Orange, Quinoa and Polenta Cake 

Why hello June! June is one of my favourite months of the year, not only because my birthday is in June, but also for all of the wonderful food that comes into season and summer warmth. All of the wonderful summer berries, especially raspberries, courgettes, apricots, salads, tomatoes… the list could go on and on.

For my first post in June I thought I would share a cake recipe. This cake is delicious! The only disappointment was that my sister could not eat it. As I have said previously my sister has a lot of allergies and ulcerative colitis which really restricts what she can eat. We were extremely excited when we found a source of quinoa flour that hadn’t been processed alongside buckwheat. We had used this companies quinoa flakes which were great so we’re really hopefully about the flour. However after the first mouthful she knew that she wouldn’t be able to continue eating it. She was so disappointed as it tastes wonderful and we thought we had finally found a flour that she could have! This cake is gluten free but not dairy free as I did use butter but a non dairy spread would work too.

The quinoa flour has a really nice nutty flavour once cooked. Do not be put off when you are making it as it smells quite strong before it is cooked. The polenta adds some nice texture to the cake. I’m not normally a fan of citrus in sweet things but this was great. I used coconut yoghurt in this but dairy yoghurt could also be used to. I really enjoyed cooking with the quinoa flour and I’m looking forward to trying new recipes with it, it is just a shame that my sister won’t be able to eat them too!

Orange, Quinoa and Polenta Cake


  • 100g butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g quinoa flour
  • 130g polenta
  • 50g ground cashew nuts (or almonds)
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 80g coconut yogurt
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • Juice of half an orange
  • Zest of 2 oranges


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C and line an 8 inch cake tin with parchment paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix. Add in the quinoa flour, ground cashews, polenta and bicarbonate of soda and continue to mix.
  3. Add the yogurt, honey, orange juice and zest and mix until everything is incorporated.
  4. Pour into the cake tin and cook for 45 minutes.

Enjoy! H x


20 thoughts on “Orange, Quinoa and Polenta Cake 

  1. I found this recipe through Tell ‘Em Tuesday on Peeled Wellness. Beautiful photos. I’m looking forward to trying this out. I wonder how it would look made with red quinoa …

  2. This looks delicious! I’ve never tried baking with quinoa flour before, but it sounds intriguing. The orange and polenta combination sounds lovely!

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