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Lemon Cornmeal Cake


Extra-virgin olive oil, eggs, and milk make this Italian-inspired cornmeal cake extra-moist. And it's gluten-free, to boot.

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  • Servings: 8

Photography: Lennart Weibull

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2015


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups raw almonds, chopped
  • 1 cup natural cane sugar
  • 1 cup fine yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for pan
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine milk and lemon juice in a bowl; let stand until thickened, about 5 minutes. Pulse almonds, cane sugar, and zest in a food processor until finely ground. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; stir in cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk oil, eggs, and extract into milk mixture; stir into cornmeal mixture.

  2. Brush a 9-inch springform pan with oil. Pour batter into pan. Bake, rotating once, until golden and a tester inserted in center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar just before serving.

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  • joannass11
    24 JUL, 2015
    The Lemon Cornmeal Cake was fantastic and everyone wanted the recipe. It was very easy to prepare but had more of an almond flavor than lemon. This is one of the best recipes I have made in a long time and gluten free. Thank you so much.
  • Thethymesavor
    12 MAY, 2015
    While this did make a sweet presentation topped with a dusting of 10X & edible pansies for Mothers Day, it is just a decent summer gluten free dessert. Nothing remarkable or fantastic about it. It is heavier than I'd hoped for and a bit too gritty. I added lemon extract and juice of a very large lemon with all the zest. Still didn't leave me with a light lemony feeling. I'll keep looking~there are lots of these versions out there.