Old-Fashioned Johnny Cake

Old-Fashioned Johnny Cake

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: cornmeal cake recipe, johnny cake recipe, jonny cake recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Energy: 311 kcal
Author: Jennifer

An old-fashioned, classic cornmeal cake, perfect enjoyed warm with butter and maple syrup.



  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8-inch square cake pan and set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the 1 cup cornmeal with the 1/2 cup milk. Set aside.

  3. 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.

  4. Pour in to prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until set.

Recipe Notes

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