Baked Johnnycakes Baked Johnnycakes Gayle B. Smith May 01, 2013 Comments Baked Johnnycakes Serves 4. Recipe is provided by Gayle B. Smith, who notes that white corn meal would have been used in the South during the Civil War era. 2 cups water 1 cup yellow cornmeal 1 tbl. butter ½ tsp. salt Butter 1. Mix water, cornmeal, 1 tablespoon butter and salt. Cook and stir until thickened. Cover with waxed paper. Cool. 2. Shape into four 3-inch squares. Place on greased baking sheet, make indentations in top of each cake with edge of spoon. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Serve with butter.