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Chi Chi's Sweet Corn Cake Recipe
Chi Chi's Sweet Corn Cake
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Side Dish
Calories: 205
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Recipe Rating: 5.0 (4 reviews)
Chi-Chi's cofounder Marno McDermott named his restaurant chain after his wife Chi Chi. He claims the name is quite memorable as it translates in Spanish into something like "hooters" in English. The Minneapolis Star quoted McDermott in 1977 shortly after the first Chi-Chi's opened in Richfield, Minneapolis, "English-speaking patrons remember it because its catchy. And the Spanish-speaking customers are amused. Either way it doesn't hurt business."

One of the side dishes included with several of the entrees at Chi-Chi's is the Sweet Corn Cake. Its sort of like cornbread, but much softer, almost like corn pudding. You'll find it goes well with just about any Mexican dish. The recipe requires a bain marie, or water bath - a baking technique used commonly to keep custards from cracking or curdling. This is done by simply placing the pan of batter into another larger pan filled with a little hot water while baking.

Source: "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes" by Todd Wilbur.

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/3 cup masa harina
Submitted on: 08/03/09
This is an awesome side dish. . . . my husband and I could eat it all if we didn't make any other things for supper.
Excellent recipe  
Submitted on: 08/01/05
As good as the original and now with Chi chi's closed, this is a major reason to purchase the books.
San Diego Fan  
Submitted on: 07/30/05
I cant make enough of this!!! You should really buy this recipe if you enjoy the real thing - this clone is all but too close to the real thing. Who needs Chi Chi's when you have this recipe!! :)
Submitted on: 07/26/05
This recipe is in the Top Secret book I bought from QVC. I make this often and it is so good!!