Copycat Famous Dave’s Corn Bread with Honey Jalapeno Glaze

I am a huge corn bread fan and nobody does it better than Famous Dave’s. I recreated this recipe using my new oven and it came out amazing! I recommend doubling the recipe because everyone is going to eat them up in a flash. You can prepare the glaze ahead of time and store it in a sealed container, in the refrigerator. Re-heat before serving.

1 cup stone ground cornmeal
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 (9-oz) package yellow cake mix
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon mayonnaise

Jalapeno Honey Glaze:
1/2 cup butter
1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely diced
2 tablespoons red bell pepper, finely diced
1/4 cup honey
1/8 teaspoon cayenne

Combine the stone ground and yellow cornmeal, yellow cake mix, baking powder, cayenne pepper and salt in a bowl, set aside. In another bowl, add milk, buttermilk, oil, eggs, brown sugar and honey and mix well. Add the liquid mixture to the cornmeal mixture and mix lightly until no lumps, but do not overmix. Fold in the mayonnaise.

Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400° F. Spoon the cold batter into a prepared muffin tin. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until a fork comes out clean and the tops are golden brown. While it is baking, make the glaze by heating butter in a saucepan until melted. Stir in jalapeño and bell pepper. Bring to a simmer. Stir in honey and cayenne. While stirring, return to a simmer. Remove from heat. Drizzle over the corn bread.

Serves 8-10

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  1. Dean Jones-Mclean July 23, 2010 at 5:24 am


    Thank you for your lovely recipes, i intend to cook this cornbread, but i would like to know what you are referring to by “yellow cake mix?” Here in the UK we struggle to find certain ingredients that you, our American cousins, have abundantly. I’m wondering if i could use any basic Victoria sponge cake packet?
    Thank you again, i look forward to your reply.

    Kind Regards,


  2. chefjanet August 2, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Reading the recipes you have posted here has made me salivating (not like a crazy dog though) 🙂
    I am wondering of there is a way to somehow alter some ingredients into vegan kind of recipe?

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  4. Larry- The Cable Guy May 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Take out the mayonnaise and add sour cream . You already have eggs/oil which is mayonnaise and the sour cream adds a little extra flavor. The rest of the recipe is great !!

  5. ALea June 15, 2011 at 11:16 am

    @ D.Jones-Mclean – do you have premade packaged mixes to make a simple cake (like a birthday cake)? Like Betty Crocker or Pilsbury? Here is an example (although it is larger than you need for this recipe):

    There are also recipes for yellow cake mix online, like this one:

    I know your question was from a long time ago, but I hope this still helps!! I hate to see someone’s question go unanswered! 🙂

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