Sun-dried Tomato and Corn Tamale Cakes

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Sun-dried Tomato and Corn Tamale Cakes, or cornbread cakes, are delicious and flavorful. They’re full of jalapenos, red peppers, and tomatoes and topped with cheese, corn, and green onions.

Tamale Cakes

Sun-dried Tomato and Corn Tamale Cakes

These cakes are kind of like a pancake and kind of like a hoecake. They’re so good!

They can be a snack, appetizer, or main dish. For an entree, they’re good topped with spicy shrimp. I like to eat them plain as a snack. They’re also good sides with chili, beef stew, and soup. I like them for breakfast with an over-easy egg and Blender Hollandaise.

They’re so tasty, topped with sour cream and bacon or any of these sauces.

  1. Remoulade
  2. White Barbecue Sauce
  3. Mango Salsa
  4. Avocado Mango Salsa
  5. Fresh Salsa or pico

Additionally, you can deep fry the mixture like a hushpuppy. However, I tried baking them and didn’t love how they turned out. Corn Tamale Cakes did not have that crispy outside, which is part of what I enjoy about them.


The full recipe with ingredient amounts and instructions is at the bottom of this post. You can save a tree and the recipe to your personal and private recipe box here on Call Me PMc. This way, you’ll never misplace it.

  • frozen corn thawed
  • butter softened
  • sugar
  • salt
  • all-purpose flour
  • cornmeal
  • Jalapenos diced, fresh or jarred
  • Roasted red peppers diced
  • sundried tomatoes, diced
  • vegetable oil

They really made a beautiful presentation and had a light, refreshing flavor.

tamale cake batter in a bowl

 The dough should be thick, think cookie dough thick.

tamale cakes in skillet

 I baked these, but you could fry them on the stovetop.

What do I serve with corn tamale cakes?

As I mentioned, they’re good with soup, chili, and stew. But don’t stop there! They’re a good bread side, so whatever you typically serve cornbread with is good. I particularly enjoy them with Healthy Slow Cooker Tex Mex Chicken Soup, Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers, and Tex Mex Skillet Pasta since these entree recipes have Mexican and Tex-Mex flavors.

Please remember that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary based on the products used.

I updated this post from an earlier version dated April 26, 2013. I made new photos and simplified the recipe instructions.

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Tamale Cakes

Sun-dried Tomato and Corn Tamale Cakes

Tamale cakes, cornbread cakes, are delicious and flavorful. They're full of jalapenos, red peppers, and tomatoes and topped with cheese, corn, and green onions.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 and ½ cups frozen corn thawed
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tablespoons corn meal
  • ½ Tablespoons jalapenos diced, fresh or jarred
  • 1 Tablespoon roasted red peppers diced
  • ½ Tablespoon sun dried tomatoes diced
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil


  • Using a mixer, mix butter, sugar, and salt. Add corn and mix until combined. Add flour and cornmeal to butter mixture and beat until blended. Fold in jalapenos, red peppers, and tomatoes.
  • Flour hands, using a small ice cream scoop (about 1/4 cup) form dough into a 2-inch patties. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. (They'll stay together if they're chilled.)
  • Add 1 Tablespoon oil to a cast-iron skillet.
  • When the oil is hot, place the patty in the skillet. Work in batches if necessary. don't crowd the pan. Cook until golden and crisp, about 4 minutes per side.
  • Transfer patties to a paper towel lined plate until all are cooked. Serve hot.


Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 486IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Paula,

    These sound so good. You really are the queen of appetizers! I have to do these.

    Have a great weekend.


    1. We make a good pair then because cooking the main dishes or sides doesn’t excite me (most of the time)! If we lived closer we could trade and have complete meals 🙂

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