Sweet Corn Cakes

These cakes are an ode to my home state of Kansas, which I adore so much that I have an outline of it tattooed on my neck! Kansas has the dreamiest and sweetest corn you ever did eat. The polenta in this recipe produces a perfect, slightly dense, not-too-sweet dessert that's somewhere between cornbread and cake.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 18 mini cakes
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Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray

120 grams (1 cup) all-purpose flour 

163 grams (1 cup) polenta or very coarse yellow cornmeal 

132 grams (2/3 cup) granulated sugar 

12 grams (1 tablespoon) baking powder 

2 grams (1/2 teaspoon) fine sea salt 

113 grams (4 ounces) (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled 

128 grams (1/3 cup) honey (preferably wildflower), plus more for serving 

85 grams (2 large) eggs 

227 grams (1 cup) buttermilk 

170 grams (1 cup) corn kernels, fresh or frozen and thawed 

Creme fraiche, for serving 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), with a rack in the middle. Lightly grease eighteen 4-ounce ramekins, muffin cups (see Chef's Notes), or free-standing baking cups (see Chef's Notes) and place on two baking sheets.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, polenta, sugar, baking powder, and salt. 
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk the butter, honey, eggs, and buttermilk to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until well combined. Fold in the corn. 
  4. Scoop the batter into the prepared ramekins or muffin cups, filling each just over three-quarters full. 
  5. Bake the cakes (on the baking sheets) until they are golden at the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 12 to 15 minutes. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then unmold. 
  6. Serve the cakes warm or at room temperature, with a dollop of creme fraiche and a drizzle of honey. 

Cook’s Note

Make Ahead and Storage: I prefer these cakes warm, but, once cooled, they will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Why It Works: This simple batter is really a form of quick bread, with a slightly more liquid batter thanks to the honey. Pro Tips: I like to bake these cakes in a variety of freestanding paper baking cups to give them different shapes. My favorites are fluted cupcake/brioche liners that make the cakes look a little like Kansas sunflowers. If you don't have two muffin pans, bake in batches.

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