It is made simply of cornmeal, salt and water, very thin in texture, and was fried in a skillet if one had fat for frying or often in a Dutch oven or over a hearth or camp fire.
This information comes from "Cross Creek" ( Florida), a book written by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of "The Yearling".
A ho cake is cornbread that is made like a pancake. You mix cornmeal and water (some people add spices or cracklins)with a little salt and pepper, then you fry it up in a pan of bacon grease. Hot, crispy, and delicious.
"I'm gonna fry me up some ho cakes to go with my gumbo!"
Main Entry: ho
Etymology: alteration of whore
slang : WHORE
Main Entry: cake
Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse kaka; akin to Old High German kuocho cake
A mythical yeast-based, floury concoction baked in honor of and specifically for prostitutes.
I believe this comes from a movie called the Hollywood Shuffle. Robert Townsend's character works at Winky Dinky Dog. His boss (John Witherspoon) tells him about his latest, greatest creation called Winky Dinky Hocake, "because hoes got to eat too!"
But they never explain exactly what it is.