Lemon & Raspberry Polenta Cake

Wow your friends and family with this gorgeous lemon raspberry polenta cake courtesy of Cartwright & Butler.

The cream together with the raspberries and delicious lemon curd give this recipe a wonderful, summery tangy feel.



  • 2lb loaf tin (approx. 21.5 x 11 x 7cm), greased and lined
  • 150g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 180g ground almonds
  • 85g fine polenta
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 1 lemon

For the lemon syrup:

For the topping:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan/gas 4.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the almonds, polenta, baking powder and eggs until all the ingredients are well combined and a thick batter has formed.
  3. Finely grate in the zest of the lemon along with the juice. Whisk together all the ingredients before pouring into the pre-greased and lined loaf tin. Bake in the oven for 40 - 45 minutes until golden and cooked through.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin. Loosen the lemon curd with boiling water to create a lemon syrup. Using a thin skewer, poke 10 - 12 holes into the cake and drizzle over the syrup allowing to soak in.
  5. When the cake is completely cool, carefully remove from the tin and place on a serving plate. Make the ricotta topping by whipping together the cream, icing sugar and vanilla essence to soft peaks. Gradually fold in the ricotta to incorporate all the ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. When ready to serve, generously spoon the ricotta mixture on top of the cake. Scatter with raspberries and drizzle on the lemon curd (gently warm in the microwave to loosen).
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