Pepper jelly adds a bit of sweetness and subtle heat to these petite corn cakes topped with fresh, tangy goat cheese. Look for it at farmers' markets and in gourmet shops.
Whisk together flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, oil, and butter until smooth and combined. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, and stir just until batter is combined; fold in corn kernels.
Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat, and rub with enough oil to coat surface. Drop batter by the tablespoon to make 2-inch cakes. Cook until underside is golden brown, 45 to 60 seconds; turn over, and continue cooking until other side is browned and cake is heated through, about 1 minute. To serve, top each cake with a slice of goat cheese and a dollop of pepper jelly.
An old-fashioned cast-iron skillet with shallow round indentations is ideal for making uniform corn cakes. Since these pans can be rather hard to find, you can use a regular cast-iron skillet and achieve equally lovely results.