Apricot & Lime Polenta Cake

If baking cookies and gingerbreads  as well as shopping for gifts are the only things you have to worry about, consider yourself lucky.

Due to my garden weed situation,  I have been diligent in weeding out my front yard  for the past couple of days (my backyard is yet to finish, sigh!).  So far, Orange  does not have much of a summer, as the intermitent rain and the mugginess felt before downpours made gardening even less pleasurable than it was. Anyway, I’m glad that my front yard is looking a lot better now and before moving on to my backyard, I decided to take a break and bake a cake. A much needed gesture to inject some pleasure in between gardening. :P

Apart from the reason above, the other reason for today’s  baking was the apricots which I bought were too sour for direct consumption.  What a downer right?  Usually I don’t like to tamper with stonefruits as to me, they are already perfect as they are – in aroma, color and texture. However, every once in a while, you’ll end up with a couple of sour ones which is okay because this is when the baking routine comes in: Hello Dolly Sugar!

I modeled this recipe against Nigella Lawson’s lemon polenta cake from her latest book – Kitchen: Recipes from The Heart of The Home. Since I’m baking for two, I halved almost all the ingredients except for eggs. The original recipe calls for 3 eggs, but I wasn’t going to halve the original portion to 1.5 eggs. Firstly, what a pain to lightly beat 2 eggs and try to estimate 1.5 right? Secondly, what am I suppose to do the remaining 0.5 egg? Therefore, I added 2 eggs instead plus 40g self-raising flour which was not in the original recipe.

The result?

Initially, I thought the cake was going to be quite dry as Nigella made a syrup to drizzle over the cake – like a pre-syrup semolina cake. But I was quite wrong.  The cake turned out to be quite moist and crumbly with  a crusty outer layer that reminded me of polenta-crusted potatoes for a split second. When a cake is as good as this, I think it’s best to keep it au naturale – minus the syrup in this instance (even though I have made some).



To drizzle or not to drizzle? Nigella’s method is prick the top of the cake all over with a cake tester (in her words “a skewer would be too destructive”), and pour the warm syrup over the cake and leave to cool before taking it out of the cake pan. My preference is to drizzle over the slice(s) as I eat rather than soaking the whole cake in syrup. As I have mentioned before,  I think the cake is moist so in my opinion, soaking in syrup may make the cake soggy.


27 Responses to Apricot & Lime Polenta Cake
  1. Amy Bakes Everything
    December 16, 2010 | 12:11 pm

    The is pretty much the most gorgeous thing I’ve seen today! I love the idea of apricot and lime…well done!

  2. sukaina
    December 16, 2010 | 1:38 pm

    I would never have put apricot and lime together but this sounds like a yummy combo! Beautiful photos as always!

  3. lisabbakes
    December 16, 2010 | 3:14 pm

    This sounds wonderful, I will be trying this soon!

  4. Roxan
    December 16, 2010 | 3:40 pm

    Mmm, I do love the grittiness of polenta cake! Sorry to hear about your terrible weed situation, as I live in a small condo I don’t know what it’s like to tend to plants,but I do know what a pest weeds can be. But look at it this way, it could be worse! :)

  5. Heather
    December 16, 2010 | 5:51 pm

    Thaaaat looks ridiculously awesome.

  6. Janice
    December 16, 2010 | 7:05 pm

    I love all things polenta. It will be a while before apricot season comes around.

  7. Ilke
    December 16, 2010 | 10:11 pm

    I assume this must be just the right sweetness!
    Looks great and I think you did the right thing by rounding up the eggs :)

  8. Brian @ howtobaker
    December 16, 2010 | 11:30 pm

    This looks great! I don’t normally like polenta but the addition of apricot and lime (not to mention the cake part) seem like a good combination.

  9. Lau@Corridor Kitchen
    December 17, 2010 | 2:37 am

    It looks so moist and delicious! Thank you for giving me another idea for using up all that polenta I have lying around!

  10. jenny @ meltingbutter
    December 18, 2010 | 8:57 am

    this look amazing and moist…well done

  11. Cristina
    December 18, 2010 | 4:51 pm

    So good to know about how you used that .5 egg and that it turned out well. I too halve recipes, as I’m cooking for two and some recipes are just too much. I never quite know what to do about the egg portion. :)

    Great looking cake…this is my type of baking. I like your adjustments.

  12. Jun
    December 19, 2010 | 2:36 pm

    This is one good looking cake, the color is really fresh!

  13. shannon
    December 19, 2010 | 3:52 pm

    Great website…love the name Fuss Free Cooking! Congrats on food buzz top 9!!!

  14. Joann
    December 21, 2010 | 10:14 pm

    Lovely…and look yummy!

  15. Cat
    December 27, 2010 | 11:51 pm

    Any way you can do a US conversion for this recipe? I’m new to cooking and don’t trust trying to convert it myself.

    • Emily
      December 28, 2010 | 1:06 am

      Hi Cat,

      I have included the US conversion for the recipe. Good luck! :D

      • Cat
        December 28, 2010 | 2:41 am

        Thank you so much. It’s going to be one of my dishes for my New Years party!

  16. Claudie
    January 12, 2011 | 5:40 am

    This looks so appetizing! I just wish I could grab a bite from the picture…

  17. Trish @I_am_Succeeding
    January 16, 2011 | 2:01 pm

    I love this….thanks for sharing it!

  18. Lisa @ Tarte du Jour
    January 19, 2011 | 12:29 am

    Lovely! I love the idea of apricot and lime together. Fruit in cake is the best!

  19. Svetlana
    February 1, 2011 | 4:36 am

    Wow, this looks amazing!!!!! Can’t wait to try it! :)

    • Emily
      February 1, 2011 | 12:05 pm

      Thanks. Hope you’ll like it! :)

  20. Julie Dienes
    May 29, 2011 | 9:45 pm

    you left the apricots out of the recipe instructions… ???

    • Emily
      May 29, 2011 | 10:05 pm

      This has now fixed. Thanks for pointing it out! :)

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  22. Helena Appleton
    May 18, 2014 | 9:44 pm

    Hey, I just made this to round up the first BBQ of the year. An absolute triumph, congratulations! X

    • Emily
      May 18, 2014 | 10:50 pm

      Hi Helena,

      Thank you for your wonderful feedback. I am glad to hear that you liked it! :)

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