Georgia Cornbread Cake Recipe

Georgia Cornbread Cake Recipe

This cake has a name that’s deceiving, as there is no actual cornmeal in the cake. Rather, it gets its name from the look. You can use a bowl and whisk to make this cake or lighten your load by using a hand mixer. Once baked, this sweet and nutty cake resembles cornbread but tastes quite different.

Try serving this cake warm, with a bit of whipped cream and a sprinkling of sugar, or drizzled with a bit of honey or maple syrup. Enjoy with coffee or hot chocolate during the cooler months or a scoop of vanilla or butter pecan ice cream during the summertime. 

Or see our tips section below on how to turn it into a delicious birthday or holiday celebration cake by making it into a layered cake.

“Georgia Cornbread Cake has just become my new favorite cake! This recipe comes together so easily and it is incredibly delicious, but it tastes even better topped with whipped cream”. — Kiana Rollins

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable oil, more for the dish

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 2 cups self-rising flour

  • 1 3/4 cups finely chopped pecans

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Georgia Cornbread Cake ingredients in bowls

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  2. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 350 F. Generously grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with vegetable oil. 

    Greased baking dish

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  3. In a large bowl whisk the eggs and 1 cup of vegetable oil by hand or with an electric mixer until frothy, about 3 minutes.

    Egg and vegetable oil mixture in a bowl, next to a hand mixer

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  4. Add the brown and granulated sugar and vanilla and whisk vigorously until the sugars are incorporated.

    Brown and granulated sugar and vanilla added to the egg mixture in the bowl, with a hand mixer

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  5. Fold in the flour and pecans until the mixture is well combined. 

    Flour and pecans added to the egg mixture in a bowl with a spatula

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  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish, spread evenly with a silicone spatula.

    Cake in a baking dish, with a spatula

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  7. Bake until the center is crackly, the edges have browned slightly, and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.

    Baked cake in a baking dish

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  8. Let cool to room temperature, about 40 minutes, before cutting into 12 equal squares and serving.

    Georgia Cornbread Cake slice on a plate

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Make It a Layered Cake

You could also turn this cake into a layered cake by dividing the batter between two 8-inch round cake pans. Bake time will remain the same, but check the cake at 25 minutes to be sure it’s not going to be overdone.

Try making a cream cheese frosting to add between the layers and to frost the outside and adorn the sides with chopped pecans. This would make a delicious birthday or holiday celebration cake.

How to Store

Store the cake in an airtight container on the countertop for up to a week. A quick 5-seconds in the microwave will bring this cake back to life after being on the counter for days.

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