@wesley91: You probably did hear about them from your grandmother because I can remember being very young and my grandmother would make hoe cakes all the time! This was the recipe that she used.
You need 1 cup flour, 1 ½ cup corn meal, ¼ cup Crisco oil, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 1/3 cup buttermilk, 2 eggs (beaten), 1 tsp. salt, and 1 tsp. baking soda.
Mix together the flour, sugar, cornmeal, salt and baking soda. Add the eggs, buttermilk, and oil. Stir until moistened. In a heavily oiled skillet, pour ¼ cup of batter for each cake. Fry for a couple of minutes or until golden brown on both sides. Drain them on paper towels.
My grandmother used to sprinkle a little bit of powdered sugar on them when they came out of the skillet.