Mango Polenta Cake – When Italy meets the Caribbean

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Lidl had an Italian week last week, so I loaded up my trolley and came home with lots of goodies for us to enjoy over the coming weeks. One of the items I got was a big pack of polenta, which is nothing special in itself, but I thought that instead of using it in a savoury dish, I would use it to make something sweet this time and after raiding my cupboards, the idea of a polenta cake with mangos was born.

It’s moist, fruity and some say almost tropical, but you will just have to have a go at it yourself and let me know what you think. Here’s the recipe for my Italy meets the Caribbean style Mango Polenta Cake.

Mango Polenta Cake


350g sugar
250g butter, at room temperature
250g self-raising flour
75g ground almonds
4 large eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
120g polenta
100ml mango juice
zest of 1 lemon
pinch of salt
2 mangos, cut in chunks

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1. Preheat the oven to 160°C and line a deep cake tin with baking paper.

2. Cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy, then whisk in almonds, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, flour, polenta, juice, lemon zest and salt. Mix into a smooth batter.

3. Pour the batter into your cake tin and let your mango chunks sink into the batter.

4. Bake for around 60 minutes or until firm, but not dry.

5. Cool in the tin and serve with whipped cream or some vanilla ice-cream and decorate with some leftover mango slices or a compote.


I’m linking this up Mango Polenta Cake up with Recipe of the Week, Tasty Tuesday and All Things Pretty.


  1. Honest Mum says

    Oh wow, this is utterly stunning. You are such an accomplished baker and I adore the photography too. Please feel free to link this again this Tuesday so more linkers get chance to view. Thanks so much for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

    • Carolin says

      Thank you :) It really nice and moist and the mango is really refreshing. Aly also mentioned plums, so that might be an interesting one to try x

  2. says

    This looks divine! I bought some fine polenta for a particular recipe about a year ago and have been a big fan ever since – I love the flavour and texture it gives to pastry and cakes. And with mango? YUM! Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. I’ve pinned and tweeted this post and hope to see you linking up again soon! 😀 x
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  3. Patricia says

    In your ingredients list you have 250g of self rising flour but in your method you don’t include that. Am I missing something?

    • Carolin says

      No, that was me missing the flour 😉 I’ve added it to the recipe. You just add it with the polenta and all the other ingredients after you’ve creamed the butter and sugar. Thanks for letting me know. I hope you like the cake x


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