Lemon and polenta cake with lemon vodka cream


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 450g/1lb butter
  • 450g/1lb caster sugar
  • 6 free-range eggs
  • 150g/5¼oz ground almonds
  • 500g/1lb 1½oz quick cook polenta
  • 2 lemons, zest and juice only
For the Lemon vodka cream
  • 150g/5¼oz mascarpone
  • 200ml/7¼fl oz double cream
  • 45ml/1½fl oz lemon vodka
  • 30g/1¼oz icing sugar
  • ½ lemon, juice only
To serve
  • sprig of mint
  • lemon zest

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  2. Line a 30cm/9in deep cake tin with baking parchment.

  3. Heat a frying pan until hot then add the oil and lemon slices.

  4. Fry for 1-2 minutes until just caramelised.

  5. Remove and place caramelised side down in a pattern on the baking parchment in the tin.

  6. Place the butter and sugar into a large bowl and whisk together until light and fluffy.

  7. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well.

  8. Fold in the ground almonds, polenta, lemon juice and zest and stir to combine.

James Martin recipes from Saturday Kitchen

Less than 30 mins preparation time

30 mins to 1 hour cooking time

Serves 8-10