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Mexican Sweet Corn Cake

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I’ve been making this corn cake for years, and we love it, so I wanted to share the recipe with you.

For those of you who have never tried Mexican Sweet Corn Cake, it’s not really a cake. 

It’s more of a side dish. 

But sweet. 

But not like a dessert.

OK, just try it, or I’m going to hurt myself trying to explain.

You make it in a pan:

Then you scoop and serve:

And then you watch it disappear.

We also made chicken enchiladas, cheese quesadillas, and Mexican rice–  all low fat, and yummy. 

Oh, and Mexican dinner wasn’t complete without a Strawberry Margarita.  Yum.

Mexican Sweet Corn Cake

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup masa harina (Mexican corn flour) [I use corn meal instead.]
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups  whole-kernel corn
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

In a medium bowl beat butter until it is creamy.

Add the Mexican corn flour and water and beat until well mixed.

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

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

Pour batter into an ungreased 8×8 inch baking pan. Smooth batter and cover tightly with aluminum foil.

Place pan into a 9×13 inch baking dish that is filled a third of the way with water.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.


18 responses »

  1. Mmm… scoop and serve cornbread! Even better than sliced bread! 😀

  2. This looks really tasty!!! I love making Mexican food, so I will have to keep this in mind as a side dish next time I make enchiladas. 🙂

  3. I have been looking for this recipe for ages!!! Thanks for the post!

  4. Yum! I’ve had versions of this, and always wanted to make it. Thanks for a recipe!

  5. With enchiladas or instead of?? Good both ways!!

  6. Looks and sounds great! In fact, the whole meal sounds great right down to the Margarita! I am not a huge Mexican food fan, but i will try this!

  7. I love this at Chevy’s. I always order a side dish of it along with tortilla soup.

  8. This look yummy! I’ll have to give it a try – I love that it’s gluten free. 😄

  9. This is right up my alley! I’m so glad you find my blog! I can’t wait to see more from you.


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