Old-Fashioned Johnny Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
An old-fashioned, classic cornmeal cake, perfect enjoyed warm with butter and maple syrup.
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  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream, for extra richness
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup soft cake flour can use all purpose
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp fine salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8-inch square cake pan and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the 1 cup cornmeal with the 1/2 cup milk. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl with an electric mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter. Gradually add the 1/2 cup sugar. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the 1 egg and 1 cup milk. Add the flour mixture alternately with the egg/milk mixture to the creamed butter/sugar mixture, beating until well combined. Blend in the reserved cornmeal mixture.
  • Pour in to prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until set.


*Cake flour is soft wheat flour. It is not self-raising. It is sometimes called Cake and Pastry flour.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 453mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1.5mg