Chocolate Polenta Cake with Choc Chips


You just can’t have a recipe book without chocolate recipes. As it happens, chocolate can be good for you, in moderation of course.

Ingredients (Serves 8)

  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup fine polenta, sifted
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa, sifted
  • 1/2 cup dark ‘choc bits’
  • grated rind of 1 lemon
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Grease a 23cm springform cake tin (non-stick is best).
  3. Whip the egg whites with a pinch of salt until just stiff.
  4. Add honey and lemon rind to yolks and mix until honey blends.
  5. Mix the egg whites and yolks together gently with a spoon.
  6. Mix polenta and cocoa in a bowl, add to the eggs, mixing in a folding motion.
  7. Add ‘choc bits’ to the cake batter, mix in a folding motion.
  8. Pour the batter into the cake tin. Bake for 40 minutes, don’t open the oven door during this time.
  9. After 40 minutes, check to see that the cake has cooked through evenly by inserting a skewer into the middle of the cake.
  10. Leave aside to cool in the tin.
  11. Sift some icing sugar on top of the cake when ready to serve.