Sweet Corn Cakes with Maple-Glazed Bacon and Caramelized Jonagold Apples

Sweet Corn Cakes with Maple-Glazed Bacon and Caramelized Jonagold Apples Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
3/4 cup fresh sweet corn
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk

6 slices thick bacon
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar (light or dark)
2 tablespoons heavy cream or whole milk, plus an additional 1 tablespoon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground clove
2 Jonagold apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced

Vanilla ice cream, for serving

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter six large muffin cups.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in cornmeal and corn until combined.
In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together 1/4 cup butter and sugar until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in eggs until combined. Beat in sour cream and milk until combined, about 1 minute. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture until just combined. Divide batter into muffin cups; bake at 375 degrees F for 22-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before running a knife around cakes and transferring to wire racks.

To make the maple-glazed bacon, place bacon on a large sheet pan and brush both sides evenly with maple syrup. Place the bottom of a large sheet pan on top, and bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes. Remove sheet pan and bake an additional 3-4 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown. Drain well on paper towels; chop very coarsely.

To make the caramelized Jonagold apples, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, and bring to a boil; boil 1 minute, or until sugar is dissolved. Stir in apples and cook for 13-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender. Stir in the additional 1 tablespoon milk, to loosen the caramel and make it creamier.

To serve, place a scoop of ice cream on top of cake, drizzle with apples and sprinkle with bacon.

Makes 6 large servings


  1. OMG! I so want to eat all that up Emiline! This is a genius pairing of ingredients. The apple pics are beautiful!

  2. YUM! I'm a little confused as to why I want some of that right this very minute. I don't think I'd even just eat the bacon off the top first before digging into the rest. I DOES somehow sound like a terrific combination! Mmmmm.

  3. Bravo for you Emiline! Love the combo! It's really daring but I would surely ask for it if I see it in a Restaurant's menu :D

    Love all the pictures: the apples, the dessert tower... so beautiful!

    Give me your address and I'll send you a taste of our iberian acorn ham... you will die right after ;D

  4. Wow, where do I start? Your pictures are stunning, especially the apples. The corn cakes, although unusual, sound so intriguing. I just know this is going to haunt me until the wee hours of the morning :(

    I could never be vegetarian for the same reason.

  5. And why not I ask? It reminds me of Joey on that Friend's epysode: Corn? Good. Ice-cream? Good. Apples? Good. Bacon? Good. What's not to like, really? I allways say that if God intented us to be vegeteranians, bacon would not have been invented, right?

  6. What a great idea!! You are so creative and it looks fantastic.

  7. holy crap that looks good. i was just thinking about bacon in dessert the other day. this one pretty much takes the cake :) (or muffin). man those pictures make me drool!!

    hey have you seen that avocado chocolate mousse over at family style food? i'm so intrigued by it. have you ever used avocado in desserts?

  8. wowza....nice step-by-step photos...and with that quote ye shall be dubbed the 'kulfi queen, the supreme highness of goodness'

  9. Emiline, I don't eat meat, but can't resist bacon. Love prosciutto as well and had a wonderful jamón while in Europe. Delicious stuff!
    Mortadella is HUGE here in Sao Paulo - people love the stuff.

    Your dish looks delicious!

  10. How about everytime I come here, you have yet another sweet looking background? I wish I had your creative art-dom :)

    This sweet/salty thing is awesome, Em. You're right about everyone loving bacon, and just about everyone loves apples too. This is a unique, but totally killer dessert.

  11. Wow. This looks awesomely awesome. I love candied bacon.

  12. You are just blowing me away! So delicious!!! The presentation is gorgeous!! :)

  13. "Yummy, yummy, yummy...I got love in my tummy..."

    I thought I was the only person in the world that liked to brush bacon?

    100 times each strip...it prevents tangles.

    sometimes I even treat my bacon to a natural loofah scrub...and a maple oil rub down for some added porkish pampering....

    anyway, did I mention this dessert looks delightful?

  14. Great way to cut the corn off the cob! Your photos are most excellent!

  15. Oh my. My kids would be on that like a dog on turkey jerky.

    Lovely photos!

  16. yummy!! jonagolds are my 3rd favorite apple. i can't stand red or golden delicious either. their flavor definitely is blah.

    i used to love bacon, too before i stopped eating meat. i get my bacon fix from tempeh (fakin bacon). it doesn't taste like real bacon (nothing really does) but it is damn good.

  17. I LOVE bacon too and this looks delicious! Just goes to show (once again) that everything is better with bacon!

  18. oh my gosh. i used to be a strict vegetarian, but i'm slowly moving over to the dark side too. this looks amazing!

  19. These look divine. This is a wonderful combination. It works as a dessert, but it also could work as a decadent brunch food.

    I have yet to make bacon candy (called Pig Candy by the Sweet Potato Queens cookbook). One of these days I will, but the problem is that I'm in the only person in the house that eat bacon and I would eat every single slice myself.

