Pastel de Elote Cake topped with cream and fresh berries on a white cake stand on a wooden table

Pastel de Elote (Sweet Mexican Corn Cake)

‘Pastel de Elote’ is also known as Sweet Mexican Corn Cake. This traditional dessert is moist and dense, with a bread pudding like texture, and is wonderful topped with fresh strawberries, powdered sugar, whipped cream, and even vanilla ice scream.

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Pastel de Elote Cake topped with cream and fresh berries on a white cake stand on a wooden table
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Pastel de Elote (Sweet Mexican Corn Cake)

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 10
Calories: 216kcal
Author: Kim Maes


  • ½ cup (100 g) brown sugar
  • ½ cup (100 g) white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons (60 g) butter, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 mL) pure vanilla extract
  • tablespoons (22.5 mL) corn oil
  • ¾ cup (90 g) plus 1 tablespoon (8 g) gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (4 g) baking powder
  • teaspoon (1 g) kosher or fine sea salt
  • ½ cup (120 mL) half-and-half
  • 1 cup (150 g) frozen corn kernels (thawed)
  • Zest of 1 orange


  • Thoroughly butter and flour a Bundt cake pan or 9-inch cast iron skillet. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Cream together the sugars and butter using an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each to incorporate. Add vanilla and corn oil and mix until just blended.
  • Turn mixer to lowest speed and carefully and slowly add gluten-free flour, baking powder, and salt. Once dry ingredients are mixed in, add half-and-half and mix for another 30 seconds.
  • Fold in corn and orange zest by hand and pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until just firm to the touch. Allow cake to cool for about 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
  • Serve with fresh berries, whipped cream, powdered sugar, or ice cream.


Nutrition Facts
Pastel de Elote (Sweet Mexican Corn Cake)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 216 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 170mg7%
Potassium 72mg2%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 261IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Pastel de Elote Cake topped with fresh cream and berries on a white cake platter on a wooden table with colorful background decorations

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