Recipe – Blackberry, Lime & Polenta Cake

This is one of those cakes that you really need to eat with a fork as it’s so squelchy  – and I’m not going to pretend it’s low in fat or sugar either. However for the occasional treat, this is ridiculously good and better yet, if you have a food processor it takes no time at all to prepare as you throw all the ingredients in together.

If you prefer the type of cake that’s less messy to eat with your fingers, just halve the amount of elderflower and lime syrup that you pour all over it while still hot from the oven.

Blackberry Lime & Polenta Cake

Blackberry Lime & Polenta Cake


(Makes 16-20 squares)


8oz (225g) of self rising flour

2.5 oz (75g) of yellow cornmeal/polenta

9 oz (250g) of unsalted butter, softened

8 oz (230g) of fine white sugar

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon of pure vanilla

The juice and zest of 1 large lime

2 tablespoons of pouring cream

6 oz (170g) of fresh blackberries

For the syrup topping, combine the following:

3.5 fl oz (100ml) of elderflower syrup (IKEA sells it in the US)

5 tablespoons of fine white sugar

The finely grated zest and juice of 1/2  a lime


Preheat the oven to 375F (190C)

Combine everything except the blackberries and syrup topping ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until you have a thick batter.

Grease a 9 in x 13 in (23cm x 33cm) cake pan (approx size). Spread the batter evenly in the pan  – and equally spaced, arrange the blackberries on top.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the topping is puffy and golden and as soon as you take it out of the oven, spoon the syrup all over and allow the cake to cool completely in the pan before slicing into it.

About edibletcetera

I'm passionate about food; I cook, photograph, eat...then writes about it in that order. I'm also an occasional restaurant critic and caterer; a former newspaper columnist; author; social media/marketing communications; world traveler; dog lover; skier...and wit, (according to those who know me).
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2 Responses to Recipe – Blackberry, Lime & Polenta Cake

  1. Alexandra Yajko says:

    Beautiful!! I can almost taste it.

  2. Well Alex, you’ll have an opportunity to actually taste it as I made a batch for later today 😉

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