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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sweet Corn Cake


As I mentioned earlier this week, we had my parents over for a Mexican night. My mom jokingly asked if I was making Sweet Corn Cake, that delicious, scoop-able side dish served with your meal at popular Mexican chain restaurants (Chevy's being my favorite). I had seen recipes for this in the past, and even made one from a packet before, so I decided we would have it for dessert.

I found this recipe and decided to make a few adjustments, namely cutting the amount of butter in half. I had never heard of masa harina, but a little Googling informed me that it's a Mexican corn flour, and surprisingly I found it in my grocery store next to the Mexican grocery items!

This corn cake was so yummy! It was the perfect ending to our wonderful Mexican feast!

Sweet Corn Cake

4 tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup masa harina (Mexican corn flour)
1/4 cup water
1 14-ounce can cream-style corn
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350F.

1. In a medium bowl beat butter until it is creamy. Add the Mexican corn flour and water and beat until well mixed.

2. Using a food processor, process the corn, but leave chunky. Stir into the butter mixture.

3. In a separate bowl, mix cornmeal, sugar, milk, salt, and baking powder. Add to corn flour mixture and stir to combine.

4. Pour batter into an ungreased 8 x 8-inch baking pan. Smooth batter and cover with aluminum foil. Place pan into a 9x13 inch baking dish that is filled 1/3 of the way with water.

5. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Use an ice cream scoop for easy removal from pan.

Source: Adapted from


  1. Looks good- I bet my bf would LOVE this! :)

  2. I've actually never had this before, but I know I'd like it based on the recipe! I'll have to look for that corn flour :)

  3. I love all things involving corn! I'll have to look for that flour and give this a try soon :-)

  4. Melissa Ginczycki-Chaffee2/13/11, 1:41 PM

    I made this the other night with my husband along with your tortilla soup. This corn cake is amazing! My husband and I could've eaten the entire pan ourselves! I did use the original receipe you included the link for. I'm going to try doubling the recipe for a potluck at work later this week!

  5. Melissa Ginczycki2/21/11, 2:17 PM

    When I first commented on this dish (02/13/11), I mentioned doubling the recipe for a potluck at work. We had a potluck this past Thursday (02/17/11) and the theme was Mexican foods. My boss decided to make the potluck a contest and I made this and I WON!! =) Everyone thought it was delicious, especially with a little butter on top.


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