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Hoe Cakes Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Hoe Cakes

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"My mother-in-law is from Arkansas and she's passed this recipe on to me. Apparently people would cook these little corn cakes on the flat end of a hoe and that's how they got their name! You can substitute buttermilk or yogurt for the milk."

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Original recipe makes 16 hoe cakes Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    25 mins


  1. Whisk together the cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl and set aside. Whisk the eggs and milk in a separate bowl until smooth. Stir the cornmeal mixture into the milk mixture until no lumps remain.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium-high heat. Drop batter by large spoonfuls onto the griddle and cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry. Flip and cook until browned on the other side. Repeat with remaining batter.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 17, 2009

I thought these were very tasty - excellent with chili! They are incredibly simple to make. My recommendation is to let the batter sit for several minutes before dropping onto the hot griddle. It thickens up a bit when it sits. Thanks for a keeper!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 28, 2011

Sorry, I followed the recipe to a T but unfortunately I didn't care for these hoe cakes at all. Really gritty.


11 Ratings

Jan 04, 2010

I agree with the comment to let the batter sit a few minutes to thicken however, still, the cakes were thin and dense with a bland flavor. They may be better as a side to chili or as a crepe with lots of sugary, wet toppings. Guess we prefer our corn cakes fluffy and sweet. I will try other recipes until I find "the one". Thanks.

Aug 25, 2009

we were on a tight budget w/ a bunch of pulled pork from my MIL.i found some dried pinto beans in the pantry. i made some from scratch stovetop baked beans w/ the pork. served them in a bowl and topped them off w/these awesome hoe cakes. i did add some chopped jalapeno from the garden and some leftover crumbled bacon to the cakes. turned out great. thanks for an inexpensive recipe!

Apr 22, 2009

This was a very simple and tasty recipe! I did have a little problem with the milk separating from the batter mixture, but that might have happened because I mixed the liquids into the dry ingredients, instead of vice versa. These cakes were tasty; my family liked them with butter and brown sugar. I tried sour cream and chives, which was delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Mar 17, 2009

These were very good! I didn't want to make a whole pan of cornbread to go with leftover Navy bean soup and I remember this recipe. I had never had a hoe cake before but it brought back childhood memories for my husband! I think they would be excellent in the morning drizzled with honey or syrup as well! I'll be making these again!

May 09, 2013

I mixed up a half batch and it was so thin (about like grainy thick cream) so I added half as much whole wheat flour as the cornmeal. Fried the batter (now about like pan cake batter) covered it with thick bean soup and it was very good. I would rate it as soul food. guten appatit!

Jun 25, 2010

Added about 1/3 c. flour and let it sit a bit to thicken as suggested, and was pleasantly surprised at how good these were. Served them with a bean soup. They reminded me of the cornmeal mush my Grandma used to make when I was a kid. My daughter ate one with syrup and really liked it that way, too. My parents ate with us, and dad asked for the leftovers!


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  • Calories
  • 176 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30.4 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 58 mg
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 3.1 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 6.1 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 397 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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