Damson Polenta Cake

This recipe is the large version of the Sloe Polenta Cakes with Sloe Gin Drizzle.  Instead of whole fruit though, I’ve used a compote in this recipe to get a better flavour from the damsons.  The measures below make a little more compote than you need but all the better for eating on toast or pancakes the next day at breakfast!  If you want a more decadent version, try making some sugar syrup drizzle in the same way as the sloe recipe but replace the Sloe Gin with Damson Vodka.

You’ll need

For the cake

  • 200g soft unsalted butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 100g polenta
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 3 large eggs

For the compote

  • 500g fresh damsons – destoned
  • 2 or 3 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1 large cinnamon stick or 1tsp ground cinnamon


  • A KitchenAid with a paddle attachment or a handheld mixer
  • 1 greased and lined 23cm cake tin

To make THEM

  1. First make the compote by putting all the ingredients in a saucepan and leaving to simmer for about 40 minutes. It should become thick and gloopy.
  2. Cover and leave to cool.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  4. Mix the ground almonds, polenta and baking powder together and set aside.
  5. Beat the butter and the sugar until it’s soft and fluffy.  I use a Kitchenaid with a paddle attachment.
  6. Add a third of the dry ingredients to the creamy mixture with an egg and blitz til combined.
  7. Repeat this process with the remaining eggs and dry mix.
  8. Fold in 4 heaped tablespoons of the compote.
  9. Spoon into the cake tin and bake for 30-40 minutes (until golden brown on top and slightly coming away from the edges.
  10. Eat warm with a dollop of creme fraiche (and/or Damson Vodka drizzle)
P.S I entered this cake into Ren Behan’s Wonder Simple and In Season competition and I won!  Some fabulous other entries though so take a look

9 responses to “Damson Polenta Cake

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  2. Tracey Todhunter

    That is a gorgeous photo and think I must have a go – lucky we make damson vodka!


  3. I am so glad you found me so I could discover your site! This would be a perfect recipe for the leftover roasted damson plums from my jam making.


  4. A delicious recipe…especially love the vodka drizzle! My kind of cake. Thanks so much for linking up with Simple and in Season.


  5. Can you freeze this cake. I have damson gin on the go at present.


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