South African Pink Lady Cornmeal Cake

Recipe and images courtesy of South African Fruit.

South African Pink Lady Cornmeal Cake anyone?

You must try a slice of this yummy gluten-free polenta cake made with South African apples and ground almonds – it’s moist, moreish and marvellous!

How To Make A South African Pink Lady Cornmeal Cake:

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 55 minutes

Serves 10

Ingredients: 

  • 1 South African Pink Lady or Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 150g butter, at room temperature
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g polenta
  • Pinch of salt
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 1tsp gluten-free baking powder (most baking powder is gluten-free)
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon

Topping: 

  • Finely shredded zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 40g icing sugar
  • 1 South African Pink Lady or Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • Crème fraiche, to serve

How To Make:

1 Cook the chopped apple in a small amount of water for 5-6 minutes, until tender. Drain and cool. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin.

2 Beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy, then gradually beat in the eggs. Fold in the vanilla, polenta, salt, ground almonds and baking powder. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice and cooled apples.

3 Transfer the mixture to the cake tin and level the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes until set and golden. Cool for 20 minutes in the tin, then turn out carefully and cool completely. Remove the lining paper.

4 Heat the lemon zest and juice with 4tbsp water and the icing sugar. Add the apple slices and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Spoon over the cake and cool. Serve with crème fraiche.

Cook’s Tip: When grating zest from lemons, only remove the yellow part – the white pith has a bitter taste.

This campaign is run by HORTGRO, the industry association representing South African fruit growers.

Recipe and images courtesy of South African Fruit.

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22 Comments

  1. Cathy
    March 18, 2018 / 8:36 am

    Mmm I am definitely loving the sound of this, it looks delicious x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 18, 2018 / 5:25 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Cathy 🙂

  2. Stella Olojola
    March 18, 2018 / 11:14 am

    I like the sound of this cake recipe. Looks very tasty.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 18, 2018 / 5:26 pm

      Thanks for the comment Stella 🙂

  3. Kara Guppy
    March 18, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    I love pink lady apples but never thought of using them to bake – will give this a go

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 19, 2018 / 11:14 am

      Thanks for stopping by Kara 🙂

  4. Five Little Doves
    March 18, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    Ooh I have never tried anything like this before, I love the look of the cake!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 19, 2018 / 11:14 am

      Thanks for the comment Laura 🙂

  5. The Lazy Gastronome
    March 18, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    I have never had a cornmeal cake. This looks and sounds great – Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 19, 2018 / 11:14 am

      Thanks for hosting and stopping by 🙂

  6. Heather{Our Life In a Click}
    March 19, 2018 / 12:35 am

    This sounds so yummy! I've never had polenta cake!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 19, 2018 / 11:15 am

      Thanks for the comment Heather 🙂

  7. Laura Side Street
    March 19, 2018 / 12:44 am

    Oh I love this, Polenta cake is one of my favourite and I have to try this as I am from South Africa so I love that you used South African apples!Laura x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 19, 2018 / 11:15 am

      Thanks Laura, this is a guest post from South African fruit. They are so yummy and tasty too 🙂

  8. passion fruit, paws and peonies
    March 19, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    Oh wow I love the sound of this – it's so original. It looks so delicious Claire! xx

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 22, 2018 / 10:21 am

      Thanks for the comment Maria 🙂

  9. Stephanie Moore
    March 19, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    Oh I'm going to pin this as it looks so yummy! Love pink ladies apples

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 22, 2018 / 10:21 am

      Thanks for stopping by Stephanie 🙂

  10. Lauretta C Wright
    March 20, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    Oh! This look delicious. I have been trying to bake lately, I think I want to try doing this.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 22, 2018 / 10:21 am

      Thanks for the comment Lauretta 🙂

  11. Miz Helen
    March 24, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    We will really enjoy your South African Pink Lady Cornmeal Cake, can't wait to try it! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your great post with us at Full Plate Thursday!Miz Helen

    • Clairejustine oxox
      April 7, 2018 / 8:16 am

      Thanks for hosting and stopping by Miz Helen 🙂

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