When I was in my twenties, I often frequented Chevy’s or El Torito’s restaurants. Besides a margarita, there was always one thing I had to have — a double order of the sweet corn cake on the side. I know, right? I still have an enormous weakness for the stuff, but I show more restraint this days. This Mexican Sweet Corn Cake is sweet, moist, and loaded with corn flavor. It’s the perfect match for whatever you’re serving for Cinco de Mayo, or any other time you’ve got a wicked corn cake craving.
A few years ago I decided to make my own Sweet Corn Cake, and was I happy I did. It tastes exactly as I remember — soft, and moist, with chunks of corn. This is the stuff! These corn cakes utilize corn in 3 ways: masa harina, or corn flour, regular corn meal, and whole corn kernels. That’s 3 times the corn flavor! If you’re not familiar with masa harina, it’s a fine corn flour used to make corn tortillas. I need to put that masa to use, so I think I’ll try making my own tortillas soon. I need to do something else with it because I’m not going to make sweet corn cake all the time. It’s much too tempting for me to have around!
You can use cooked, fresh corn, or frozen, thawed corn. I opted to use frozen roasted corn this time around to save time. The corn kernels need to be pulsed in a food processor for just a bit. Leave them chunky — we don’t want mush. I love the nice, rustic look of the corn chunks, too. This Mexican Sweet Corn Cake would be the perfect addition for your Cinco de Mayo feast or any time you’re serving Mexican dishes.
Here are some of my other dishes that would be wonderful for Cinco de Mayo as well:
- Artichoke and Roasted Jalapeno Dip
- Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Cranberry Skillet Cornbread
- Easy Guacamole
- Guinness Beef Chili (maybe with Mexican beer?!)
- Homemade Chicken Enchiladas
- Key Lime Cooler Cookies
- Fresh Key Lime Greek Yogurt Dip
- Key Lime Pie with Meringue Whipped Cream
- Lemon Burst Cookies
- Mango Salsa
- Meyer Lemon Sugar Cookies
- Maple Cornbread Waffles
- Santa Fe Chicken Salad with Tangy Lime Dressing
- Spicy Black Bean and Bacon Soup
- White Bean Turkey Chili
- Whole Grain Cornbread