Completely Board Post #11: Peach Polenta Upside Down Cake

Veg-am's Completely Board - Vegan Month of Food 2014


In the post about the jello pretzel salad, I mentioned that I wanted a cake for my veggieversary but hadn’t had the time to make it yet.  That has been remedied.  It may have been a week late, but it did not disappoint.

Peach Polenta Upside-Down Cake Slice

I made the Peach Polenta Upside Down Cake from Braisen Woman (a vegan site).  I followed the recipe as written, only making a substitution for the all-purpose flour.   In place of the all purpose flour, I used 3/8 cup sorghum flour, 1/8 cup tapioca starch, 1/4 cup arrowroot and 1/4 tsp xanthan gum.  If you don’t have an 1/8 cup, 1/8 cup=2 Tbsp.  My original intention was to try it without the xanthan, but the batter was too thin.  That 1/4 tsp really did make a huge difference.

That being said, this batter still seemed a little thin for a cake, but go with it.  The polenta swells up in cooking and it just works. The cake is moist and a little bit gritty.  Normally, I would consider gritty a bad thing in a cake, but when it’s coming from polenta, it is so far away from bad.  The cake is also sweet without being too sweet.  It would be a perfect addition to Saturday or Sunday brunch.

I don’t really know how else to say how good it is, so I’ll let this photo do the talking. I took a slice to my friend at work the other day.  She had not eaten it yet when I left.  When I returned to my desk the following morning, I found my plate just like this:

More Please!

That says it all.  I’ll definitely be making this one again.  I’m already thinking of variations :)


For the original recipe, click on the image of my pin below

Pin of Peach Polenta Upside Down Cake

  3 comments for “Completely Board Post #11: Peach Polenta Upside Down Cake

  1. September 20, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    heh. I like your friend’s note.

    • drsimpson
      September 21, 2014 at 6:47 am

      I laughed out loud when I saw it. She’s a little crazy. I like that in a person.

  2. September 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Happy Veganversary! I like how you celebrate with cake. This is a tradition I need to start as well. Maybe I should make this cake for my veganversary in November!!!

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