Blood Orange Polenta Cake

Blood Orange Polenta Cake

I think it’s finally time to fill you in on that project I’ve been working on for the past 6 months. The one that’s kept me out of the kitchen and away from the blog. I’m extremely happy to announce that Tom and I are going to have our first child in 14 short weeks! That means I’m about 6 months pregnant. Which incidentally also means I have been really lazy and haven’t been very inventive in the kitchen.

24.5 weeks

Before I was pregnant, resuscitation I kept wondering what my crazy cravings would be. Would I want ice cream and pickles? Or peanut butter and anchovies? I definitely thought I’d be into some weird foods since I’ve always been an adventurous eater. Turns out all I really want is simple food. Grilled cheese, capsule homemade burgers, lots of fuit, cereal with blueberries and ice cream. How boring. And that’s why there’s been nothing to really blog about!

But I had bookmarked this recipe for Blood Orange Polenta Cake in Bon Appetit a year ago and finally got around to making it. The reviews on the Bon Appetit site were not very promising. Some people said the cake was too sweet, while others said it was too bitter. I absolutely love cornmeal cake, cornbread and blood oranges, so I thought I’d give it a try anyway.

Blood Orange Polenta Cake

Personally, I love it. It’s not exactly dessert-y. More of a breakfast cake you’d have with coffee. It reminded me very much of cornmeal cake with orange marmelade. If you’re not into orange marmelade, then this might not be the cake for you. But if you’re looking for a special little breakfast treat, give this a go. Me and my belly approve.


  1. Congratulations! I found it so hard to find something I actually wanted to eat, so I completely understand. The cake looks fabulous!

  2. Congratulations! Been wondering what you were up to…book and baby seem to be the most common “projects” people are cooking up these days :)

    Love the look of this cake – I’m a big fan of the less-sweet breakfast cake and blood oranges basically make my world go round.

  3. Congratulations! That’s wonderful news.

  4. WOOHOO! Mega congratulations girl! Really, you don’t even look 6 months pregnant. And that is an adorable dress. Now that so many of my favorite bloggers are pregnant it’s gotten me thinking about what I’m going to be craving as well. I could totally eat grilled cheese for 9 months. That’d be okay.

    I’ve had my eye on this cake for a while so I’m glad you gave it two thumbs up!

  5. Yay for you!!! Babies Rock! ;)
    with 3 of my 4 children (yup, 4) all I could even think about eating for the first 5 months was cereal, bread/crackers and Ramen noodles (ewww, I know). The sight of a salad made me physically ill, and I literally live off veggies! The last 3 months I craved red meat of all things! Crazy babies! ;)

    btw, I made your brown rice granola bars and they totally rocked the joint in a big way! I posted about them and linked back to you on Simply Healthy Family if youd like to check it out!

  6. Congratulations! Wonderful news.

  7. Yay! How exciting. And lovely dress! Hope you feel well till the final months.

  8. Happy to see a post from you and with such good news! Love that photo.
    I have had that cake bookmarked also forever, must try it.
    Hope you continue to post your delicious recipes once the bambino arrives!
    I make your pork roast w/ the red onions, lime and cilantro often!

  9. Congratulations, darling Momma-to-be! Love the photo, love your blog! xox from Berlin, Germany

  10. Congratulations and best wishes!

    I’ve gotta say though, this cake does not look appealing to me, but what do I know?
    My sophisticated palate craved white powdered doughnuts (from a vending machine!) when I was pregnant, haha!

    take care :o)

  11. Congrats! How exciting. That polenta cake looks amazing.

  12. Congratulations! The cake looks amazing.

  13. congratulations!! your house and your outfit look super cute in that photo :)

  14. Congrats, Mel! I’m glad to see the reason you haven’t been posting as much is for a very happy, exciting (and totally legit!) reason! Good luck to the three of you!

  15. Oh my, I LOVE polenta cake. This looks like a must-try. And a hearty congratulations, of course!

  16. Congratulations! I love checking out all your recipes and popped in to figure out what to make for dinner tonight. What a wonderful surprise.

    (BTW, I’m about a month behind you and I love your dress. Will you share if it’s maternity and where you got it?)

  17. Thanks everyone! New recipe tomorrow – promise :)

    Jennifer – Congratulations! Yes, the dress is maternity and it’s from motherhood (belt doesn’t come with it). I just looked for it online to send you a link, but I don’t see it. Weird because I just saw it at the store a few weeks ago!

  18. How wonderful! Does that mean a year from now we can look forward to fun baby food recipes? I definitely would love to hear how you introduce your baby to good food.

  19. Congrats on baby! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Blood Oranges and this looks fabulous!

  20. Congratulations to you and Tom!!!!!

  21. Congrats!
    I hadn’t stopped by here lately because I too have been out of the kitchen but not for the same

    I LOVE your outfit, and recipe looks fab as always. Good luck with the little one!

  22. Congratulations to you and Tom! That’s great news!!! You have a beautiful baby bump! What a lucky baby! A mama who cooks good food!!

  23. I’m very excited for you and also happy to see that you will continue to post your great food recipes. Now, I will be in love with the new baby and your recipes. Good luck to you and Tom. xxoo

  24. I am LOVING that outfit!

  25. Mel, you look so cute :) Congratulations to you & Tom!

  26. Wow, this is belated!! I’ve been so busy that browsing the food blogosphere hasn’t been happening much.
    But, I wanted to say congrats to you on your pregnancy! :)

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