These Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes taste EXACTLY like the infamous appetizer from Cheesecake Factory! This is a copycat recipe like no other! It’s spot on. Best part is… they’re gluten free just like the restaurant serves.
A few weeks ago my husband and I had the pleasure of taking our oldest son out to eat after a pack meeting for Cub Scouts. You can imagine his excitement getting mom and dad all to himself. It just NEVER happens. I so wish that we could spend more 1:1 time with our kids, but the reality of 2 working parents, kid’s activities, homework and housework… when we HAVE the time, we make it count as a whole family. To take 5 kids out individually and leave the other 4 at home is almost heartbreaking. They want your attention too. I try to do 1:1 time at night when I’m putting each child to bed, when I go to run errands and my husband can watch the other kids, cooking in the kitchen, homework time, on weekends when I can sneak 1 child to stay up later than the rest or sleeping with mommy when daddy is on shift. They always love sleeping with me ( it’s a sacrifice on my part for sure depending on which child it is).
That night of the pack meeting we went to Cheesecake Factory at the request of my son. Cheesecake is his fav. I had recently returned from a girl’s weekend where my Aunt Vesna had mentioned to me how much she LOVES these Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes from Cheesecake Factory. I decided to give them a try since I was there. HOLY MOLY were these things incredible! My husband and I both agreed that we should have gotten 2 orders for each of our meals. They were just amazing! I searched that night for a copycat recipe and found this one with rave reviews. Despite some trial and error with the recipe I finally got it right. It took about 5 tries, no lie. The secret was a little less butter and using muffin tins to keep the shape of the tamale. I kept getting flat, butter leaking pancakes and not thick, soft on the inside, crispy on the outside cakes. The muffin tins helped resolve that issue thanks to my husband’s ingenious thinking. Now you can make them once and get it right the first time!
Best part is… they’re naturally gluten free!