Corn Meal/flour In Cake...why?

Decorating By katnmouse Updated 8 Jun 2011 , 5:29am by scp1127

katnmouse Posted 7 Jun 2011 , 4:33am
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A new bakery opened in a nearby town and I happened to be stumble upon it today on it's "grand opening". They were giving samples and I wanted to taste what they had to offer. They were serving pieces of a yellow cake with strawberry cream filling and vanilla buttercream frosting. The cake had a very obvious corn meal flavor that I found strange. The cake tasted just like sweetened cornbread (anybody ever eat at Famous Dave's BBQ?) The texture was also similar to cornbread crumb too. Why would they have added cornmeal/flour to their cake? The flavor of the corn overshadowed the vanilla or other flavor the cake was supposed to have.

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Marianna46 Posted 8 Jun 2011 , 4:36am
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Maybe they just wanted to do something different. I say that because here in Mexico, there's a very popular cake - pastel de elote - that's made with part flour and part fresh corn (it even has some of the kernels in it). It's not my cup of tea, but I know people who go crazy for it! You might try another flavor in a few weeks to see if it was just that recipe or if their basic recipe has cornmeal in it.

SecretAgentCakeBaker Posted 8 Jun 2011 , 4:54am
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My aunt insisted on buying my 40th birthday cake from one of her patients, rather than allowing my dear sister-in-law to make it for me (she had her heart set on making the cake.) Anyway, the cake was horrid; it tasted like cornbread and had the same texture. (it was also hideous looking and cost $70, but that's a different story.) the cake did NOT have cornmeal in it. I have no clue how this baker messed up the cake so badly. Maybe that is the same case in your situation.

caymancake Posted 8 Jun 2011 , 4:57am
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Maybe it was vegan? I find some vegan recipes have a cornbread texture/taste...

jason_kraft Posted 8 Jun 2011 , 5:01am
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Originally Posted by caymancake

Maybe it was vegan? I find some vegan recipes have a cornbread texture/taste...



I was just about to suggest the same thing...we make vegan cakes all the time, and they tend to have a slight corn-like taste. The corn flavor is definitely not supposed to be overpowering though.

imagenthatnj Posted 8 Jun 2011 , 5:15am
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I cook a lot, so I have a ton of cookbooks from all countries in the world.

Italians have very delicious cornmeal cakes. I have plenty of Italian cookbooks that have desserts that include cornmeal sometimes together with flour in the recipes. I love those "different" cakes. One of them includes olive oil, cornmeal and orange zest, I think. Another has rosemary. I've made a few.

Maybe they are Italian?

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/cornmeal-and-rosemary-cake-with-balsamic-syrup-recipe/index.html

http://www.food.com/recipe/italian-almond-cake-giada-de-laurentiis-108984

http://rhythmofthehomeblog.com/07/guest-post-italian-cornmeal-cake-by-joy-tienzo/

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/666028

scp1127 Posted 8 Jun 2011 , 5:29am
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My vegan does not taste like cornmeal. However, I have had bad scratch cakes that taste like cornmeal. That would be my guess. And I agree that cornmeal added to a recipe should enhance it, not be a detriment. Great bakers have used cornmeal successfully. Bobby Flay won a Throwdown with a cake that incorporated a small amount of cornmeal.

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