Breads and Cakes

Chef Noel Cunningham’s Coconut Cornmeal Pudding Recipe

Cornmeal pudding which is also known as pone is a favorite Sunday dessert in Jamaica. If you have never had it before you don’t know what you are missing.  Here is your chance to try it with my Coconut Cornmeal Pudding Recipe.


  • 3 cups cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup margarine (or butter)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3 tbsp rum (optional)


  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Measure dry ingredients and combine in mixing bowl.
  3. Pour coconut milk, water, and vanilla into a medium-size saucepan on medium heat.
  4. Add margarine, sugar, and raisins one at a time to the saucepan and stir until the margarine and sugar have dissolved and liquid is heated. Remove from heat and add rum, if desired.
  5. Pour 1/2 of the liquid into mixing bowl with dry ingredients and stir until smooth. Add remaining liquid, stirring until there are no lumps of cornmeal and the batter is smooth.
  6. Pour batter into a greased extra-deep 9-inch cake pan and place in pre-heated 350-degree oven for 15 minutes. (The pan I used is a 3-inch deep, 9-inch baking pan.)
  7. Combine topping ingredients and set aside.
  8. At the 15-minute mark the batter will be thicker, take the pan out of the oven and stir to distribute the raisins evenly.
  9. Pour topping over batter and place pan back into the oven for 1 hour.
  10. When you take the pan out of the oven the top will still be gooey. Use a knife to test the pudding. It should be firm under the topping. Place pan on a cooling rack; The pudding will get firmer as it cools.

Serving Tip: It’s best to leave the pudding in the pan and slice pieces for serving, especially when it’s warm. It’s never easy removing the first piece, but after that, you’ll be good to go.

Be sure to check out Chef Noel Cunningham’s Coconut & Ginger Crème Brûlée Recipe.


About the author

Chef Noel Cunningham

Chef Noel Cunningham, socially known as Chef Cunny, is the dynamic force behind his catering company, Cuisine by Noel and columnist at cooking sense magazine. His philosophy and passion are reflected in his move towards creating healthier cuisine along with showcasing Jamaican cuisine with a modern twist.

He recently appeared twice on CTV Winnipeg’s Morning Live, Kiss102.3fm, and was featured in the November 2015 and March 2016 issue of Jamaican Eats magazine. In the last 12 months, he was also featured in the Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica Observer and the Jamaican magazine. If that isn’t enough, he has under his belt many television appearances on Jamaica’s CVM TV: Television Jamaica’s morning program Smile Jamaica, Entertainment Report, Intense, Nyammings cooking show and Talk Jamaica Online Radio.