Cheese-Stuffed Venezuelan Corn Cakes (Cachapas)

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 5 servings


Along with arepas, these Cheese-Stuffed Venezuelan Corn Cakes (Cachapas) are a Venezuelan staple. Typically made with fresh corn, this unique version combines canned creamed corn, pancake mix and cornmeal. While a mozzarella-type cheese, queso guayanés, is traditional in this dish, any type of cheese works well. For a heartier version, add thinly sliced ham to the filling.


  • 1 can (14 3/4 oz.) creamed corn
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose baking mix (such as BISQUICK®)
  • 1/4 cup * ALBERS® Yellow Corn Meal
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • 5 slices of cheese
  • 5 slices of ham (optional)


PLACE creamed corn, baking mix, corn meal, egg, butter and sugar in blender container; cover. Blend until smooth. Pour batter into medium bowl. Let rest for 5 minutes.

HEAT griddle or skillet over medium heat; brush lightly with vegetable oil. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto hot griddle; cook until bubbles form on surface and bottom turns golden. Turn and cook about 1 minute longer or until golden. Place slices of cheese and ham, if desired, on pancakes and fold over. Remove to serving platter. Keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve warm.

* May also use ALBERS® White Corn Meal.


by m. monica , Kingsport, TN on Oct. 2009

these were good

Cheese -Stuffed Venezuelan Corn Cakes

by j. judi , EAST HAMPTON, CT on Feb. 2008

These were very good. I made the corn cakes and reheated the corncakes and put the ham and cheese in them when I reheated them. I used Swiss cheese and any cheese would work. I put them in the toaster oven so they would not get soggy. It made a quick and easy breakfast. This is a keeper for a change of pace and it was easy to make.

A good dinner but no WOW

by J. Jill , on Jan. 2008

This was a tasty combination but was nothing extraordinary. Don't replace the cornmeal+baking mix for cornmeal mix... it makes the cakes very very difficult to flip. I think there should be some sort of flavoring added... it didn't have a Venezuelan feel to it.

Easy and Yummy!

by T. TIFFINY , PERRYVILLE, MD on Jan. 2008

These were easy to make and very good too! I substituted Canola oil for vegetable oil and they were still yummy. Enjoy!

Breakfast or brunch

by G. Gayle , LAKEWOOD, OH on Jan. 2008

I still have the grandchildren here and saw this recipe. It's so hard to get nutritional but yet fun foods into them. I made this and it really went over. I used a ham slice but would use canadian ham or bacon in this. For adults I would use some smokey cheddar chesse. For the kids good old American was the winner. We all enjoyed this recipe. Some fresh tomato on the side or fruits. I did both and we ejoyed this a lot.

Cheese & ham Stuffed corn cakes

by C. Carol , MADISON HEIGHTS, MI on Dec. 2007

Made these tonight . Very easy and very filling and can't forget very good. I really liked the corn taste. Will be making again. Something you could make up when you need a snack or lunch or even dinner. Nice warm sandwish. Thank you

Cheese Stuffed Venezuelan Corn Cakes

by J. Joan , CAPE CORAL, FL on Nov. 2007

I had these ingredients on hand so they were a snap to make. My family enjoyed them. They now ask for "those corn pancakes". I especially like that they are healthy and filling. The more vegetables, the better!

this is really good

by C. CINDY , LANCASTER, CA on Oct. 2007

this is very traditional, and is good