Lemon Polenta Cakes

We are moving home soon… I’m so excited! With that in mind I’ve been trying to use up food we have in the cupboards and I thought I would use some polenta to make little fairy cakes! I haven’t done any baking in a while but I really enjoy it when I have the time. We all deserve the occasional treat too! I got out my baking items and got started on these lemon polenta fairy cakes. The texture of them was divine with the moist lemon and crumbly polenta. You need to try these. I went all out on the lemon too and put it in the glaze AND icing. I hope you enjoy the recipe!






Cakes (makes 12 fairy cakes)

85g polenta

85g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

125g golden caster sugar

125g butter

2 eggs

Zest from lemon

60ml lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla essence


50ml lemon juice

50g golden caster sugar

Lemon Butter Icing

100g butter

200g icing sugar

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla essence








  • Preheat the oven to 1800C and line a muffin tray with 12 fairy cake cases.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in the eggs one at a time so that the mixture does not curdle. Also add the vanilla essence. Then fold in the remaining dry ingredients (flour, polenta and baking powder).
  • Finally add the lemon zest and juice to the cake mix. Transfer the mix to the cake cases.
  • Bake the fairy cakes for about 15-20 minutes or until they are springy to touch and golden brown. You can insert a cocktail stick to check. When the stick comes out clean, you know the cakes are cooked.
  • Leave the cakes to cool on a wired rack.


  • Make the glaze by heating the sugar and juice in a pan. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 5 mins. Poke the cakes with a cocktail stick. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cakes. Leave this to set for an hour and then spread over the vanilla frosting.

Lemon Icing

  • To make the icing, use an electric whisk to beat the butter until light and fluffy. Then stir in the icing sugar slowly to form a paste. I find this prevents the icing “smoke” and is far less messy!
  • Whisk the mix until creamy and combined. Next add in the vanilla and lemon juice and beat the icing until a desired consistency.


  • Spread the icing neatly with a baby palette knife (or normal cutlery knife) over the fairy cakes.
  • Scatter over some sprinkles.









  1. 15th August 2017 / 11:17 am

    These little cupcakes sound delicious! I’ve only attempted cupcakes once before but I think I used too many eggs and the flavour was just a little off… I’ll have to try this recipe soon as I really want to get more into baking! My mum (and Dave!) is always trying to encourage me haha. I like the little sprinkles as well – they look adorable! <3 xxx

    • 16th August 2017 / 9:02 am

      Aww so pleased you like the recipe. Baking is so therapeutic… and you get something yummy out of it hehe! I love making them pretty at the end too. I got the sprinkles from Waitrose – they have so many cute baking things in there! xxx

  2. 9th September 2017 / 6:46 pm

    Yummmm! I love all things lemony? you can never have enough in my opinion?
    These look super cute with all those sprinkles. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • 11th September 2017 / 4:15 pm

      Aww thank you so much! Lemon is so refreshing, I definitely agree! So glad you like the recipe. ?

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