Mexican Sweet Corn Cake with Cinnamon Churro Icing

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Mexican Sweet Corn Cake

This quick and easy Mexican Sweet Corn Cake recipe is a perfect dessert after Mexican or Tex-Mex food!

Whether that’s a dinner party, family meal, Cinco de Mayo, or other celebration, this cake is a crowd-pleaser that will leave your guests asking for the recipe!

This Mexican sweet corn cake is known as pastel de elote, and shouldn’t be confused with pan de elote.

Pastel means “cake” and pan means “bread” – this recipe is a sweet cake eaten as a dessert, rather than on the side with savory dishes.

We’ve taken a shortcut in this recipe, using a honey cornbread box mix, which is then enriched with sweet cream coffee creamer, sweet corn kernels, vanilla extract, egg, and oil.

Once cooked, the cake is drenched with homemade cinnamon syrup that will infuse every bite with a rich, spicy sweetness.

It is finally top it off with decadent cinnamon churro icing, made with churro coffee cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla, for an irresistible treat that will leave your taste buds singing!

Serve with a swirl of whipped cream and a slice of lime that will balance out the sweetness with a tangy citrus flavor.

How To Make Mexican Sweet Corn Cake

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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Ingredients Needed For Mexican Sweet Corn Cake

The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found on the recipe card at the end of this post.


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Equipment Needed For This Recipe

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Mexican Sweet Corn Cake (Pastel de Elote)

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Pan de Elote Recipe (Mexican Sweet Corn Cake)

How Do I Make Mexican Sweet Corn Cake?

The printable recipe card with the full ingredients list and instructions can be found at the end of this post.

Step 1 – Preheat & Prep: Preheat your oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas 4. Spray a 9-inch bundt cake pan well with non-stick baking spray and set it aside.

Step 2 – Blend Corn Kernels: Place the corn kernels and vanilla extract into a food processor and mix on high until the corn has broken down.

Step 3 – Make Cake Batter: Use an electric handheld or standing mixer, to mix together the honey cornbread mix, egg, vegetable oil, and creamer until fully combined.

Add the blended corn and vanilla to the bowl and mix until combined.

Cake Batter in Bundt Pan

Step 4 – Bake Cake: Pour the cake batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake in the center of the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the cake is a golden color.

TIP! You can check for doneness by inserting a cocktail stick or skewer into the center of the cake, which should come out clean when the cake is cooked through.

If further cooking is required, cover the pan with aluminium foil and bake for a further 5-10 minutes.

Step 5 – Cool Cake: Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool to room temperature in the pan.

Flip the bundt cake pan to remove the baked cake and transfer it to a serving plate.

Step 6 – Make the Syrup: Place the water, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon sticks, and cloves into a medium saucepan and whisk to combine.

Place on high heat and bring to a boil before reducing to medium heat and simmering for 25 minutes.

Use a fine-mesh strainer to strain the cinnamon syrup into a bowl. Discard the cinnamon sticks and cloves. Set the syrup aside to thicken and reach room temperature.

Step 7 – Make the Icing: Place the powdered sugar, Cinnamon Churro Creamer, and vanilla extract into a bowl, and use an electric handheld or standing mixer to whisk the mixture until combined and smooth.

Step 8 – Add Syrup to Cake: Use a fork to poke holes into the top of the cooked and cooled cake. Slowly pour half of the cinnamon syrup on top of the cake. The remaining syrup can be used for serving.

Step 9 – Add Icing to Cake: Pour the icing on top of the cake, and set the cake aside for 30 minutes before serving.

Pouring Icing on Bundt Cake

Step 10 – Slice & Serve: To serve, place a slice of cake on a plate, add a little cinnamon syrup, with additional whipped cream and a slice of lime for garnish, if desired.

Mexican Sweet Corn Cake Recipe (Pan de Elote)

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Storing Leftovers & Freezing

  • Storing Leftovers:
    • Cool (within 1-2 hours), transfer to an airtight container, and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Because this cake uses cream, it is best to keep it in the fridge.
  • Freezing Instructions:
    • You will want to freeze the cake without the addition of the icing. Make the icing when you are ready to serve.
    • You can freeze the cake whole or in portions.
    • Cool completely and wrap in a double layer of plastic wrap and a layer of foil to help prevent freezer burn and eliminate unwanted freezer smells. Alternatively, cool and transfer to an airtight, freezer-safe container and place in the freezer.
    • Label with the name of the dish, thawing/reheating instructions, and the date to keep track of your food storage.
    • The Mexican sweet corn cake will last in the freezer for up to 2 months.
    • To defrost the cake, unwrap it entirely and place it in the fridge to thaw overnight (or at least 12 hours). Make the icing and pour it over when ready to serve.
  • With all leftovers, ensure the food looks and smells okay before consuming.
  • You can always consult the Food Standards Agency in your country for the most up-to-date advice on storing and freezing foods: Food Standards Agency (UK) | Food Safety (USA).

Printable Mexican Sweet Corn Cake Recipe Card

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Mexican Sweet Corn Cake Recipe

Mexican Sweet Corn Cake

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Indulge in a symphony of flavors with every bite of this Mexican Sweet Corn Cake drizzled with cinnamon syrup and churro icing!

Ingredients

For the Cake

For the Cinnamon Syrup

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch (cornflour)
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves

For the Churro Icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • ¼ cup Cinnamon Churro Coffee Creamer
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas 4. Spray a 9-inch bundt cake pan well with non-stick baking spray and set it aside.
  2. Place the corn kernels and vanilla extract into a food processor and mix on high until the corn has broken down.
  3. Use an electric handheld or standing mixer, to mix together the honey cornbread mix, egg, vegetable oil, and creamer until fully combined. Add the blended corn and vanilla to the bowl and mix until combined.
  4. Pour the cake batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake in the center of the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the cake is a golden color. TIP! You can check for doneness by inserting a cocktail stick or skewer into the center of the cake, which should come out clean when the cake is cooked through. If further cooking is required, cover the pan with aluminium foil and bake for a further 5-10 minutes.
  5. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool to room temperature in the pan. Flip the bundt cake pan to remove the baked cake and transfer it to a serving plate.
  6. Place the water, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon sticks, and cloves into a medium saucepan and whisk to combine. Place on high heat and bring to a boil before reducing to medium heat and simmering for 25 minutes. Use a fine-mesh strainer to strain the cinnamon syrup into a bowl. Discard the cinnamon sticks and cloves. Set the syrup aside to thicken and reach room temperature.
  7. Place the powdered sugar, Cinnamon Churro Creamer, and vanilla extract into a bowl, and use an electric handheld or standing mixer to whisk the mixture until combined and smooth.
  8. Use a fork to poke holes into the top of the cooked and cooled cake. Slowly pour half of the cinnamon syrup on top of the cake. The remaining syrup can be used for serving.
  9. Pour the icing on top of the cake, and set the cake aside for 30 minutes before serving.
  10. To serve, place a slice of cake on a plate, add a little cinnamon syrup, with additional whipped cream, and a slice of lime for garnish, if desired.

    Mexican Sweet Corn Cake Recipe

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 644Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 239mgCarbohydrates: 109gFiber: 1gSugar: 91gProtein: 4g

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