Iowa Sweet Corn- Sheet Cake

Iowa Corn Cake with Salted Brown Sugar glaze

Last month I traveled to Davenport, Iowa along-side nine other food blogger to attend Iowa Corn Quest.   Iowa Corn Quest was an educational tour of the corn growing process, sponsored by Iowa Corn.  You  can learn more about my time at Iowa Corn Quest.

While at Iowa Corn Quest, I learned a lot of valuable information about Iowa’s farmers and what they do with the corn that they grow.  I came home, really having a taste for more corn.

While on Iowa Corn Quest,  we were served a large abundance of yummy corn dishes, including sweet corn dishes like sweet corn ice cream and corn creme brulee.   When I came home, I knew that I wanted to try another corn recipe.  A sweet corn sheet cake.

Iowa Corn Cake

This sweet corn sheet cake turned out super moist.  I used Greek yogurt to  make it moist.  Corn meal can taste grainy.  I personally love the texture of it.  If you want your cake to be fluffier, then use a little less corn meal and more flour.  You could also replace the corn meal with Masa, which is a more processed cornmeal.

Corn Sheet Cake

Iowa Sweet Corn Sheet Cake 


1 and 1/4 cups of Cornmeal

1 cup of flour

5 eggs

1 cup of greek yogurt

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of canola oil

1 tsp sea salt

2 tsp of baking powder

1 1/2 cups of frozen sweet corn- thawed

Method:  In a large bowl or mixer, mix together eggs, sugars, vanilla, Greek yogurt and canola oil.   Add cornmeal, flour, salt and baking powder.  Add sweet corn last.  Once the batter is mixed up, place in a 9 x 13 pan and bake at 400 degrees f for 30 minutes.   remove from oven and let cool.

For the salted brown sugar glaze 

3 tablespoons of unsalted butter

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons of 1/2 and 1/2

1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

1/2 teaspoon corn starch

Method: In a saucepan, mix butter, brown sugar, 1/2 and 1/2, vanilla extract and sea salt.  Once the mixture is heated, add corn starch to thicken it and stir.

Drizzle the salted brown sugar glaze over the sheet cake and spread.

Iowa Corn Sheet Cake 01

This cake was sooo good.  I can’t wait to make it again!

This post has been sponsored by Iowa Corn.  All opinions are my own.  To learn more about Iowa Corn, visit their website. 

Iowa Corn Sheet Cake w salted brown sugar glaze



  1. This sounds really wonderful, Kristen! And perfect timing for Thanksgiving!

  2. Ice Cream? I had no idea corn could be made into so many yummy and delicious dishes this sheet cake being one of them. It looks amazing!

  3. This is a great thing to bring to a Thanksgiving dinner, I ‘ll have to try to make this.

  4. Hmmmmm…..this cake looks so moist and yum and I certainly love your salted brown sugar glaze!

  5. This looks soo delicious! I’ve never heard of this but I will definitely have to try it now!
    xo Adriana – Daily Dose of Design

  6. This really appeals to me. Where I’m from we make something called “wet cornbread” which is very sweet and delicious so the idea isn’t strange at all 🙂

  7. Yummy! I’m so sure that this one was fantastic! This would be perfect this coming Christmas after dinner.

  8. I truly love this. So looking delicious and yummy!

  9. I made something similar last year but without the glaze. I’m going to try it again this year with this glaze!

  10. Oh yum! This sounds like such a comforting dessert. I think it’s the brown sugar. These look so good!

  11. I went to college in the Quad Cities and was introduced to Iowa Sweet Corn Sheet Cake. It took a little getting used to, but now it is one of my guilty pleasures.

  12. I think this would be a perfect dessert to bring to a Thanksgiving get together to go along with all the pies!

  13. I never had a cake made of sweet corn, but I imagine it would taste similar to corn bread. It looks lovely! Perfect for tea in the afternoon.


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