The cornmeal griddle cake is a heritage recipe so steeped in Nostalgia that many people assume it is a creation of their family or small town, but like so many old-school recipes, the origins are cloudy at best. The term “griddle cake” is nearly synonymous with pancakes, flapjacks, and hotcakes. A cornmeal griddle cake is a pancake made with cornmeal, and the end result is hearty without being heavy. While I usually appreciate a good deal of maple syrup on my pancakes, I tend to load up my cornmeal cakes with heaps of fresh butter. It’s like a fresh, hot, buttery, flat, crunchy corn muffin.