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South African Pink Lady Cornmeal Cake

South African Pink Lady Cornmeal Cake.

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:

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

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

Recipe and images courtesy of South African Fruit.

South African Pink Lady Cornmeal Cake
South African Pink Lady Cornmeal Cake

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22 thoughts on “South African Pink Lady Cornmeal Cake

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

  2. 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

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

  4. 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

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