Blueberry Polenta Upside-Down Cake

Polenta Cake

Blueberry Polenta Upside-Down Cake is a delightful dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth. This delicious cake is made with a layer of juicy blueberries and a soft, buttery polenta cake that is baked to perfection. The cake is then flipped over to reveal the beautiful blueberry topping, which makes it a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. This dessert is perfect for any occasion and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. So, whether you are hosting a party or just want to treat yourself, this Blueberry Polenta Upside-Down Cake is a must-try recipe that you won’t regret making!

This was created by Elisabeth Michaels @zazachef_cook.eat.repeat


Butter for greasing pan
1 ¼ cup sugar, divided
3 cups blueberries
2 large eggs
⅔ cup orange juice
½ cup olive oil (not extra virgin)
1 tube Ancient Harvest Traditional Polenta
1 cup Pamela’s all-purpose flour
2 tsp xantum gum
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line the base and sides of a 9” x 13” Pyrex pan with baking parchment and grease parchment. Sprinkle ¼ cup sugar over the base of the pan and cover evenly with blueberries.

Cut the polenta into small chunks and add ½ cup of water to a pan and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Then with a fork break the chunks and mix them until it’s creamy.

In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, and 1 cup sugar. Whisk until pale and thick. Add orange juice and oil and whisk until blended. Add the creamy polenta 1 cup at a time and mix well before adding another one. Then add the flour, baking powder, xantum gum, and salt. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for about 45 to 55 minutes, until golden brown and springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool the cake on a rack for about 5 minutes. Carefully invert the cake onto a serving plate, and slowly peel off the parchment paper. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Note: this recipe was inspired by the Blueberry Polenta Upside-Down Cake by Nigella Lawson

Servings: 9