Orange Polenta Cake by Dr Sue Shepherd

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A beautiful cake for afternoon tea!  Moist and delicious!


  • ½ cup fine rice flour
  • 1 cup polenta
  • ¼ cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 80 g dairy-free spread, softened
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • grated zest of 2 oranges
  • 3 eggs
  • 200 g low-fat gluten-free vanilla soy yoghurt


  1. Preheat oven    to    180°C/160°C    fan-forced.    Grease    a    20    cm    round springform pan.
  2. In a    large    bowl    mix    the    flour,    polenta,    coconut,    baking    powder, bicarbonate   of   soda   and   xanthan   gum   with   a   whisk   until   thoroughly combined.
  3. Cream the   dairy-free   spread,   sugar   and   vanilla   essence   using   electric beaters  in  a  bowl  until  pale  and    Add  the  orange  juice  and  zest, and  mix  well  to  combine.  Add  eggs,  one  at  a  time,  beating  well  after each addition.
  4. Add half   the   sifted   flour   mixture   and   using   electric   beaters   mix   on low   speed   until   well      Add   half   the   soy   yoghurt.   Mix   well. Add   remaining   flour   mixture   and   mix   again,   then   add   remaining   soy yoghurt.
  5. Pour batter  into  pan  and  bake  in  the  oven  for  40-50  minutes  or  firm  to touch,  or  skewer  inserted  into  the  middle  comes  out    (If  the  cake is  browning  too  quickly  during  cooking  cover  with  foil.)  Remove  from oven  and  set  aside  for  5  minutes  before  turning  out  onto  a  wire  rack  to cool completely.


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Nutritional Analysis

Per   serve   (14): Energy   893   kJ   (212   Cal),   protein   3.7 g,  fat   6.4   g,   saturated   fat   1.5   g,   carbohydrate   36   g,   sugars   17.6   g,   fibre   0.7   g, sodium 659 mg, GI medium


Recipe taken from Wheat Gluten & Lactose Free Food Book 2 by Dr Sue Shepherd.

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