Lemon polenta cake with cardamom syrup

Recipe from: 3/1/2005
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Ingredients 13
Servings 12
Time 20 minutes


  • 320
    soft butter
  • 200
    castor sugar
  • 6
    large eggs
  • 10
    vanilla essence
  • 3
    lemons, grated rind
  • 50
    lemon juice
  • 240
    fine polenta
  • 25
    baking powder
  • 325
    castor sugar
  • 10
    cardamom pods, bruised
  • 50
    lemon juice
  • 50
    slivered almonds, toasted


15 minutes
Cream the butter and the sugar until light.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add the vanilla essence, lemon rind and lemon juice.
Fold in the sifted flour, polenta and baking powder until just combined.
Spoon the mixture into a greased 20 cm diameter cake tin and bake at 180 °C for 40 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 160 °C and bake for a further 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

While the cake is baking, prepare the syrup: place the sugar, cardamom pods, lemon juice and 475 ml water in a saucepan and bring to the boil, then allow to simmer, stirring frequently for 20 minutes, or until the syrup has reduced by half.
Allow to cool until lukewarm, then strain the syrup and discard the cardamom pods.
Remove the cake from the oven and make several pricks with a skewer all over the surface.
Pour half the syrup over the cake. Allow to stand for 30 minutes to allow the syrup to be absorbed.
Remove the cake from the tin and cut into squares or slices. Drizzle with the remaining syrup and top with toasted almonds.

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