Cornmeal Cake Recipe with Strawberry Compote

    slice of cornmeal cake on a plate

    This sweet, yet healthy cornmeal cake is the perfect accompaniment to your summer dishes. Light and delicate with a tender crumb, you’ll love serving this cornmeal cake alongside your barbecued dishes.

    To make this cornmeal cake, you’ll need the primary ingredient — cornmeal. The cornmeal not only provides the sweet and nutty flavor of cornmeal but a slightly grainy texture as well that gives cornmeal baked goods their signature appearance.

    If you wanted to serve this cornmeal cake as a side dish, you can simply skip the strawberry compote and serve it right alongside a bowl of chili or some barbeque ribs. Otherwise, this cornmeal cake with strawberry compote is a sweet dessert that can be enjoyed after a savory dish.

    Feel free to swap out the strawberries for other berries like blueberries or blackberries as well. Just be mindful that if you’re using a tart berry, you may want to increase the sweetener used in the compote recipe.


    Cook time: 30 minutes
    Prep time: 10 minutes
    Idle time:



    To make the cake:
    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 9×9 baking pan.
    2. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
    3. Mix the wet ingredients (egg, yogurt, butter) in a separate bowl. Combine the dry and wet ingredients.
    4. Pour into the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely before topping with strawberry compote and lemon zest.
    To make the compote:
    1. Remove the leaves from the from strawberries and discard. Dice strawberries.
    2. In a small pot or pan, sauté strawberries in butter, 1 minute or until wilted.
    3. Add apple juice and vanilla and cook on medium heat until liquid reduces (about 5-7 minutes).

    Additional information

    Born and raised in Southern California, Beeta has embraced a healthy lifestyle focused on farm-to-table cooking, natural products, and wellness routines. When she's not writing up recipes or discussing the latest natural living trends, Beeta enjoys spending time trying new restaurants, traveling with family and friends, and relaxing at home with her furry companion.