Disneyland’s Sweet Cornbread Recipe


Disneyland is notorious for having some of the best food . . . seriously, one of my favorite parts of the whole Disney experience is the smells you smell as you walk around the park.

Many years ago, my family ate at the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ (over in Frontierland) and I recently learned that the restaurant closed a couple of weeks ago to make room for the new Star Wars attractions coming in. I was heartbroken!

I am a big BBQ fan and this restaurant did not disappoint! I found this recipe online for the restaurant’s sweet cornbread and knew that I had to make it.

Seriously, this recipe takes cornbread to a whole new level!! Most cornbread is super gritty from the corn (which is still yummy), but this cornbread has a really smooth texture and is almost cake-like . . . (bonus: there is a cake mix in the recipe!).

This was a huge hit with my family and is the perfect compliment to any BBQ dinner or even chili. Who knows if the restaurant really made their cornbread with a cake mix, but hey . . . it tastes too good to really care! 😉

So even though the famous Disneyland restaurant is now closed, thankfully we can still enjoy this yummy cornbread!

Related Recipe: Be sure and try our delicious PINA COLADA ZUCCHINI BREAD. It’s so moist and loaded with  tropical flavors!


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Serves: 16

Disneyland's Sweet Cornbread Recipe

This sweet cornbread was served at Big Thunder Ranch BBQ until it closed at the end of 2015. Once you've had this cornbread, you won't ever go back to any other recipe!

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 1 (15.25 oz) yellow cake mix
  • 2 (8.5 oz each) Jiffy corn muffin mixes
  • Ingredients called for on the back of the cake mix (eggs, oil, water)
  • ingredients called for on the back of the corn muffin mixes (eggs, milk)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13" baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, dump in all three boxes of dry mixes (the 1 cake mix and the 2 corn muffin mixes). Add in the ingredients called for on the back of the cake mix box (usually 3 eggs, water, and oil). Now add in the ingredients called for on the back of each corn muffin mix (usually 1/2 cup milk and 1 egg per box).
  3. Mix all the ingredients together until completely combined (but try not to over-mix). Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 28-33 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into the center of the cake mix comes out clean.
  4. Serve warm with butter and honey.



5040 cal


190 g


778 g


61 g
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Recipe adapted from The Disney Chef

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16 Responses to “Disneyland’s Sweet Cornbread Recipe”

  1. I got all excited when I saw this recipe on a friend's Facebook feed because I love drizzling a little honey on my cornbread. But I was disappointed when I clicked on the link and saw the cornbread was made with all processed foods! Is it possible to get the same results with flour, cornmeal, etc? Could I add honey to a cornbread recipe or would I have to eliminate a liquid and sugar?
  2. Anese Cherqaoui
    I made this tonight and it was so so so good! I made the Jiffy Cornbread Muffin Mix from scratch, but omitted the sugar and it was plenty sweet enough. I love Marie Callenders' cornbread, which is sweet as well. The Disneyland cornbread and Marie Callenders' cornbread are very similar. This recipe produces 16-20 servings. There's only 3 adults and no kids in my family so I was happy to bake half the batter in mini paper loaf liners to give to neighbors hot from the oven. They certainly didn't complain ?
  3. So I make a smaller version of this using 1 jiffy yellow cake mix and 1 jiffy cornbread mix. Its a recipe on the Jiffy site. It can be hard to find the cake mix so we order 6 at a time from Amazon. Its basically the same. We love it having been big fans of Marie calendars but they closed in Washington state. Its been 20 years since I was Disneyland. We just use a 8" cake pan to make cornbread in.
  4. Wathel R. Bender
    Actual Recipe for Big Thunder Cornbread: Ingredients: 1 cup granulated sugar ½ cup salad oil 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup milk, divided 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ cup cornmeal Directions: Combine sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla extract and mix on medium/high for 2 minutes. Add ⅔ cup milk and mix until well blended. Add the flour and baking powder. Mix until well blended, about 4 minutes, scraping bowl frequently. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Add ⅓ cup milk and cornmeal. Mix for 5 more minutes. Pour into a greased 9x13 inch pan. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 22 to 28 minutes.

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