Spiced Sweet Potato Nut Cake


I made a sweet potato pie recently, and found myself still in the mood for sweet potato, but didn’t want another pie. My mind swung to carrot cake, and then I thought, why not? Sweet potato cake! I came up with this spicy, nutty sweet potato cake and loved the result.

I made a mess in the process.
Which is okay! It’s allowed! The cake was worth it.

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How to make Spiced Sweet Potato Nut Cake:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup mashed sweet potato
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Get the sweet potatoes baked. (Takes one to two sweet potatoes, depending on size.) Cook and mash. Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Grease and flour two round 8-inch cake pans. Combine dry ingredients in a medium-size bowl.

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter in a large bowl. Gradually mix in the sugars then add eggs. Whisk milk and mashed sweet potato together–the sweet potato blends better if it’s mixed with the milk first. You don’t want any sweet potato lumps in there.
Add the milk/sweet potato mixture alternately with the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture, mixing well after each addition. Stir in nuts, if using. If you don’t like nuts, leave ’em out.
Divide cake mixture between the pans. Bake at 350-degrees for about 30 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test. You can make a standard cake using 8-inch round cake pans, which is probably what most people would do so is what I recommended at the top, but I actually used two 6-inch round cake pans to make smaller, taller layers.
For no good reason other than I was being ornery. Frost with either a buttercream or cream cheese frosting. I used cream cheese.
I didn’t frost the sides because I don’t like frosting the sides of cakes. It’s a pain!
The layers are so high, using 6-inch pans, that when I sliced it, I set it off as two slices, one top slice and one bottom slice. This cake came out delicious! Reminiscent of a carrot cake and yet not. I served it with cinnamon-whiskey ice cream. (This is just a plain sweet cream base with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and a couple tablespoons whiskey mixed in before freezing.)

If you like sweet potatoes, like carrot cake, try this one! I’m adding it to my repertoire. It’s a keeper!

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on January 21, 2013  

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  1. 1-21

    Yum!!!! what excuse can I come up with to make cake????

  2. 1-21

    Wow, this looks amazing! Saving this one for sure. :)

  3. 1-21

    This delicious looking cake AND cinnamon whiskey ice cream, huh? I think you should go back to being a “non-practicing (underline that) lesbian” and then start ‘dating’ me;)

  4. 1-21

    Jane, do you mean I have not successfully passed this off as a dessert I created for Morgan?

  5. 1-21

    Negative Suzanne. We all know Morgan is a chocolate fiend.

  6. 1-21

    Looks really good and I like your presentation. Are you using Wilton cake pans or commerical pans? I’m on a mission to replace my baking pans with quality pans.

  7. 1-21

    Looks great, do I see 2 standard kitchen ranges in your kitchen? Hum! What a idea.got me thinking.

  8. 1-21

    The photo where you see two stoves was taken in the studio. In my home kitchen, I just have one.

  9. 1-22

    This cake looks delicious, it is very simular to a recipe that I use for a cake my Husband great Grandmother used to bake, goes bake well over 100 years.
    I am going to try baking this in my bundt pan, do you think well drained canned sweet potatoes can be used?
    Thank you

  10. 1-22

    Yes, I don’t see any reason you couldn’t use canned sweet potatoes.

  11. 4-5

    Looks delicious! Maybe a maple buttercream (from your homemade syrup?) would be yummy on this too!

  12. 7-9

    Can I prepare this cake in a Bundt pan?

  13. 7-10

    Yes, you can bake it in a bundt pan, just adjust the baking time. I’ve never done it in a bundt pan, so I don’t know, but it would be longer.

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