Cornmeal Buttermilk Cake

in Cakes, Desserts

We’re all watching the HBO show, Girls, right? If you’re not then you must do this. Like, now!

A lot of my kewl friends like to dislike the show; but last night I finally caught up on the last few episodes and OMG!! I honestly don’t think there’s ever been a show that can simultaneously make me feel ridiculously uncomfortable, laugh so much and be on the verge of tears in a mere thirty minutes. That takes a crazy amount of talent/skill/insanity, AMIRITE?!

A few weeks ago when I was going through a super girly moment, I made this ridiculously girly cake. Yeah sure, I might’ve even painted my nails as I was waiting for this thing to bake up. SO WHAT! WHO CARES!

If we get into the nitty-gritty, this cake isn’t THAT girly. There’s a good amount of cornmeal mixed in, giving this cake a bit of texture, a little heft, if you will, all while still succeeding at being light and…moist hydrated. (Side note: Shout-out to Becky for coming up with the best word replacement for the word we all hate so so much: “moist.”)

This rich chocolate buttermilk frosting was the perfect match for the yellow cornmeal cake. It’s a winner. And since I was feeling angsty, I figured I’d put these heart sprinkles that were in the back of my pantry to good use.

For the rest of the step-by-step photos, with instructions, along with the recipe, jump over to PW’s Tasty Kitchen. Dooo it. And then watch Girls so we can talk about it!

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Janine Melnitz June 12, 2012 at 1:46 am

Well, no; we’re not all in the USA. πŸ˜‰


Megan June 12, 2012 at 1:49 am

I love Girls! Okay, I’ve only seen the first two episodes, but I watched the pilot twice, because I loved it so much I had to show a friend. I live in the UK, so we’re not getting it on television yet over here and I have to go through weird ways to watch it online. Soon, I will catch up though. I really do think she’s the voice of our generation! (Even though she’s a few years younger than me. I think we’re still the same generation.) I’m also a writer/comedy/performer type and that show is so ME a few years ago, and all my friends keep telling me it reminds them of me. (Not the character, just the style of writing, I guess.) I have some colleagues who are jealous, but I’m like, right on sister — your success just opens the door and proves there’s an audience for women like us. I don’t get why that haters are hating on it. Do they just not get it? (Favourite line so far: “What if I want to feel like I have udders?” I actually laugh out loud on my own multiple times at this show — it’s so funny!) I really want it to succeed. Here’s my only gripe with the show though, and I don’t know what you think. The title. I think calling it “Girls” makes it seem like it’s only for girls, and actually I think boys will find it just as funny and relate to it, too. They should also watch it because it shows women doing and saying real things. I had guys reacting to a few things I wrote saying “Do girls really do and say that stuff?” and it’s like YES, and we need more characters out there showing all sides of women. Okay, I could go on forever about this stuff, I think I’ll leave it there for now! (PS I love the hearts on the cake.)


Adrianna June 12, 2012 at 11:15 am

AGREE WITH EVERYTHING. And I actually know a lot of boys that watch the show and love it, too. XO


Margherita June 12, 2012 at 1:59 am

Girls is awesome, I’m so hooked up on it. Sunday night we watched it with cookies and ice-cream but this cornmeal buttermilk cake looks a pretty great alternative.
Plus who doesn’t love a cake with little hearts on it? (besides my boyfriend, of course…)


Blog is the New Black June 12, 2012 at 2:33 am

OMG! Girls is hilarious. I feel the same way- sooooo awk but so funny!


Hannah @ All-Purpose and Semi-Sweet June 12, 2012 at 4:02 am

Heart sprinkles just make me happy.


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 12, 2012 at 4:23 am

This cake looks so fabulous! Yum!


Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau June 12, 2012 at 5:59 am

Cornmeal and frosting – I think I just died. What an amazing combo of textures!


Adina June 12, 2012 at 6:24 am

THANK YOU. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. Finally, a human being who appreciates Girls as much as I do! This is dangerous territory for you to be treading on, though, because now in all my comments I’m just going to harass you with comments about the latest episode (for example, OMG Hannah is totally going to have an affair with her ex-professor, right?!) My only complaint: WHERE. IS. SHOSHANA. God, I love that girl.

