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Lemon polenta cake with lemon icing

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Makes 1
Dietary Vegetarian
From Ready Steady Cook


  1. Grease a small microwave-safe bowl with butter.

  2. Place the butter, polenta, flour, sugar, eggs and lemon zest into a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour the cake mixture into the greased bowl and cover with cling film.

  3. Place into the microwave and cook on the highest power for 5-8 minutes, until cooked through. You can test this by piercing the cake with a skewer and removing it - if the skewer comes away clean then the cake is ready.

  4. For the lemon icing, sift the icing sugar into a bowl, add the lemon juice and mix well.

  5. To serve, tip the pudding and bowl upside-down onto a plate and remove the bowl. Drizzle over the lemon icing and honey and garnish with fresh mint.


  • 110g/4oz butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 55g/2oz polenta
  • 55g/2oz self-raising flour
  • 110g/4oz caster sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 1 lemon, zest only

For the lemon icing

  • 100g/3½oz icing sugar
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • 1 tsp clear honey, to serve
  • sprig fresh mint, to garnish

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