Thursday 10 April 2014

Orange Cornmeal Cake

Adding cornmeal to bakes gives cakes and muffins a special gritty which I really enjoy. As I haven't baked with cornmeal for a long time, I bought another bag so that I can make this Orange Cornmeal Cake. 

I love this recipe because its so easy to make (no need mixer) - I used a whisk to mix everything together. This cake is also healthier as it uses olive oil instead of butter. All these factors make this cake the ideal type of cake for lazy bakers like me who hate washing up!

The refreshing taste of the orange goes well with the slightly salty aftertaste of the cornmeal. The texture is crumbly and gritty all at once. It goes great with a cup of afternoon tea and my kids enjoyed it for breakfast!

Orange Cornmeal Cake (8 inch)
Recipe by Martha Stewart

  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for pan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar, plus 1/3 cup for topping (reduced to 3/4 cup, omitted topping sugar)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, (or orange juice) 
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • Orange segments, for serving (optional)
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Brush bottom and sides of an 8-inch round cake pan with oil; line bottom with a round of wax or parchment paper, and brush paper with oil.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, 1 cup sugar, and wine until smooth. Add flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and orange zest; whisk gently to combine.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle top evenly with remaining 1/3 cup sugar (topping will be thick). Bake until cake begins to pull away from sides of pan and a tester inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Cool in pan 20 minutes. Run a knife around edge of cake; invert cake gently onto a plate, and remove parchment paper. Reinvert cake onto a rack to cool completely. Serve with orange segments, if desired.
This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen of My Little Favourite DIY and hosted by Ann of Anncoo Journal.

This is for Cook Like A Star hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours, Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Mich of Piece of Cake.


  1. I love orange's cake this look delicious!

  2. Hi Mich! Your cake looks good! I haven't baked with cornmeal yet. Looks like this cake is a good place to start :)

  3. this must have a lovely texture with cornmeal.... yummy!

  4. I have just got a bottle of cornmeal too! This is a perfect recipe to try, simple and looks so delicious! :D

  5. Hi Mich,
    I love orange cake; wish I can bake this recipe too but it just that I cant find cornmeal here. I like crumbly cake so I know I will definitely like this too.

  6. Beautiful cake and I love the texture that cornmeal flour gives to it. I love the addition of orange. Another fab creation Mich!

  7. beating...only hand mix...must give it a try! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  8. Hi Mich, I've never tried to use cornmeal before. Wonder what the taste like. Your delicious cornmeal cake makes me what to try it myself. Thanks for sharing at LTU ~ Orange theme.

  9. This cake sound great with added corn meal and orange.

  10. Oh Mich, like the golden colour of your cake! Looks like the chemistry between the cornmeal and orange is great! Your cake looks tasty!

  11. Hi Mich, I haven't used cornmeal before ... can I pour the batter into muffin pan and bake like muffins instead?

  12. Cake looks so yumm...never tried making cake with cornmeal before..sounds good...

  13. I personally love orange flavored cake, your cake looks so great!

  14. Hi Mich,
    This is such a lovely cake! It looks soft with tender crumbs! I would go for tea with this cake!

  15. Buenísimo cake adoro su textura perfecta y deliciosa,abrazos

  16. Last week I also made a cake with only whisk (no need my electric mixer) and it was so quick and yes, not so much washing up to do later! ;) Makes us wanna bake more, right?

  17. I made an up-side cake with some cornmeal before and it was good ! Okay , the cornmeal added is not that much but I remembered that it adds a nice texture to the cake . Yeah , we lazy bakers need more recipe just like this , less washing up to do after :D

  18. I like the use of cornmeal in this citrus cake, Mich. It has a beautifully light and smooth crumb.

  19. Hi Mich, this cake look very delightful. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe.
    Have a nice weekend, regards.

  20. Hi Mich, this is such a lovely looking cake.
    Perfect for afternoon tea! I'll go for it :D

  21. oooo la la, Mich! What an interesting approach to baking a cake. I'm such a lazy baker sometimes:) Your cake looks so delicious. I bet it is crumbling with orange yumminess. The only time I use corn meal in baking is for corn bread. That must change, soon!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Mich...

  22. Mich, I also like easy cake, this looks nice especially the color!

  23. This looks glorious Mich. Very orangey!

  24. This cake looks good. I 've got to try using cornmeal too!

  25. Your cornmeal cake looks nice and moist. I love the flavor of orange in baked goods.

  26. Hi Mich,

    Like you, I love one-bowl recipes... less washing is good. Besides less washing, I'm a big fan of cornmeal cakes because of its fragrant gritty taste. Seems that we have a lot in common :p

    Nice cake!


  27. Interesting that you added cornmeal, but I like the additional texture in the cake. Now when I think of it, some of the cake or muffins have that special texture. I wonder if cornmeal was in it. I had no idea! :) This citrus cake looks wonderful!

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