Excuse the bad photographs…they don’t do this marvellous cake justice. Truthfully, I am an icing girl. I love, love, love layers of deliciously smooth and creamy butter icing; the more the better. Like Magnolia Bakery’s
However, the one other cake I adore has no icing at all. Shock! But it doesn’t need it. It is mouth-wateringly moist and lemony and delicious without any icing at all. It is Lemon Polenta Cake
If you love cupcakes – be prepared to cheat on your all time love. It’s OK, I promise.
Here’s the recipe:
for the cake:
200g soft unsalted butter, plus some for greasing
200g caster sugar
200g ground almonds
100g fine polenta/cornmeal
1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder (gluten-free if required)
zest 2 lemons (save the juice for the syrup, below)
for the syrup:
juice 2 lemons
125g icing sugar
1 x 23cm springform or other round cake tin
Line the base of your cake tin with baking parchment and grease its sides lightly with butter.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
Beat the butter and sugar till pale and whipped, either by hand in a bowl with a wooden spoon, or using a freestanding mixer
Mix together the almonds, polenta and baking powder, and beat some of this into the butter-sugar mixture, followed by 1 egg, then alternate dry ingredients and eggs, beating all the while
Finally, beat in the lemon zest and pour, spoon or scrape the mixture into your prepared tin and bake in the oven for about 40 minutes
It may seem wibbly but, if the cake is cooked, a cake tester should come out cleanish and, most significantly, the edges of the cake will have begun to shrink away from the sides of the tin. remove from the oven to a wire cooling rack, but leave in its tin
Make the syrup by boiling together the lemon juice and icing sugar in a smallish saucepan.
Once the icing sugar’s dissolved into the juice, you’re done
Prick the top of the cake all over with a cake tester (a skewer would be too destructive), pour the warm syrup over the cake, and leave to cool before taking it out of its tin