Sweet Hoecakes with Blackberry Rum Sauce*

Sweet Hoecakes with Blackberry Rum Sauce from thenovicechefblog.com

It has taken me a long time to perfect my hoecakes. I made many recipes from the likes of Paula Deen to Alton Brown…but none of them were perfect. I tried more cornmeal, less cornmeal, and even all cornmeal. I couldn’t figure out what was missing…what flavor wasn’t there…and then one day I added sugar. WHOA. Sugar was definitely the missing ingredient!

When I served these babies up to Jorge, he proclaimed them to be the best pancakes I had ever made. And while they are hoecakes, they do fall into the pancake category and I have made a lot of pancakes over the years! You might think it was the sauce that won him over, but I promise it was the actual hoecakes. However, the Blackberry Rum Sauce really was the um, icing on the hoecake. 😉

These were so dang good that Jorge and I started eating them right out of the pan with no syrup, sauce, or butter. They are now on the very top of the list for Sunday breakfasts. They even surpass bacon on Jorge’s breakfast wish list — and that is seriously saying something! …of course, he would like both bacon and hoecakes, but I gotta keep his heart pumping for a few more years.

Sweet Hoecakes with Blackberry Rum Sauce from thenovicechefblog.com

As you can read from my love letter above, these sweet hoecakes are fabulous with just a little maple syrup. However, they really are taken to the next level with the Blackberry Rum Sauce! The flavors of blackberry and sweet corn play off each other so well, it truly is the perfect pairing. And if you are worried about alcohol in the morning (I’m not, Mimosas are my jam…but some of you might be worried about liqour before 10am) the actual alcohol will cook off, leaving the warm rum flavor!

And before you guys ask, I really do suggest you use the ingredients listed below. A few of them aren’t something you always have on hand, but it does really make a difference in this recipe and it is worth it! But just in case you don’t believe me…

Yes, you can use a different fruit — however, blackberry is the best for this recipe. And since you can use frozen or fresh, there is no excuse not to try the blackberry! And yes, you can use clear rum instead of dark rum (or leave the rum out all together), however the dark rum adds a better flavor.

But no, I’m sorry you can not substitute the buttermilk in this recipe! No quick tricks or swaps with milk…it really needs true buttermilk. I know it’s a pain, but it’s so worth it…and if you need to use up leftover buttermilk I have a few ideas of how: Cinnamon Sweet Potato BiscuitsSouthern Buttermilk BiscuitsSweet Potato Buttermilk Pie

Sweet Hoecakes with Blackberry Rum Sauce from thenovicechefblog.com

Now get to cooking, you are going to love these!



Sweet Hoecakes with Blackberry Rum Sauce

Yield: 8 large hoecakes


  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk


  • 2 cups blackberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum


sweet hoecakes:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

In a medium bowl whisk together cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl whisk together eggs and sugar. Quickly whisk in butter, vanilla extract and buttermilk.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and and stir until just mixed.

Heat a non-stick skillet to medium heat. Using a 1/4 cup scoop, pour batter on to skillet.

Once you start to see little bubbles form, flip and continue to cook until hoecake is browned on each side.

Place hoecake on an oven safe dish and place in oven to keep warm. Continue until you have used all hoecake batter.


blackberry rum sauce:

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.

Bring to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid reduces and a sauce is left. Remove from heat immediately and serve on top of hoecakes!

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37 Responses to “Sweet Hoecakes with Blackberry Rum Sauce”

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — February 25, 2013 @ 11:03 pm

    I seriously want to make everything you post. These look incredible! I made a blackberry cornbread last summer and am kind of in love with the cornmeal/berry flavor combo!

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    Kristina — February 25, 2013 @ 11:41 pm

    look at you, giving us the means to use the rest of our buttermilk! maybe just more hoecakes!?! :)

    these sound amazing, and I love the sound of the blackberry rum sauce as well.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 25, 2013 @ 11:58 pm

    Is it even P.C. to say the word ‘hoecakes’ out loud? Lol I have never even called them that…Lol I just call them pancakes but clearly there’s a difference between HC’s and pancakes for you to differentiate them. And them being the best ever? Okay that’s worth making them just for that!

