Spicy Orange Polenta Cake // the perfect Fall cake


Awhile ago I have made this incredible moist polenta cake with homemade spicy sweet syrup. Not only it looks great on pictures making it totally IG-worthy it is also gluten- and sugar free too! Woo! This proofs again that healthy baking and eating can be super colorful and fragrant as well. And speaking of colorful, this cake was so beautiful contrasted in colors that I barely need to adjust and edit in Photoshop.

Thanks to the spicy fragrant this cake is absolutely a great treat for Fall and the upcoming colder days.  

Een tijd geleden heb ik deze heerlijke smeuïge sinaasappel polenta cake gemaakt met huisgemaakte zoete kruidensiroop. Niet alleen ziet het er tof uit op foto's en natuurlijk IG-waardig, het is ook nog eens een gluten- en suikervrije cake! Triomf! Dit bewijst weer dat gezond bakken en eten niet saai is maar juist heel kl(g)eurrijk kan zijn. Hij was zo kleurrijk dat ik de foto's weinig hoef te bewerken in Photoshop.

De kruidige aroma in deze cake maakt het een perfecte traktatie voor de herfst en natuurlijk voor de aankomende frisse knusse dagen. 

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The Ingredients
2 oranges (skin on + washed)
150-200 gr honey
5 eggs
100 ml vegetable oil
170 gr ground almond flour
50 gr polenta flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. orange zest
pinch of salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract
5 cardamon pods
1 cinnamon stick
1 anise star
200 ml honey or other sweetener
200 ml water

GARNISH (optional)
candied oranges & fresh mint leaves
Hey! I am gluten- and sugar free!
This stuff smells incredible goooood!
Cake is served, let the Fall
This moist spicy orange polenta cake is great on it`s naturel self but if you`re like me and you want to spice the cake even more with topping such as candied oranges (see recipe at my Facebook!) and mint please go ahead! I also have heat up the cake and put it back again the oven for a min or 5 at 100C degrees. Hence the pretty scorched mint leaves you`ll see down below.
The Steps
1. Add everything in a small pot and bring it to simmer and let it simmer for about 5 minute before removing from heat. Strain the syrup and set aside.

1. Preheat oven to 190ºC and grease and line a 23cm ⌀ springform/cakepan with baking paper.
2. Place the oranges in a pan with roughly about 2 cups of water and let it simmer for an hour. Then remove the oranges and let it cool down for about 30 min. Once cooled down place them in the blender and blitz them into pulp & puree.
3. In a large bowl beat up eggs and honey until foamy and thick.
4. Then add in the rest of the ingredients along the orange puree and mix and combine well.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for about 45 min until there`s a golden brown crust formed on top. Let it cool in the cake pan for about 10 min and then remove it to cool down completely.(I have left mine in the cake pan which is ok too)
6. Grab a toothpick and start poking holes in the entire cake.
7. Pour bit by bit the spicy syrup in to the cake, allowing to absorb through the cake before adding more. You can safe 30-50% of the syrup for the extra garnishing when you sliced the cake. Garnish it with candied oranges and mint and enjoy!


  1. This cake is so beautifully garnished!!! <333 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

    1. Thank you so much sweet Audrey, here have a slice -sends a virtual one- :') Xx

  2. YOU CAN BLEND AN ENTIRE ORANGE?! mind blown!! I feel so sad for the burnt mint leaves, haha. I'll put it on right before serving so mine won't have the same fate!

    becky @ star violet

    1. Haha yes! You can! But the orange is cooked so it's kind of mushy already when it got into the blender :P Xx

  3. So delicious! It didn't occur to me that polenta could be used for baking!

    1. It´s is :D and yeah, polenta is quite amazing versatile stuff! Xx

  4. Trying this for the holidays!


    1. Wooo!! Please let me know how it turns out :D Xx

  5. Oooo I've got a recipe I bookmarked somewhere for a polenta cake! Orange as well! This looks great, I can imagine how great it smells!

    1. Thank you!! You should totally try it out yourself :D xx


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