cakelike cornbread

by emily on January 13, 2011

in breads,recipes


Updated from the archives
As pretty much anyone who reads this blog absolutely must know, I love love love my husband Michael. And also I adore him and think he’s really great. And did I mention I love him? Oh, because I love him.

Some days, I think that directly right after Michael comes cornbread. And that it’s the very most especially best thing ever. You know, other than Michael (and pregnancy).

When I was growing up, my mom made a fantastic cornbread that had corn kernels in it and I also have great love for Dorie Greenspan’s corn muffin with corn kernels, so I was a little skeptical about trying cornbread recipes without actual corn in them when I developed this recipe about two years ago.

And I have never been more mistaken.

This. Is. My. Favorite. Ever.


I’ve made it over and over again whenever I want cornbread. I’ve tried other recipes since, but this one is simply my favorite. There are generally two schools of cornbread: sweet and savory. This tends to the sweet side and it’s light and fluffy, hence the “cakelike” part of the name. Still, it’s a great accompaniment to chili, gumbo, or a big main dish salad. It’s delicious on it’s own, but when you add butter or honey…fuhget about it.


5.0 from 1 reviews

Cakelike Cornbread
  • ½c cornmeal
  • 1½c flour
  • ¾c sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ½tsp salt
  • 1½c milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted
  1. Whisk together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and butter. Fold wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined (lumps are okay).
  2. Pour into an 8 x 8″ baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees 30-35 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda January 13, 2011 at 11:54 am

Wow sounds delicious! Next time I make cornbread I’ll be sure to use this recipe!
And beautiful pictures by the way, love the plates and the yellow design.


Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking January 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Mmm, this cornbread looks wonderful Emily! I too love it with some honey and butter… it melts in your mouth! I have my own no-fail recipe made with buttermilk, but next time I make it I will definitely give your recipe a try! Thanks for sharing.


Becky B January 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm

This looks great! I’ve had some great cornbread in my life and not so great and I can’t wait to have this with chili sometime soon. :)


Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean January 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm

looks delicous! and you have the CUTEST dishes!


Tina (My Life as a Mrs) January 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm

YUM! I will most definitely have to try this out – I usually only make the kind with the actual kernels in it too hah I love me a sweet cornbread!!


Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes January 15, 2011 at 9:18 am

I will admit, I’m quite partial to the “cakelike” variety of cornbread too! No shame :)
cathy b. @ brightbakes


Brenda Hoover January 24, 2011 at 8:25 am

Yum!! This is fantastic! I’ve tried several cornbread recipes and this is by far the best! Made it this morning and hopefully I can stay out of it so there will be enough left for supper! :)


Kathryn January 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm

We got a pretty good snow here in DC today, so of coarse I had to bake something.. made this earlier today and man, oh, man is it good! Also made your recipe for chocolate brownies and can’t wait to break into them after dinner- hope they’re as delicious as this cornbread!


Kristin January 26, 2011 at 6:37 pm

oh my, this cornbread is delicious! We had it tonight with our favorite boilermaker chili. Fabulous!


Kristen January 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm

My husband and I tried you cornbread recipe last weekend and absolutely loved it. I would always buy our cornbread at a local grocery store and after making this cornbread I will never have to buy cornbread pre-made again. I recently started a blog about family recipes along with hair bows that I am making. You should check it out at Chicky’s Bowtique.


Chef Alysia September 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I made this recipe and it is a sure winner winner chicken dinner! GREAT recipe! My mom wanted it! I’ve made it twice in two days….I will add diced Jalepenos and cheese to my next batch. I did add a T of honey to the batter and swirled honey on top before baking!


Hilary November 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm

This is my go-to recipe for cornbread! My husband just loves it! I haven’t made another cornbread recipe in years! Thank you so much for blessing out home with this fabulous recipe!


emily November 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

Hilary – THank you! That comment just made my day!


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