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Johnny Cake Recipe

Johnny Cake

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"My sister couldn't eat enough of this cake. This is her favorite."

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Original recipe makes 8 inch square cake Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease thoroughly an 8 inch square cake pan.
  2. Combine cornmeal and milk. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir together the egg and milk.
  3. Cream shortening, and blend in sugar. Stir flour mixture and egg mixture alternately into creamed mixture alternately. Blend in cornmeal mixture.
  4. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Serve hot, with maple syrup.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 15, 2002

Thanks for the tasted just like the one Mom made...we ate it warm like cornbread. Must be quite yummy with syrup!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 22, 2008

I gave this recipe a 3 because it has a great a cornbread. Very good! but I only gave it a 3 because this is not a traditional johnny cake at all, good flavor just not a johnny cake.


45 Ratings

Feb 21, 2005

I was looking for a good cornbread recipe for a family get together. It was a toss up between this recipe and another one using frozen corn. So I made both and without a doubt, this recipe is superior. So moist and sweet--the best! Definitely a keeper--thanks!

Mar 17, 2009

I've made this many times and it's a sweeter, moister replacement to cornbread on your table. FYI, I had always put the ingredients together the complicated way as directed in the recipe, but I was short on time tonight and just basically threw all the ingredients in and it turned out the exact same. Much simpler!

Oct 07, 2007

I made this a 5 star recipe by adding corn. It was very good. I added 1 can of whole kernel and a lil extra sugar and flour. yummmmmmmm.......

Nov 17, 2007

I use substitutes, such soy milk, egg replacer, and nucoa(milk free margarine), and rice flour...and they do not always fare well with baking recipes. But I cut back a tad on baking powder when I use egg replacer...and all worked great. I am glad to share johnny cake with my kids with allergies :)

Dec 22, 2006

This Johnny cake is very easy to make and wonderful. It's good served with spicy foods like Jerk chicken.

Jan 06, 2009

This may be called "Johnny Cake," but I couldn't tell anything that made it different from regular ol' cornbread. Pretty good cornbread, although it's a bit denser than I thought it would be. (I'd like to find a cornbread recipe a little moister and lighter.) Also note, this recipe cooks a lot faster than the recipe says--mine was done in 30 minutes, and perhaps I could have taken it out even sooner. Another note--I thought it would be pretty sweet with a half cup of sugar, but it wasn't for some reason.


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  • Calories
  • 224 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30.3 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 10.1 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 3.7 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 318 mg
  • 13%

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

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