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{Bolo de Ananás} Almond Polenta Cake Recipe

One of my favorite discoveries from my trip to the Azores was this pineapple cake I found on the menu at A Tasca in Ponta Delgada. Nothing like those 60s era upside-down cakes, this pineapple cake was filled with fresh pineapples, perfectly textured, and totally messy — all in all a perfect end to our evening.

When I got home, I set out to recreate A Tasca’s cake and baked and baked until I found the key to the texture: a mix of polenta and almond meal. Not too sweet, with a gorgeous texture and subtle flavor, this {Bolo de Ananás} Azores Almond Polenta Pineapple Cake recipe is as fitting as an end to a meal as it is a breakfast treat.

Now, go stock up on all your cooking essentials, then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

{Bolo de Ananás} Almond Polenta Cake Recipe

{Bolo de Ananás} Azores Almond Polenta Pineapple Cake Recipe

Nothing like those 60s era upside-down cakes, this pineapple cake is filled with fresh pineapples, perfectly textured, and totally messy in a fabulous way.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10 servings
Calories 350 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups packed almond meal preferably fine ground, though any type will work
  • 1/2 cup stoneground polenta (not instant)
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup unrefined cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola oil or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 4 cups small dice pineapple (from 1 medium pineapple or use 2 (15 ounce) cans diced pineapple, well drained)
  • Powdered sugar for garnish


  • Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat a (9- or 10-inch) springform pan with oil or butter then line the bottom with a round of parchment paper. Whisk together the almond meal, polenta, flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand-mixer fitted with the paddle (or using a handheld mixer), combine the sugars and eggs and beat on medium-low until just combined, about 30 seconds. Raise the speed to medium and beat until light colored and thoroughly combined and slightly thickened, about another 1 minute. Add the oil and vanilla and mix for an additional 1 minute until well combined and mixture resembles wet sand. 
  • With the paddle still running, gradually add the dry mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time. Stop as soon as you no longer see any dry flour (the mixture should be thick like cornbread batter). Remove the bowl from the stand-mixer and fold in 3 cups of pineapple. Scatter remaining 1 cup of pineapple on the bottom of the pan then spread the batter on top.
  • Bake until the cake is lightly browned and a cake tester or toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs on it, about 50 to 65 minutes (the 9-inch cake pan will take longer to bake). Run a knife along the edge of the cake then let it cool completely, at least 1 1/2 hours. Release the spring and invert the cake onto a serving platter or cake stand. Serve topped with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.



Serving: 1servingCalories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 4gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 151mgPotassium: 150mgFiber: 2gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 153IUVitamin C: 45mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
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