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Moist Sweet Cornbread Recipe

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Soft crumb, moist sweet honey-like flavor – this Moist Sweet Cornbread Recipe is a huge hit anywhere it’s served.

Not dry and crumbly like typical savory cornbread. This recipe is extremely popular and requested often.

Plus, if you don’t normally like savory cornbread… this sweet cornbread will more than likely change your mind! 

Moist Sweet Cornbread

Why We Love This Sweet Cornbread

  • This cornbread is sweet and not as crumbly as its traditional counterpart. Savory is fine if you like it that way, but we prefer it this way.
  • It calls for fairly easy ingredients (listed below).
  • While it may seem complicated it definitely is not. It’s a super easy recipe that lands you a perfect sweet cornbread every time!
  • It goes with all kinds of meals, and is good any time of year.

Our Raving Reviews

The best moist sweet cornbread recipe out there, just read the reviews. (down below in the comments)

I promise this will be the best cornbread recipe you’ve ever tried if you aren’t a huge fan of regular crumbly cornbread.

“I have made this for family gatherings on MANY occasions now, and it always goes so quickly. It’s the best cornbread I’ve ever had, and my relatives say the same. I am so glad to have found this recipe. It will definitely be one I use for the rest of my life!”


This is the best. My second time making it and it does not last long. Thank you!


This cornbread was DELICIOUS! My whole family loved it. Very generous recipe, and very easy to make too. Exactly what I was looking for tonight. Thank you! As a matter of fact, I enjoyed this so much I felt the need to pimp it out over on my cooking blog, along with my made-up dinner recipe from tonight.

Kristin Dorson

I have been searching and tweaking cornbread recipes trying to get something even close to a cornbread I had at Randy’s BBQ. It was sweeter, moister and more-cake like than the typical dry, crumbly cornbread I grew up with. I didn’t even have to tweak your recipe as it was fabulous as is! It’s so wonderfully moist and rich that it doesn’t even need butter! Definitely a keeper!


There is nothing better than a Sweet Cornbread.

There are tons more reviews below!

This moist sweet cornbread recipe continues to be one of the most popular on the blog and it’s obvious very why.

Everyone seems to want a sweet cornbread that stays moist and one that keeps for an extra day or two as well. Here you have it.

What goes well with Moist Sweet Cornbread?

This moist sweet cornbread recipe is so versatile. Because it is a moist, cake like recipe it pairs perfectly with savory soups, stews and chili’s.

It also pairs beautifully with beef, poultry and seafood making it a great side dish recipe anytime you want something a little sweeter. Scroll down for a few pairing ideas! 

Honestly it’s incredible for breakfast with some yogurt or fresh fruit and a cup of coffee too!

Moist Sweet Cornbread

Ingredients, Substitutions and Additions

cornmeal – I am often asked, white or yellow. We usually use white but have used yellow just fine. I think it’s maybe just what you have around you. White is more common where I live but I’ve lived all over and yellow was more common.

I’ve also been asked about self rising cornmeal. I have not tested this recipe with it, but some readers have with good results. See the comments for their tips.

all purpose flour – This recipe has only been tested with all purpose flour. But many readers have substituted whole wheat flour with good results.

granulated sugar – don’t skimp on this too much – it’s part of why this recipe is sweeter and better than most.

baking powder – this helps with getting the cake like rise and while it could be eliminated we tried that, and didn’t like the final results as much.

salt – this can be eliminated if you are using salted butter.

vegetable oil – we have used vegetable oil and canola oil in this recipe and both are perfect. We have not tested this with any other oil, so try at your own risk.

butter – we usually use unsalted butter, but when we use salted butter we eliminate the above salt.

honey – So I have never made this cornbread without the addition of the honey, so I have no idea what the texture or change to the recipe is like, but I know a few readers have said they left it out and it was fine. I suspect that it makes a difference with the moisture level if anything, we love the flavor it gives, so we keep it in.

eggs – we always use “large eggs” when creating recipes, so that is what this recipe was tested with.

whole milk – so, we’ve made a couple of variations of this – we use buttermilk on occasion and it definitely gives it a richer, heavier feel and it’s absolutely delicious.

We tried it with half and half and lower fat milks, and while it’s still fantastic, it’s not the same as whole milk or buttermilk.

