So called because the cake was often cooked on a hoe.
- dated|Southern|_|US A type of cornbread or cornmeal cake, made of water and salt. It was originally baked before the fire or in the ashes on a hoe, now it is fried in cooking oil in a skillet.
In Jean Fritz's children's book George Washington's Breakfast the protagonist finds out that George Washington may have eaten hoecakes for breakfast.
cite book|authorMarjorie Kinnan Rawlings|titleCross Creek|year1948|idISBN 0684818795|page=219.