South African Pink Lady Cornmeal Cake & How To Make It

Recipe and images courtesy of South African Fruit.

South African Pink Lady Cornmeal Cake & How To Make It. Hello friends. Cake anyone? Yummy!

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!

South African Pink Lady Cornmeal Cake & How To Make It

South African Pink Lady Cornmeal Cake & How To Make It:

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 55 minutes

Serves 10


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


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.

South African Pink Lady Cornmeal Cake

South African Pink Lady Cornmeal Cake & How To Make It:

This campaign is run by HORTGRO, the industry association representing South African fruit growers.
Recipe and images courtesy of South African Fruit. So what do you think? Do you fancy making this recipe? Because I do! Let us know if you also try it. 

New South African Apple And Pear Recipes: Six To Choose From

You Might Also Like:

Firstly, New South African Apple And Pear Recipes: Six To Choose From. Today I am sharing all of the new South African apple and pear recipes with you. It’s the start of the South African apple and pear season. Particular varieties you’ll find in UK supermarkets from March until October are:

Apples: Granny Smith – Tart yet sweet taste with a firm, white and crisp flesh. Gala – Sweet flavour, yellow skin with red stripes and a firm crisp flesh. Golden Delicious – Golden yellow skin, with a delicate pink blush. Pink Lady (Cripps’ Pink) – Attractive pink colour and exquisite taste, slightly oblong in shape

Pears: Forelle – Oblong or bell-shaped with a distinctive pink blush, it has a sweet and juicy flavour. Williams – Yellow skin when ripe, with a fragrant, sweet and juicy taste. Packhams – Often unevenly shaped, green-yellow when ripe with a soft textured flesh Fruit farming has played a vital role in the development of South Africa in the last 20 years. New South African Apple And Pear Recipes: Six To Choose From. So many good ideas.

Pink and Delicious South African Baked Apples:

Secondly, how about this for a simple, sensational dessert? Pink Lady and Golden Delicious apples, cored and scored around their middles, then filled with dried fruits, orange zest and ground almonds – baked until soft. Anyone for ice cream on the side? Pink and Delicious South African Baked Apples. So healthy.

Peach And Thyme Filo Tarte Tatin. Thirdly, I am sharing a  recipe created by Nicola Millbank. (Using South African peaches, available in UK supermarkets until the end of April). The flavour and quality of peaches from South Africa are exceptional due to the country’s sunshine, ideal climate and near-perfect growing conditions. South African fruit is also an ethical choice because of its role in developing the country in the last 20 years. South African Peach And Thyme Filo Tarte Tatin. So tasty.

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  1. Miz Helen
    24 March 2018 / 16:20

    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

    • 7 April 2018 / 08:16

      Thanks for hosting and stopping by Miz Helen 🙂

  2. Lauretta C Wright
    20 March 2018 / 14:35

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

  3. Stephanie Moore
    19 March 2018 / 20:39

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

  4. passion fruit, paws and peonies
    19 March 2018 / 13:45

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

  5. Laura Side Street
    19 March 2018 / 00:44

    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

    • 19 March 2018 / 11:15

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

  6. Heather{Our Life In a Click}
    19 March 2018 / 00:35

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

  7. The Lazy Gastronome
    18 March 2018 / 22:03

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

  8. Five Little Doves
    18 March 2018 / 21:24

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

  9. Kara Guppy
    18 March 2018 / 19:26

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

  10. Stella Olojola
    18 March 2018 / 11:14

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

  11. Cathy
    18 March 2018 / 08:36

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

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