Sweet Corn Cake (Tamalitos) #HolidaySideDishes

Sweet corn cake, or also called tamalitos has the texture of spoon bread, and is like the version served at Mexican restaurants.

Sweet Corn Cake (Tamalitos

Sweet Corn Cake (Tamalitos)

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

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My recipe of the day is with the Festive Foodies group, who are posting holiday side dishes this week. You may have already seen my recipe I posted  the other day (we are posting every other day) for low carb Thanksgiving stuffing  or dressing. I’ll be posting a couple  others later this week as well: Broccoli Casserole on Thursday and a Roasted Apple and Butternut Squash salad on Sunday.

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I had the idea to  make this again after a couple of tries for corn casserole that didn’t  turn out as I had hoped- each time they were good, but not what I was looking for. Then I saw a packet of ChiChi’s sweet corn cake mix in the store and gave it a peek. One of the different things was that it didn’t use the Jiffy mix at all, which adds a bit of flour. Also this recipe doesn’t use eggs, which in a different recipe yielded a  more quiche like result (minus the crust) and wasn’t what I really wanted.

Sweet Corn Cake (Tamalitos

So I bought the mix and brought it home and weighed out what was in   it  by the ingredient list, and used their directions to bake. Except for needing to bake  a touch  longer than they said,   it turned out great. Now you don’t have to  buy the packet and pay extra for the convenience  of measuring it out. There really isn’t a whole lot  to it.

So if the corn  casseroles you  have been doing aren’t what you’ve been looking for, you might want to give this one a try.

Besides a Thanksgiving side,  I might like this at a barbecue too. I’ve been served that instead of corn bread and it was really good. And to serve this, you just use your ice cream scoop  on it, as it is a bit of spoon bread after all.

Sweet Corn Cake (Tamalitos

Holiday Side Dishes

From  the Festive Foodies Blogging Group

Hosted by Heather King 

Sweet Corn Cake (Tamalitos


Sweet Corn Cake (Tamalitos)

Sweet Corn Cake (Tamalitos)

Sue Lau
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4.58 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 5
Calories 225 kcal


  • 1-1/4 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup melted cooled butter
  • 15 ounces canned cream style corn


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Butter or grease a one pound glass loaf pan (about 9x5x3 inches).
  • Stir together all the ingredients and pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 55-65 minutes or until set.
  • Serve with a scoop, like spoon bread.


From  the kitchen of palatablepastime.com


Calories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 496mgPotassium: 143mgFiber: 2gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 347IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 1mg
Keyword corn cake
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Sweet Corn Cake (Tamalitos

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7 responses

  1. Love this recipe– I serve it with Argentinian Flank Steak w/ Avocado Chimichurri! So yummy together. Thanks for posting!

  2. Made these as a sweet treat after a Mexican feast and it was GREAT! A little vanilla ice cream would go great with this dish. Loved it. Thanks!

  3. This has been one of my favorite items that is served at Mexican restaurants. When I discovered that it could be made at home, I was so excited and continue to be excited. This recipe is superb, Oh-So-Good. If I didn’t purposely control myself, I could eat spoonful after spoonful all by myself, until the whole of it was gone. Who said being a glutton is bad! Delicious. Thank you, Sue for sharing. Made it for The AmaZ’ing Race 2023 – Oaxaca, Mexico.

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