Iced Corn Coffee Cake

Iced Corn Coffee Cake

Certainly! 🍰 Let’s dive into the delightful world of Iced Corn Coffee Cake. This recipe combines the comforting flavors of cornbread with a crumbly streusel topping and a thick vanilla icing. Perfect for snacking or as a Quick bread, this cake is a treat you won’t want to miss.

Iced Corn Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping


  1. Streusel Topping:
    • 60 grams (½ cup) all-purpose flour
    • 40 grams (½ cup) old-fashioned oats
    • 53 grams (¼ cup, packed) light brown sugar
    • 9 grams (1 tablespoon) yellow cornmeal
    • A pinch of fine sea salt
    • A pinch of cinnamon
    • 56 grams (4 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, diced
  2. Cornbread:
    • 113 grams (½ cup) unsalted butter, melted
    • 30 grams (2 tablespoons) neutral oil (like canola or vegetable)
    • 71 grams (1/3 cup) light brown sugar
    • 63 grams (3 tablespoons) honey
    • 56 grams (1 large) egg, at room temperature
    • 138 grams (1 cup) yellow cornmeal
    • 120 grams (1 cup) all-purpose flour
    • 6 grams (1 ½ teaspoons) baking powder
    • 4 grams (1 teaspoon) fine sea salt
    • 230 grams (1 cup) buttermilk, at room temperature
  3. Thick Vanilla Icing:
    • 113 grams (1 cup) powdered sugar
    • 30 grams (2 tablespoons) heavy cream (plus more as needed)
    • 2 grams (½ teaspoon) vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F/205°C with the oven rack in the center.
  2. Lightly grease an 8×8 in/20×20 cm pan with nonstick spray.
  3. Streusel Topping:
    • In a medium bowl, mix the flour, oats, brown sugar, cornmeal, salt, and cinnamon to combine.
    • Add the cold unsalted butter and use your hands to rub it into the mixture until moist crumbs form. Set aside.
  4. Cornbread:
    • Whisk the melted butter and oil together in a medium bowl.
    • Add the egg and brown sugar (if using), and whisk well to combine.
    • In another medium bowl, whisk the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined.
    • Add half of this mixture to the bowl with the butter/oil and mix with a silicone spatula.
    • Add half of the buttermilk, mixing to incorporate. Repeat with the remaining flour and buttermilk.
    • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it into an even layer.
  5. Sprinkle the streusel in an even layer over the batter.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  7. You can serve the coffee cake slightly warm, and the icing will be a bit more gooey and glaze-like. Alternatively, cool the coffee cake completely, drizzle with icing, and allow it to set until firm and sliceable. Both ways are truly equally delicious!

Enjoy your homemade Iced Corn Coffee Cake! 🌽☕🍰

Excerpted from “Savory Baking: Recipes for Breakfast, Dinner, and Everything in Between” by Erin Jeanne McDowell. Reproduced by permission of Harvest, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.1

Certainly! 🌽☕🍰 Here are some delightful variations to customize your Iced Corn Coffee Cake:

  1. Fruit Swirl: Add a fruity twist by incorporating fresh or frozen berries (such as blueberries, raspberries, or diced strawberries) into the batter. Swirl them gently with a knife for a marbled effect.
  2. Nutty Goodness: Mix chopped nuts (like pecans, walnuts, or almonds) into the streusel topping for added crunch and flavor. You can also sprinkle some on top of the icing.
  3. Spiced Up: Enhance the cornbread batter with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom. These aromatic spices pair beautifully with the sweetness of the cake.
  4. Lemon Zest: Add the zest of a lemon to the cornbread batter for a refreshing citrus flavor. Lemon complements the corn and balances the sweetness.
  5. Maple Glaze: Instead of vanilla icing, drizzle the cooled cake with a simple maple glaze made from powdered sugar, maple syrup, and a splash of milk or cream.
  6. Chocolate Chip Surprise: Fold mini chocolate chips into the cornbread batter for pockets of gooey chocolate goodness. Chocolate and cornbread? Yes, please!
  7. Coconut Crunch: Mix shredded coconut into the streusel topping or sprinkle it over the icing. It adds a tropical flair and a delightful texture.

Remember, baking is all about creativity, so feel free to experiment with flavors and textures. Whether you choose one of these variations or come up with your own, your Iced Corn Coffee Cake will be a delightful treat! Enjoy! 😊🌟

Excerpted from “Savory Baking: Recipes for Breakfast, Dinner, and Everything in Between” by Erin Jeanne McDowell. Reproduced by permission of Harvest, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.


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