My family and I loved it very much! I made it and it turned out very fluffy with right sweetness! II did not have rose petals. I use coconut oil, zest of one big orange and some dry coconut flakes. And instead of orange juice, I use cointreau liquor(in and out). Very delicious! Definitely this cake is gonna be one of my favorite cake recipes!
    Thank you very much!

  2. Thank you for this recipe! Guess what? I am from the land of Polenta, not only the country (Italy) but the region too. And I think I am going to follow your recipe 😉
    I am looking for a vegan recipe with no fancy ingredients and this seems just perfect: what a gastronomical journey for this recipe!

  3. Hi Shivani! Any recommendations for trying a gluten-free version of this cake? I’m dying to bake something with polenta, blood oranges & rose so that would be the perfect match! Thank you 🙏🏾 🌹

    1. Hi Clo,

      I haven’t tested a gluten-free version of this recipe yet, but I think your best bet would be to try a gluten-free all purpose flour blend.

      Best of luck with it!

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