Lemon-Almond Polenta Skillet Cake Recipe
Lemon-Almond Polenta Skillet Cake
This simple cake is a cross between a traditional Torta de Santiago from Spain and a classic polenta cake. The polenta adds not only a delicious corn flavor but also a little crunch and texture. Serve it with our Rhubarb Compote and a dollop of whipped cream.
- 1 3/4 cups fine almond flour (from blanched almonds)
- 1/3 cup polenta
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 Tbsp lemon zest (from 2 large lemons)
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp butter, shortening, or oil for greasing the pan
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a blender, pulse the polenta a couple of times to get a medium-coarse texture. Transfer to a bowl and keep the blender handy.
- Combine polenta, almond flour, baking powder, and salt; stir to blend well.
- Place 9-inch cast iron skillet (or see Cook's Tip for baking in a springform pan) in oven for 10 minutes while mixing batter, step 5.
- Place the eggs and sugar in the blender and mix at medium speed for 1-2 minutes until thoroughly combined and pale in color. Add vanilla, lemon juice, and zest; pulse until combined.
- Add egg mixture to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Remove skillet from oven. Add 1 Tbsp butter and, using an oven mitt, carefully tilt pan to coat side and bottom. Spread batter in pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and cake tester or thin skewer inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
- Cool on wire rack. Cut into wedges and serve with Rhubarb Compote and whipped cream, if you like.
- Cook’s Tips:
- To use a 9-inch springform pan, grease bottom and side of pan. Line bottom with parchment paper. Do not preheat pan (Step 3). Bake as directed and remove to a wire rack. Cool for 10 minutes in pan, then remove side of pan and cool completely.
- We like polenta for a little crunch in this cake—you can substitute cornmeal, which is finer, for a more delicate texture.
Ratings and Reviews
“Fantastic! i love the bright lemon flavor in combination with the slightly crunchy texture. it's unique, very moist, and not as sweet as typical cakes. i baked professionally for a spell, and would have put this on the menu.”
“This was way too sweet for me. not sure i"d make it again, even with less sugar.”