HOE CAKE. Old-Time, Breakdown. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A variant of "Davy Davy Knick Knack" or "Bonnell's Quickstep." A hoecake or johnnycake is a food item that dates to the early 1700's and is thought to be a precursor of the modern pancake. The ingredients were cornmeal, salt and either boiling water or cold milk. In modern times johnnycakes are also made with eggs, oil or melted butter and leavening (e.g. baking powder). Some bake these in the oven rather than on a griddle, more like traditional cornbread.
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Printed sources: Ford (Traditional Music in America), 1940; p. 40.