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Gluten Free Almond Polenta Mini Cakes with a delicious Rhubarb glaze

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These gluten free almond polenta mini cakes are the perfect easy treat for sunny spring Sundays. They are easy made and very delicious. The best thing – they are gluten-free.

I’m always game for trying new things. Especially when it comes to baking and cooking. Normally you would say that’s good since I’m a food blogger. Can’t be one without making things my way 😉

Story to my Gluten Free Almond Polenta Mini Cakes recipe

Most times my hubby is very happy with me and my cooking and baking skills but there is one recipe I’m not allowed to experiment with. It’s my mother in laws gluten free almond polenta cake recipe. Every time I make this cake for him he observes me like a hawk. Yeah, it’s not allowed to mess with his mothers holy recipe.

Therefore it is a good thing that I mess with her recipe quite a lot . My man is not always around and so there are more versions of this cake as one would ever know. Everything is more interesting when it’s not allowed 😉 .

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These are delicious and moist polenta almond mini cakes with a unique rhubarb glaze. It’s perfect for sunny spring afternoons and the best part they are gluten free.

The glaze!

First I would normally start with the gluten free almond polenta cakes but for this recipe I will start with the glaze or pin pointing it, the rhubarb syrup. I love rhubarb! I have already used these stalks for about 10 dishes and the season haven’t fully started yet.

For the rhubarb drizzle syrup I put the pink stalks, white sugar and the water into a small pot and let everything simmer and reduce for about 10 minutes. It may be that you have to add some more water. I don’t want everything to get burned. It’s also very important that you use white sugar. Normally I use for all my recipes coconut sugar but for the sake of beauty use white sugar, please. Otherwise your syrup will be more brown than pink.

After cooking everything thoroughly, filter everything through a mesh. We need the syrup mostly for the drizzle but please reserve 2 tablespoons for the glaze.

I use only cooled syrup for the glaze otherwise this will be a very runny business. The glaze itself is easy cheesy. Start out with one tablespoon of syrup and gradually add SIFTED icing sugar until and another spoon of syrup as needed. The glaze should be thick like a medium runny cake batter 😉

The cake!

Mini cakes on black cooling rack
Mini Cakes fresh out of the oven

The Mini Cakes are very easy made and only need about 10 minutes of preparing.

You need to cream the sugar and the butter about 10 minutes until its a very light and fluffy pale cream. the sugar should be dissolved at this stage. Gradually add the eggs one add the time and give them a good mix. PLEASE make sure that all ingredients have room temperature .

After Adding the eggs add all the other ingredients and mix until incorporated. Don’t over beat the batter. Fill the batter 2/3 full into the buttered and floured muffin tins and bake for about 30 minutes or a toothpick comes out clean. I love to back with lower temperature! It gives your cakes the time to rise evenly. The turmeric will intensify the color of your cakes which looks very awesome with the light pink glaze.

When the cakes are ready let them cool for about 10 minutes and transfer them to a cooling rack and drizzle them with the syrup. After the cooling glaze these lovely things and sprinkle some dried strawberry crumbs on top.

Mini cakes cook book pages, whit plates, glaze on dark underground
These delicious and moist almond and polenta cakes with a rhubarb glaze are perfect for sunny Sunday afternoons. They are gluten free, moist and easy to make

I hope you enjoyed this post and I would be immensely happy if you gave these cakes a try.

Love Nina

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Rhubarb Glazed Polenta Almond Mini Cakes - Gluten Free

These are the perfect Sunday afternoon sweet treats for you and your family. They are easy to make and the rhubarb glaze fits perfectly to the yellow compact mini cakes.
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Course: cake, Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cake, easy to make, gluten free, mini cakes, sunday treat
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 561kcal
Author: Nina


Cake batter

  • 150 g butter room temperature
  • 150 g coconut sugar
  • 4 large eggs beaten
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 Lemon finely grated zest and juice
  • 200 g ground almonds
  • 200 g instant polenta or corn flour
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp tumeric ground

Rhubarb syrup

  • 100 g rhubarb pink , cut into pieces
  • 50 g white sugar
  • 50 ml water
  • 1 cup icing sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 160 C° or 320F°
    Prepare a muffin tin with butter and flour the forms
    in a medium bowl cream on medium high speed the butter and the coconut sugar until its a light pale cream, about 5-8 minute 
    add one egg after the other and mix for another 7 minutes
    Add zest and juice of one lemon, salt and the almond extract mix until corporate
    Add the ground almonds, polenta and baking powder  and mix until corporate. 
    Fill the dough into the prepared muffin forms. Fill the forms about 2/3.
    Put the the tin into the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean.
    When the mini cakes are ready let them cool for about 10 minutes and afterwards transfer them onto a cooling rack.
    Drizzle the top of your mini cakes with some rhubarb syrup when they are still hot. Top is the smaller side
    level the bottom of your mini cakes with a cake knife if necessary. 
    mini cakes on a black cooling rack

Rhubarb glaze

  • Put all ingredients without the powdered sugar into a pan and let everything cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the rhubarb is thoroughly cooked
    Everything should be pink
    Strain everything through 
    Save to tablespoons for the glaze
    Drizzle the top of the hot cakes with the syrup
    Mix one tablespoon of rhubarb syrup and half a cup of sifted powdered sugar together. Mix well. Gradually add Powdered sugar until the glaze is as thick as a cake batter.
    Pour the glaze over your cooled mini cakes


Calories: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 213mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 690IU | Vitamin C: 8.2mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 1.9mg

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