Hoe Cake


Hoe cake is a Southern bread that is cooked in an iron skillet, like cornbread. This hoe cake recipe stems back to my great-great grandmother. My father has made this recipe for years, and it is always requested by his grandchildren. A slice of hoe cake will warm your insides — slathered with some homemade apple butter alongside of some butter beans, freshly sliced tomatoes, and a good tall glass of sweet tea. I promise your family will love this truly Southern recipe!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 ½ tablespoons shortening

  • 2 cups self-rising flour

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 pinches garlic salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a well-seasoned cast iron skillet with the shortening, and place it in the oven as it heats.

  2. Whisk together flour and milk in a bowl, making a thick but still runny batter.

  3. Remove the hot greased skillet from the preheated oven, and quickly sprinkle a pinch of garlic salt over the bottom of the skillet. Immediately pour in the batter, and sprinkle the top with a pinch of garlic salt.

  4. Return the skillet to the preheated oven and bake until cake is risen and the top is golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note

You can substitute bacon grease or canola oil for the shortening.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

147 Calories
3g Fat
25g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 147
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 492mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 141mg 11%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 85mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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