Cornbread Cake with Peanut Butter Honey Frosting 

When traditional desserts start to feel monotonous, it’s time to think outside the box. Enter the Cornbread Cake with Peanut Butter Honey Frosting—a combination that might initially raise eyebrows, but after the first bite, it’s all about wanting another slice.

This isn’t your typical cornbread side dish. We’re blending the comforting, familiar texture of cornbread with the indulgent sweetness of a frosted cake. Whether you’re a baking novice or a seasoned expert, this recipe offers a fresh take on cake baking that’s as rewarding to make as it is to eat.

Why You’ll Love Cornbread Cake with Peanut Butter Honey Frosting

Unique Combination

Marrying the texture of cornbread with a creamy peanut butter honey frosting isn’t something you come across often. Every bite offers a symphony of flavors that is both familiar yet refreshingly new.

Effortless Baking

Don’t be daunted by the fusion of flavors; the process is straightforward. Even if you’re new to the baking world, the recipe is designed to be user-friendly, ensuring a delicious outcome.

Suitable for Various Events

Whether it’s a casual weekend brunch, a festive celebration, or even just a regular day craving something different, this cake fits right in, making it both versatile and a conversation starter.

Minimalist’s Dream

You won’t be juggling numerous kitchen gadgets. A few basic tools are all that’s needed, promoting both efficiency and ease.

Gluten-Free Adaptability

The use of 1.1 gluten-free flour ensures that those with dietary restrictions aren’t left out. Everyone gets to enjoy the treat without compromise.

What You Need to Make Cornbread Cake with Peanut Butter Honey Frosting

  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Mixing Bowls
  • 9×13 Baking Dish
  • KitchenAid or Hand Mixer

Ingredients You Need to Make Cornbread Cake with Peanut Butter Honey Frosting


  • Yellow fine cornmeal
  • 1.1 gluten-free flour
  • Sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • Milk
  • Large eggs
  • Baking powder
  • Creamed corn


  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Cream cheese, room temp
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Honey
  • Butter, room temp
  • Milk
  • Cinnamon

How to Make Cornbread Cake with Peanut Butter Honey Frosting

Cake Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prep a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. In a bowl, combine milk, eggs, creamed corn, and sugar.
  3. Fold in dry ingredients, mixing just until combined.
  4. Pour batter into the baking dish and bake for 25-35 minutes. Check with a toothpick; it should come out clean. Allow the cake to cool.

Frosting Steps:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, cinnamon, cream cheese, vanilla, honey, and milk. Mix until smooth.
  2. Gradually add powdered sugar, one cup at a time. The consistency should be firm enough for frosting.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I use another type of milk?

Yes, oat milk can be a suitable substitute, but it may alter the cake’s texture slightly.

How do I store the leftover cake?

Keep it refrigerated in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for up to 4 days.

Can I make mini versions of this cake?

Absolutely. Use muffin tins for individual servings. Adjust baking time accordingly.

Is there an alternative to peanut butter for the frosting?

You can use almond butter or cashew butter as alternatives. The flavor profile will change but will remain delicious.

Substitutions + Alternatives

Can I use All-Purpose Flour?

Yes, All-Purpose Flour can be used. Use the same amount that is listed in the ingredients, but swap with all purpose.

Can I use regular dairy?

Feel free to make this recipe your own. I use dairy-free milk, but feel welcome to choose your preferred dairy option without any recipe adjustments. Unless specified otherwise, you have the flexibility to use the milk of your choice for the recipe.

Note: While almond milk is an option, it is less preferred due to its liquid consistency. Consider opting for a milk alternative with a thicker texture.

Cornbread Cake with Peanut Butter Honey Frosting

When traditional desserts start to feel monotonous, it's time to think outside the box. Enter the Cornbread Cake with Peanut Butter Honey Frosting—a combination that might initially raise eyebrows, but after the first bite, it's all about wanting another slice.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 662kcal


  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • mixing bowls
  • 9×13 baking dish
  • KitchenAid or Hand Mixer


  • 1 cup yellow fine cornmeal
  • 2 cups 1.1 gluten free flour
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup can cream corn

Ingredients: Frosting

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temp
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup butter room temp
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×13 with nonstick spray.
  • Mix milk, eggs, creamed corn, vegetable oil and sugar in a bowl.
  • Fold in the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated (don’t over mix).
  • Pour into the baking dish.
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes, the top will be golden brown, use a toothpick to check when it’s ready.
  • The toothpick should come out clean. Let it cool completely.

Frosting Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl minus the powder sugar.
  • Mix until smooth and creamy.
  • Mix in the powdered sugar by 1 cup at a time.
  • Depending on the brand of peanut butter you may need more powdered sugar to make it firm enough to frost a cake. Enjoy!


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 662kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 321mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 72g | Vitamin A: 739IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg
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Cornbread Cake with Peanut Butter Honey Frosting is more than just a culinary adventure; it’s a delightful blend of comfort and luxury.

The rustic charm of cornbread juxtaposed with the sweet, creamy frosting ensures every mouthful is a memorable experience. Beyond the flavors, what makes this recipe a keeper is its simplicity. It doesn’t demand professional baking skills or rare ingredients.

It’s a testament to the fact that sometimes, the most unexpected combinations can lead to the most delightful outcomes. So the next time you’re in the mood for something sweet, yet different, remember this cake. It promises satisfaction with every bite.

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