And this cake looks fab. Gotta try that frosting. It’d be a great Girls watching snack … with a little alcohol on the side, please.


Adrianna June 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

Totally don’t think Hannah is gonna do it. Her dude is so adorable. I love him. And Shoshana is muh girl.


sarah k @ the pajama chef June 12, 2012 at 6:42 am

beautiful cake!!


Christin June 12, 2012 at 7:44 am

I hate to say it but I don’t love girls at all but I do love cake.


Cat Davis - Food Family Finds June 12, 2012 at 8:00 am

I’ve not seen that show but then again, I don’t have time to keep up with my regular series recordings. πŸ˜›

That cake looks awesome!


teresa June 12, 2012 at 8:36 am

How totally un~cool am I?
I’ve never watched Girls!
I will now!
LOVE this cake!
Love cornmeal~and buttermilk!


Villy @ For the love of Feeding June 12, 2012 at 8:43 am

Ohh, I have never watched it!! Now I want to, and I want also this cake to go with it!!


Reformed Foodie June 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

Thank you for finding an alternate word for, ehem, the m-word. Sometimes you just can’t get around it (on a food blog) – I’m totally guilty – but now, I will say HYDRATED! Excellent.

Oh, and I love Girls too – I’m totally over these nouveau pretentious chicks hating on the show – whatever, it’s pretty awesome-sauce.


Katie @ Blonde Ambition June 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

I hate and love Girls all at the same time. Half the time I’m cringing and thinking, “OMG what the what?! Who does/says things like that?!”, but the other half the time, I’m like, “OMG, they are me.”

Also, Shoshanna on crack. That is all.


Rachael June 12, 2012 at 11:16 am

We’re having a barbecue on Sunday and I was trying to decide what dessert to make (besides a strawberry rhubarb pie, duh) and then saw this post. Cornmeal buttermilk cake with chocolate buttercream frosting it is!


Angie @ Big Bear's Wife June 12, 2012 at 11:44 am

I have never seen that show. We just recently started getting HBO so I’ll have to check it out! Love the cake with the addition of the cornmeal! I made my first successful 2 layer cake over the weekend and I’m hooked!


Foodloveandhappiness June 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm

What a cutie!


NicoleD June 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I just know I’d love Girls, but we don’t have cable! When are they going to offer HBO GO as a subscription service?!?! It’s just me watching Felicity and Dawson’s Creek on Netflix, again :) This cake looks so good! Excellent idea to use those candy heart sprinkles from the cupboard.


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction June 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm

That frosting. . .wow!!


walkthewalk June 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

i like this cake :)



Evi June 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Such a great show, definitely agree! Also, this cake looks delicious!


Margarita June 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Adrianna, my oh my you know how to make cake and frosting! Man, that frosting looks so good…

As for GIRLS, I have never seen it nor heard of it and now am super curious. I wonder if I can stream it on Netflix?


laura @ glutton for nourishment June 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm

i love that show! but seriously you think hannah’s bf is adorable? i can’t stand him.


Val June 13, 2012 at 5:37 pm

That cake is adorable! Love the heart sprinkles. Saw the first epi of Girls and was skeptical after all the hype but it was really charming and engrossing (and kinda gross). Without HBO though, I haven’t been able to keep up. I did watch Lena’s movie Tiny Furniture on Netflix streaming and loved it — it’s like a precursor to the series.


Nik June 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Girls is my favorite in a long, long time. That cake is super fun. You’re the best.

Facts. :)


Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen June 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Loooooove Girls. I’m so depressed that it’s over for the season. I hope they show Shoshanna more next season – I was DYING/almost peeing myself with laughter when she accidentally smoked crack, and was running down the street chanting “don’t get raped by the man in plaid, don’t get raped by the man in plaid.” I think I need to go back and watch the whole season again now…while eating this cake. Yes, that’s the plan.


ATasteOfMadness June 15, 2012 at 9:46 am

This is just the right amount of girly πŸ˜‰ This cake looks SO good!


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