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Sweet Corn Cake

Not quite cornbread and not quite corn pudding, Sweet Corn Cake is an easy six-ingredient side that is perfect with any Mexican meal.

Not quite cornbread and not quite corn pudding, Sweet Corn Cake is an easy six-ingredient side that is perfect with any Mexican meal!

So yesterday I shared a recipe for Chicken Enchiladas with Roasted Jalapenos and I believe I promised you a recipe to go along with it. That recipe is Sweet Corn Cake and…ta da! Here it is for your viewing eating pleasure.

I’ve been making this Sweet Corn Cake recipe for so long that I know it like the back of my hand – I’ve even gone so far as to stuff jalapeno poppers with it. Not too impressive, really, considering it only has six ingredients total. Just mix and bake, couldn’t be more simple. Many moons ago, when I was still living in my home state of Wisconsin, I used to frequent Chi Chi’s, a Mexican restaurant chain (this was long before I discovered “real” Mexican food during my SoCal days). This recipe is a knockoff from what Chi Chi’s served (you may have enjoyed it at a similar type restaurant) and I have never grown tired of it. It’s sweet and very moist, almost like a dessert and a wonderful contrast to a spicy dish.

An easy recipe for killer Chicken Enchiladas. Makes a great use out of leftover Thanksgiving turkey, too!

I’ve made other versions with masa harina instead of Jiffy Corn Muffin mix. That’s the recipe I use if I happen to have masa harina on hand, but it’s one of “those” ingredients that I’ll purchase for a recipe then have to find ways to use it up. The Jiffy mix is just easier for me to keep on hand and the flavor is so similar that I usually just stick with this one. I just want Sweet Corn Cake – however it gets made is irrelevant to me :) But certainly if you’d prefer to go the masa harina route, feel free to shoot me an email and I’ll share that recipe with you, too. This one is just so simple and good – I think you’ll be very pleased with the result!

Not cornbread and not quite corn pudding, Sweet Corn Cake is an easy six-ingredient side that is perfect with any Mexican meal!

Sweet Corn Cake

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This incredibly simple yet so tasty Sweet Corn Cake is the perfect side for a Mexican meal or anytime!


  • 1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 1 can corn, drained well
  • 1/3-1/2 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt, a pinch is three fingers


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Grease a 1 1/2 - 2 quart baking dish, pour in corn cake mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until mixture is still just a tiny big jiggly in the center. Remove from oven, allow to cool 5-10 minutes and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 446mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 2gSugar: 34gProtein: 4g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.


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Sunday 11th of September 2022

Delicious recipe, but the stated recipe baking time is INCORRECT! (At the suggested baking time of 30 min. the inside was soup)! CORRECTION: Using an 8"x 8" pan at 350⁰, bake time needed was 45-50 minutes. Also, 1/3 cup of sugar was plenty. Use an ice cream scoop to dish out.

Amanda Grace

Saturday 3rd of July 2021

Hello, this recipe calls for “a box” of jiffy corn muffin mix, but I’m actually being presented with different size options for those. Could you specify which one you used? Was it the 8.5 oz size or larger? I honestly have no idea which one is the most normal size since this isn’t something I normally buy. Thank you!

Kristy Bernardo

Sunday 4th of July 2021

Hi Amanda! Yes, it's the 8.5 oz size. I apologize; I've never seen another size in all my years of making this and didn't realize there was anything but that one size. I hope you enjoy it!


Sunday 12th of April 2020

I’ve made this recipe so many times and finally decided to comment!

The only thing I add is melted honey butter basted on top right when it comes out. Delish! Thanks for the recipe!

Kristy Bernardo

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Oh man, melted honey butter would be delicious! I'll try that the next time I make it. Thanks, Allison, and I'm so glad you love it!

lena lawing

Sunday 5th of May 2019

Making rhis tonight with taco's and refried beans. YUMMMMM!!!


Saturday 6th of April 2019

What I could I substitute if I do not have a can of creamed corn, or any corn, around? Sour cream? I realize it may be more like bread with out it and that’s ok.

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