1912 Fannie Farmer - Littleton Spider Corn Cake Recipe

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Dec. 16, 2021

Today we are making a corn cake recipe (how is that different than a cornbread recipe?) from the 1912 Fannie Farmer cookbook. This is also known as a New England Spider Cake / New England Skillet Corn Cake - possibly because of the type of cast iron pot it was originally cooked in. Though others say the name stems from the spider web of milk baked into it.


Corn meal 1 1/3 Cup (21.33 tbs)
Flour 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
Sour milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Soda 1 Teaspoon
Eggs 2
Sweet milk 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Sugar 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Salt 1/2 Teaspoon
Butter 1 1/2 Tablespoon



1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.


2. Mix and sift corn meal and flour and add sour milk mixed with soda, eggs, well beaten, one half the sweet milk, sugar, and salt.

3. Heat an iron frying pan, add butter, and, when melted, turn in the mixture.

4. Pour over remaining milk and bake in a hot oven.


5. Cut in pie-shaped pieces for serving.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Ready In: 45 Minutes
Servings: 6