Chocolate Polenta Cake

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Cooling Time: 15 min
Yields: 12 servings

Description

Corn meal adds moistness and flavor to this traditional Chocolate Polenta Cake!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (we recommend LAND O LAKES® Butter), softened
  • 6 oz. NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bar, broken into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Sweetened whipped cream (optional)
  • 2 oz. NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bar, shaved (optional)

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 300° F. Grease 9-inch springform pan.

COMBINE water and corn meal in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil about 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Cover; cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Remove from heat; let stand 2 minutes. Add butter, 6 ounces broken baking bars and vanilla extract; stir until melted. Cool completely.

COMBINE 1/4 cup sugar and egg yolks in small mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed for 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture is thick and lemon-colored. Stir in chocolate mixture.

BEAT egg whites in large mixer bowl at high speed until soft peaks form. Continue beating; gradually add 2 tablespoons sugar. Beat until glossy and stiff peaks form. (DO NOT OVER BEAT.) Gently stir in chocolate mixture. Pour mixture into prepared springform pan.

BAKE for 40 to 45 minutes or until cake is set in center. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Remove side of pan. Serve with whipped cream. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings, if desired.

Yummy

by M. MARGIE , SAN FRANCISCO, CA on Jun. 2009

Great chocolate flavor and not too sweet. Cornmeal gives it an interesting texture. After 40 minutes, center was still very wet, so I baked it for the full 45 minutes. Maybe taking it out earlier would have made it more like a mousse like some reviewers said.

OMG DELICIOUS

by G. GEORGA , Pilesgrove, NJ on May. 2009

I WAS SO SHOCKED HOW GOOD THIS CAKE WAS...SO GOOD I HAD TO MAKE A SECOND ONE., AND IF YOU DON'T LIKE TO EAT FLOUR THIS IS A WONDERFUL ALTERNATIVE... MY CO - WORKERS RAVED ABOUT THIS! AND MY HUSBAND LOVED IT...

gluten free

by D. Debra , REGINA, SK on Sep. 2008

We loved this it was like a mousse but held it's shape best if chilled over nite.

Souffle cake

by M. M , WA on Aug. 2007

I used stone ground cornmeal (coarse), probably why the cake had a strange texture. The cake was lighter was usual chocolate cake, but not smooth. Bits of cornmeal were left in your mouth... Not too sweet and no flour was used, that's good thing. With so many steps to prepare, and the result is an average cake... I don't know if I would make this cake again.

FABULOUS RECIPE

by K. Kimberly , Tampa, FL on Nov. 2006

I made this cake for my mother's birthday. She LOVED it - EVERYONE loved it! I also did a fresh Tahitian Rum whipped cream for topping/garnish and fresh raspberries. I am making it again for Christmas and am going to try adding some instant coffee to enhance the chocolate flavor! DELICIOUS!!!! Can't wait to make it again!

Great cake

by J. Julann , ABERDEEN, MS on Jun. 2006

I would have never thought of using corn meal to bake a cake but this was great! My family loves the texture and never told them it had corn meal in it.

a wonderful surprise

by A. AVIVA , LOS ANGELES, CA on Aug. 2005

We loved this cake that tasted more like a mousse. My husband usually hates anything with corn meal, but he couldn't get enough of it. I didn't have baking bars, so I used a cup of Nestles chocolate chips instead. I am going to make this cake for Passover substituting matza cake meal for the corn meal.

Suprised and Delighted!

by E. Eric , Decatur, GA on May. 2004

WOW, I was unbelievebly suprised when I served this fabulous chocolate delight. I have used polenta many different ways but this was my first time using it as a desert and I will use it over and over again. Thanks for the recipe.

Choclate Polenta Cake

by S. Sheila , Winnetka, CA on May. 2004

When I seen cornmeal I thought this couldn't be good. But WOW this was so very good, my family just loved this and I'll be making it again this weekend.

A nice smooth taste.

by J. Joan , Linden, NJ on May. 2004

I made this cake for my husband who doesn't like a regular cake because it tastes dry. He enjoyed the moist, smooth flavor of this cake.