Authentic southern sweet cornbread recipe using only 6 ingredients. This easy cornbread recipe uses Jiffy cornbread mix and a secret ingredient to make the best southern sweet cornbread.

Every home cook needs a good southern sweet cornbread recipe. Learn a southerner’s secret to moist, perfectly sweetened cornbread every time.

In The south we always serve Sweet cornbread with dinner

Now, the argument can be made that cornbread shouldn’t be sweet. But, honey, here in the south we definitely will disagree.

Cornbread is a staple as a bread option for most southern suppers. Visit any southern-style restaurant and you’ll be presented with the option of a roll, biscuit, or cornbread with your meal.

There is always some sort of bread served with dinner in the south. Always.

Let them eat cake, I mean cornbread

It’s true that we like our food sweet here in the south.

It’s true for southern sweet tea and it’s definitely true when it comes to our cornbread.

Some would argue that sweet southern cornbread is almost like cake. While our biscuits may be savory our cornbread definitely satisfies the sweet tooth.

Sweet Southern Cornbread Recipe
Sweet Southern Cornbread Recipe

is Cornbread a vegetable?

This recipe is unlike any other as it has frozen corn added to the mix. The use of the frozen corn is the secret to always having a moist cornbread.

I mean, technically you might be able to count this southern sweet cornbread recipe as a vegetable because of all of the delicious corn inside. But honestly its more of a bread than a vegetable to me.

The secret ingredient is frozen corn

Yep, you read that right. Cornbread with actual corn in it!

Trust me on this. It is a game changer and the secret to the best southern sweet cornbread recipe you’ll ever make.

I haven’t always made sweet cornbread with actual corn in it, though. Adding corn into our cornbread is something that I learned from my father-in-law. My husband grew up on it and that’s how I’ve been making it ever since I met him to keep the tradition going.

Now you could use a drained can of corn in this recipe instead of frozen corn. But honestly, canned corn doesn’t even come close in taste like frozen corn does. Frozen corn tastes as close to fresh as you possibly can get. Which is why I will always opt for frozen vegetables over canned any day.

Easy to Make - Moist Southern Cornbread Recipe
Easy to Make – Moist Southern Cornbread Recipe

Do I have to use a cast iron skillet?

The use of a cast iron skillet is a southern tradition when it comes to making cornbread.

Do you absolutely have to use a cast iron skillet when making cornbread, absolutely not. You can use a regular baking dish if you would like.

Does using a cast iron skillet add to the flavor of a sweet cornbread recipe? I think so! Besides cooking with cast iron is known to have health benefits like its ability to add iron to your diet.

Whenever I make cornbread I always use a cast iron skillet. But if you don’t have a cast iron skillet or prefer not to use one, then you can use any small sized glass or metal baking dish.

Southern Sweet Cornbread Recipe

Southern Sweet Cornbread Recipe

The Domestic Diva
Authentic southern sweet cornbread recipe using only 6 ingredients. This easy cornbread recipe uses Jiffy cornbread mix and a secret ingredient to make the best southern sweet cornbread. Learn a southerner's secret to moist, perfectly sweetened cornbread every time.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 8 people


  • 1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Combine Jiffy cornbread mix with egg, frozen corn, melted unsalted butter, and whole milk in a small bowl.
  • Prepare a cast iron skillet if necessary to prevent sticking and pour batter into the pan.
  • Sprinkle over top of the batter 1/2 tbsp of granulated sugar.
  • Bake in the oven for roughly 15-25 mins until golden brown on top.
Keyword Baking, Bread, Southern
Recipe CTA

I’m curious, how do you prefer your cornbread? Sweet or Savory?

Whenever I want cornbread I always make this southern sweet cornbread recipe. When it comes to savory cornbread I prefer it more in hushpuppy form than old fashioned cornbread.

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Heather began blogging in 2004 providing a glimpse into her domestic life. Over the years her writing topics have changed but one thing has remained the same, her love for preparing homemade, southern-style recipes for her family. When not dealing with household chores or cooking delicious recipes, she can be found homeschooling her two high school boys.


  1. Melissa Smith Reply

    I usually don’t add the corn to my cornbread either, but that looks delicious! Not to mention easier than my usual recipe. Pinning for later!

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) Reply

    Oh man that sounds amazing. Corn bread is one of my favorite things in the entire world.

  3. Paula Parker Reply

    Well, I have a box of Jiffy Cornbread mix in the cabinet and frozen corn in the freezer. Hot-diggity. Thanks for a new recipe! Love it.

  4. Definitely like it sweet. Have you ever tried baking your cornbread in a wafflemaker? Then serving chili on top….SO good!! :) Thanks for the recipe!

  5. This looks so delicious! I love cornbread. Your pictures are so enticing. I spotted whole corn pieces inside the buttery looking center- mmmmm….

  6. That looks so good and I am not even a cornbread type of person. One time I made a cornbread that my family really loved, and my husband’s cousin who isn’t even a cornbread person ate it and told me how good it was. The problem is, I don’t have the recipe anymore and I forgot where I got it from. That was the only recipe I want and the type of cornbread I eat. Yours look good though.

  7. Hmmm. That’s a good question. Sweet, but I love it savory when used in dressing. I’ve got to try adding corn to my next batch of cornbread. Omnomnom.

  8. Oh my goodness! My mother-in-law always made this cornbread but I didn’t get the recipe before she passed away. Thank you so much!

    {{big hugs}} for making my Honey’s night when I make this!
    ~ Ashley

  9. Oh wow I’ve never had cornbread with corn pieces in it. This looks great! I love mine sweet. Have to try this recipe.

  10. Oh wow I’ve never had cornbread with corn pieces in it. This looks great! I love mine sweet. Have to try this recipe.

  11. Monica Simpson Reply

    I love home made corn bread! This recipe sounds perfect for our weekend chili night with friends.

  12. Amber Myers Reply

    I am sure I’d love this. I have always been a huge fan of cornbread!

  13. We love cornbread here, but funny enough…we have never added any corn to it! Hahaha, however my daughter did try it at her school years ago.

  14. Richelle Milar Reply

    My family would definitely gonna love this for sure! This looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try this!

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