Cornbread Made with a Cake Mix

For a while, a friend has been telling me about her cornbread recipe that starts with a cake mix. Last night I tried it and it was delicious.



It wasn’t too “cake like” but the recipe did call for 3 T. sugar and I think next time I make it, I’ll use just 1 T. of sugar and see what I think. Even Vince said it wasn’t too sweet, but it was on the sweet side. I think it would be great with pulled pork.

Here’s the recipe as my friend gave it to me. After the recipe, I’ve given a dissertation on how I divided the recipe so we only had one pan of cornbread.

Cake Mix Cornbread
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  1. 1 box yellow cake mix
  2. 1 cup flour
  3. 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  4. 3 T. sugar
  5. 1 T. baking soda
  6. 1 tsp. salt
  7. 3 eggs
  8. 2 cups milk
  9. 1/3 cup butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease 2 - 9 x 9" pans.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients.
  3. Cut in butter (using either a fork or work it with your fingers).
  4. Add eggs and milk.
  5. Stir til just blended . . do not over stir.
  6. Pour into prepared pans and bake 30 to 35 minutes.
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Instead of making 2 pans of cornbread, I mixed the dry ingredients, then weighed them and found that I had 30 ounces of dry mix. I put 15 oz. into a Mason jar to save for another day.

Then, to the dry ingredients I was going to mix and bake, I added and worked in a bit over 2-1/2 tablespoons of butter, then added 1 cup of milk. Instead of using 1-1/2 eggs, I used a large egg and a Bantam egg but you could easily use a large egg and a white or yolk only from a 2nd egg.

For the mix in the jar, I’ll just add butter, eggs and milk and make another batch next week when we have chili for dinner.


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    Teri Jordan says

    What s great way to divide up the mix….my husband doesn’t like corn bread… that cool recipe is out for me…..unless I have company…then I would do it…I love it , but don’t need to eat that much corn bread……

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    Pat says

    I love the idea to divide a recipe like that. I don’t understand the purpose of using the cake mix when you still add everything normally in cornbread. We also prefer our cornbread without sugar. I enjoy when you share recipes especially when you make them for just you and Vince.

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      Judy Laquidara says

      The cake mix totally changes the texture and it’s more cake-like and less cornbread-like but a great compromise of texture.

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    Chris P says

    Your cornbread recipes reminds me of the corn bread they serve at Marie Calendar restaurants. The knock off recipes always called for a cake mix and a box of Jiffy Corn Bread mix. It is much more fluffy and lighter than a traditional corn bread as I understand. My late father in law was quite partial to my knock off recipe always served with honey butter.

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    Diana G says

    I love to use cake mixes to make breads, cookies its a good texture difference for the palate for sure. Besides DH likes it (So that makes it all worth while!!LOL). There are so many different recipes out there for the cake mixes or pop with cakes mixes as well.

    Thanks for the corn bread recipe !!