    And buttermilk can do no wrong. I have some on hand and plenty of recipes as well to use up any leftovers :)

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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — February 26, 2013 @ 2:06 am

    I could seriously eat that entire stack and lick the plate clean! Yum!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — February 26, 2013 @ 3:27 am

    The blackberry rum sauce is definitely enticing!

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    Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas — February 26, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    So making these this week. I don’t think I’ve ever had a hoecake before, which must be remedied because I love all things CORN!

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    Alex — February 26, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    The pictures are totally making my mouth water. :)

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    Cookbook Queen — February 26, 2013 @ 7:48 am

    Is it strange that I want to wash my face in that sauce?

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    Hope @ Hanna Bananas Boutique — February 26, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    I am so making these this weekend!!! I love cooking pancakes on Sunday mornings, I think we are going to switch things up a bit!!! Great Pics-makes me so hungry!!

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — February 26, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    Even though I just had my breakfast, I’m now hungry again. Thanks a lot. :)

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 26, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    I’ve never heard ‘hoecake’ before. But seriously that stack of breakfast goodies is nearly making me drool 😉

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    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — February 26, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    That’s what my grandmother calls them. 😀 These look delicious!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — February 26, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    I’m gonna be honest. I’m pretty much in love with the word hoecakes.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 26, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    Aww yeah. This looks so tasty!!

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    Brittni — February 26, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    My husband just voted on having breakfast for dinner on Friday, and an hour later, I found this recipe. Done, and Dpne. :)

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — February 26, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    That is ONE sexy stack of pancakes. Or hoecakes. haha.

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    Janani — February 26, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    wow they look soooooooooooooooo tempting.I am loving it and cant resist it.awesome pic.

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    Abby — February 26, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    One question about the buttermilk — Sometimes I keep powdered buttermilk in my fridge to whip up pancakes on short notice. Have you tried that out?

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — February 26, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

    These sound and look amazing! There are few things I wouldn’t do for a breakfast like that on a Saturday or Sunday. Yum!

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    Joanne — February 26, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

    I love all pancakes that have cornmeal in them so I know these would be an easy favorite around here as well! And that sauce…I could drink it.

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — February 26, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    OMG…these look amazing!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 26, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    So I have never had nor have I heard of a hoecake! These look so good though! Love that blackberry rum sauce!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — February 27, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    DO you know I’ve never had a hoecake? Is that bad?
    Yours look to die, so I think we’re gonna be having breakfast for dinner tonight!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — February 27, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    I wish I were eating a big stack of these right now!

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    Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian — February 27, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    Jessica, you have my mouth watering and my stomach growling. I just ate breakfast like 30 minutes ago. I have never been a blackberry fan, but I am even loving that sauce. I am sure it has nothing to do with the thought of that delicious dark rum in my breakfast! Oh, was there a hoecake in there too?? hahaha It all looks fabulous.

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    ErinsFoodFiles — February 28, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

    Instead of the sugar can I substitute Stevia? Instead of the flour can I use whole wheat flour? Blackberries get seeds stuck in my teeth, can I use another fruit? I only have white cornmeal, is that ok?


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    Bryn — March 4, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    What type of cornmeal do you use? Coarse or finely ground? I have both for some reason. These look amazing!

    • Jessica replied: — March 12th, 2013 @ 11:36 pm

      I use the finely ground cornmeal! :-)

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — March 4, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

    I have never heard the term “hoecake” before! hah I love it! Ive been wanting to try cornmeal pancakes…since you’ve proclaimed them the best you ever made, I will definitely have to give these a try!

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    turtle66 — April 27, 2013 @ 1:39 am

    I have to try these out this weekend! Thanks for the killer recipe. (the name Hoecakes brings a chuckle) :)

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    Mallori — June 6, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    I tried this last night after seeing you mention them in your lemon ricotta pancake post. They were delish! I have been searching for the perfect pancake recipe and this hoecake is it! Thanks for sharing, this was my first recipe from your site but it certainly shall not be the last, thanks again.

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    These were delish making them again for company this week!

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