Pastel De Elote – Sweet Mexican Corn Cake

Considered “staple cakes” in Mexican homes, these semi-sweet corn cakes have many different variations in texture and colour, and are a tribute to the sheer diversity of native corn in the Oaxaca region.

Pastel De Elote - Sweet Mexican Corn Cake

Don’t get this corn cake mixed up with the more common American cornbread – Mexico's pastel de elote is loaded with fresh corn and sweetened with condensed milk. The resulting cake possesses a dense, moist texture not dissimilar to bread pudding. The juicier the corn kernels, the more custard-like your cake will be – sometimes even forming a silky layer on the bottom.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Cakes
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 401kcal
Author: The Cook


  • 5 eggs
  • 500 g fresh corn kernels, (between 5 - 8 medium cobs of corn)
  • 395 g can condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or ground cinnamon, if preferred
  • 130 g plain flour (all-purpose flour)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter, for greasing


  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Beat eggs in a bowl until fluffy.
  • Cover the cobs with water in a large saucepan and bring to boil. Cook for approximately 20 minutes until tender, then remove the kernels by slicing them off with a knife.
  • In a blender, combine the corn kernels, condensed milk and vanilla extract. Puree until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder and sift into the eggs. Mix well, but don’t over-beat.
  • Fold the corn puree into the mixture.
  • Grease a 9 cm x 21.5 cm loaf tin with butter and pour in the mixture.
  • Bake in the oven for around 45 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  • Serve either cooled or warm with dollops of butter.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 69.45g | Protein: 11.95g | Fat: 9.18g | Saturated Fat: 3.939g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0.055g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 21.98g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg
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