    Oh, and I'm so with you on the cured meat thing. I love a good cured meat.

  20. I don't think it's strange I think it looks great!! You're making me sooo darn hungry!!

  21. I'm so impressed how you come up with these great ideas! Not gonna lie...bacon in a dessert creeps me out a bit...but yet it sounds so good at the same time. :)

  22. I must say that is a very odd combination, but as I watch your blog and food network more and more, this doesn't surprise me. Sometimes the weirdest combinations are the best tasting and rate the highest and win the biggest cash award! I think that is awesome! Your pictures are brillant too! I made some pumpkin bread yesterday and put them in the muffin pan and they turned out great. I tried to make sauce with them, but it didn't turn out great, the recipe asked for 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla along with sugar and pumpkin but all you could taste was the vanilla. I love vanilla but in moderation!

  23. Wow. That sounds and looks #*&%ing awesome. You, little lady, are a genius.

  24. I definitely share you love of bacon, so this dish is calling my name! I love all your components...simply fabulous!

  25. An entire soup pot of fresh caught king crab legs given to us by our neighbor, a fisherman, is what pushed me back into eating meat after 8 years. And Morningstar Corn Dogs were awesome!

    And I'm not eating your bacon concoction, though props to you for trying.

  26. Okay you are seriously brilliant! This recipe supports my husbands belief that bacon is also dessert!

    I love the bundt pan idea! I will do that in the future!

  27. Am I just the first commenter or is everyone just speechless? I think your images are going to stay with me for a while. This is quite a stroke of genius.
    I could see this on a brunch menu.

  28. You're brilliant. Utterly brilliant. I love it.

    And I hate red delicious apples too! :)

  29. Thank yoouuuu.

    Heather, I've seen the mousse, and I want it!

    Bakin, I do enjoy brushing bacon.

    Rachel, you have to make bacon! Maybe your husband would eat it...

    Lisa G, I LOVE vanilla.

    Ammmyyy. Come on. Try it.

  30. Oh, dear heart: I love corn. I love you made your cakes with real corn. That's the way it should be done.

    I was hoping that was butter on top. I don't know why. I just really wanted that to be melting butter...with bacon on top. I think I'm hungry.

  31. Om my, Em. Between that kulfi and this, your desserts are becoming amazingly top notch. You need to get yourself into a pastry chef position (easier said than done, I knwo). These are really really awesome desserts.
    Any restaurant would be lucky to have you.

    Standing ovation!

  32. This looks crazy good! I adore bacon with sweets and this may just take that to an obsession.

  33. what an interesting concotion. I'm amazed by your originality :) Your photos are great

  34. My first thought was the same as yours....wasn't quite sure!

    But, seeing the pictures is believing, and how can you go wrong with corn cakes and bacon, anyway!!?

    Love the idea of the Bundt Pan for cutting corn. My Mom makes fried corn all the time, and I'll have to tell her your hint!


    Cindy H

  35. fabulous! there's nothing i like more w/ sweet things than salty/savory things. bacon is the best...

    thank god you came back from the dark side!

  36. CARAMELIZED JONAGOLD APPLES?!?!?!??! Be still, my beating heart.

  37. You are sooo naughty. Just found your blog and think I may be hooked! Where's the bacon?

  38. Good God!!! You're another Einstein!

  39. This is a beautiful post emily! I tried posting last night with no luck! I love all the pictures, it all looks so good!

  40. So yum! So fun! I better not show this to my hubby, his bacon addiction will have him licking the screen! :P

  41. Love this - love this - love this. I know you can't see me- but I'm doing the love this dance - lol!


  42. to tell you the truth, i'm not sure which is more outstanding--the recipe or the quote. :)

  43. Holy crap, those are like all of my favorite things put together. YUM!

  44. OMG drool - drool - drool... I could so eat this Emiline! Your photos are just stunning!!

    Rosie x

  45. Let me take a guess here. This site is not sponsored by the heart foundation, right? Goodie gumdrops, that is one seriously delicious combo!

  46. I could never have thought to pair bacon in a sweet dish and yet it makes sense. Great idea.

  47. yum yum yum yum
    that's all I have to say
    yum yum yum yum

  48. seriously. how cool are you. when are you opening a restaurant. i'd line up. and write a fabulous review on my blog just for you.

  49. Look at you! :)
    WOW! This is truly amazing!
    Have a great weekend.

  50. Wow- this is so creative! Nice work, I love the combination of flavors here. Also, thanks for the trick on removing the corn from the cob.
    (and, I agree with you about red and golden delicious apples- they really don't have much flavor!)
    Great blog!

  51. Where do you come up with this.I want some.

  52. That looks awesome! I love the thought that went into making this, nice job.

  53. Yum! The photo of the caramelized apples had me in raptures.

  54. You are welcome to move in with me anytime.

    The only condition is that i want THAT for breakfast. :-P

  55. Hey, you have your own place now, I like very very much.

    This post is sinfully good.