Additions to Add to this Moist Sweet Cornbread

While we make this moist cornbread as is, many readers have tried it with many different ingredients. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Chopped Jalapenos – for us, it’s sweet so we don’t really want it also spicy, but many readers love it this way.
  • Shredded Cheese – it sounds like mild cheddar is the winner here
  • Can of Corn – Many readers like adding a drained can of corn, we have heard that creamed corn is best but there would need to probably be a reduction in liquid elsewhere.
  • Chocolate Chips – one daring reader attempted to add chocolate chips and she loved it. We decided to try it and it was pretty darn good!
  • Blueberries or other fresh chopped fruit – so at first I was skeptical, but it makes it like a breakfast cake and it’s delicious.
  • Spices and/or herbs – Rosemary is amazing, but we also love to add cinnamon and/or nutmeg in the later months of the year.
  • Please leave any additional suggestions in the comments, we love to hear how you made it your own!
Moist Sweet Cornbread

The Real Story of Creating this Moist Sweet Cornbread

It took countless tries, and many failures before I was able to create this Moist Sweet Cornbread.

So many people say it is all over the internet and was there before I posted it.

Well, considering I shared the original form of this recipe on an adoption reunion board circa 1995.

It was a group of about 100 women, and then again I shared this version on an old website of mine from the late 90’s… that got tons of traffic. I’m willing to bet any versions of this exact recipe or similar variation, is probably my recipe that is circulating around.

That’s okay though, share the love. I want everyone to enjoy it. I don’t care who claims it’s theirs, but please just don’t tell me it’s not mine.

I’ve had readers tell me they entered it into local competitions and won with it, so it’s also an award winning moist sweet cornbread.

Moist Sweet Cornbread

How do I store leftover Sweet Cornbread?

Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container or even a large ziplock bag. We don’t have ours last too long, but it seems to last about 3-5 days depending on storage method.

Freezing leftover moist sweet cornbread

We have frozen leftovers to enjoy on another date, just wrap in tinfoil and place in the oven to warm.

Or you can microwave it for about 30 seconds and check it, add 30 seconds until the temperature you prefer it.

What to do with leftover cornbread?

Our family loves to eat the leftovers in the morning for breakfast served with melted butter and honey. Delicious!

Moist Sweet Cornbread pairs with any meal, so enjoy it with dinner again the next night.

You can use it in any recipe that calls for cornbread like chili casseroles and such.

You can dry it out in the oven and make cornbread bread crumbs or croutons for salad.

Seriously, it’s moist sweet cornbread that just reminds you of home and a little slice of cake.

Because who doesn’t love cake? It’s not cake. It just kind of reminds you of it.

Moist Sweet Cornbread

It is absolutely fantastic with Chili. The perfect anytime addition to any meal, and the kids absolutely love it.

We bring this cornbread recipe for events, picnics and other activities often and we always get rave reviews and the kids that try it always tell us they didn’t like cornbread before.

An entire pan was devoured in only 10 minutes very recently, so I’m pretty confident it’s a winning recipe.

Full Meal Idea for Moist Sweet Cornbread

Serve it with this delicious Perfect Chili Recipe. Another great recipe you should check out is this Old School From Scratch Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese Recipe and for dessert, just whip up a batch of these really easy Gooey Lemon Bars.

Moist Sweet Cornbread Recipe

If you love cornbread as much as we do, we have a Sweet Skillet Cornbread and Honey Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins too.

moist sweet cornbread

Moist Sweet Cornbread

Nicole Cook
This award winning sweet cornbread recipe is full of moist sweet flavor. It really is the perfect cornbread!
4.68 from 468 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cup vegetable oil
  • cup butter melted
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 2 ½ cups whole milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Pour in the vegetable oil, melted butter, honey, beaten eggs, and milk, and stir just until moistened.
  • Pour the batter into the greased baking dish and bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Watch the cornbread towards the end, you want it to be turning golden and starting to show some cracks.
  • Remove from oven, serve warm with butter or honey or simply plain. It’s amazing!
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Thursday 29th of September 2022



Thursday 28th of April 2022

I’ve been making your cornbread since 2014! It’s such a perfect recipe! *Got a request for a gluten-free version, kept everything the same except the flour...used cassava, oat, and quinoa blend and used whole coconut milk in place of whole milk! Baked beautifully! A winning recipe again, thank you!


Monday 21st of March 2022

Made this for my husband who was craving cornbread from his childhood and he said this was better than his childhood! Thank you 😊

I added a can of sweet corn to the mix and made honey butter on the side for him to put on his bread.

Nicole Cook

Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

Comments like these make my heart smile. I'm happy you made this for your husband and that he loved it. You won a lot of brownie points I'm sure. ;) The added can of sweet corn and honey butter sound delicious!


Friday 17th of December 2021

This is the best cornbread recipe ever. It’s so unbelievably moist! Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe.


Thursday 16th of December 2021

Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipe. It is the best corn bread I’ve ever baked. They are so moist , not crumbly and dry. I did reduce the sugar to only 1/4 cup from 1 cup, and it was sweet enough for my family.

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