noun South Midland and Southern U.S.
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for hoe-cake
He found supper on the table, the savoury bacon and hoe-cake greeting him from the door.The Boy from Hollow Hut|Isla May Mullins
Flat as a hoe-cake an' big around as an acre of land, with the fires of Hell breathin' at its edges!Call Him Savage|John Pollard
A few of the boys were lucky to obtain fowls and hoe-cake, from the residents living near.Company G|A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow
It should be eaten drenched with butter of its own melting—the butter laid in the heart of it after splitting pone or hoe-cake.Dishes & Beverages of the Old South|Martha McCulloch Williams
Hoe-cake, a cake of Indian meal baked on a hoe or before the fire.
Word Origin and History for hoe-cake
1745, American English, said to be so called because it originally was baked on the broad thin blade of a cotton-field hoe (n.).