Sweet Potato Cake

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I love this time of year and all the fruits and vegetables that are available. Now if only the weather would cool down to acceptable fall temperatures this year, all would be great! A girl can dream! I know you can get sweet potatoes all year long, but something just seems right about a sweet potato cake close to Thanksgiving.

This cake is dense and heavy but full of flavor and extremely moist. I made my own sweet potato puree. It’s super easy and worth the time. All I did was bake a few sweet potatoes, skin on. Then once they are cool from the oven, remove the skins, and put them in the food processor and puree the potato until it is smooth. You probably only need two medium sized potatoes for this recipe. I had no idea when I started and cooked six. You guessed it, there is more sweet potato recipes coming down the pipeline. We were eating sweet potato puree for days. It was a nice treat!

You may be tempted to go to the store and buy a can of sweet potatoes. You could do this, but make sure it isn’t the stuff with syrup. Sweet potatoes are already sweet, you don’t need syrup. I ended up making the puree because I couldn’t find a can of sweet potato puree, and all the cans of sweet potatoes had the syrup.

The buttercream is a light and fluffy one. The addition of the marshmallow creme made it a tiny bit sweet. I know you are thinking how could you tell after 4 cups of powdered sugar… But you can. You could easily decorate this with regular butter cream and use no marshmallow creme if you would prefer.Β There was enough frosting to decorate the cake in a traditional way, but I’m still going with the naked cakes. I just like the look and isn’t this recipe really about the cake. So I try to give the cake it’s moment in the spotlight!

The candied pecans are a great addition for texture. They are easy to make, just be careful with the boiling sugar. If you don’t want to candy the pecans, you could just cut them up and sprinkle chopped pecans on top for decoration.

The recipe makes three layers of cake. Which is a perfect amount. We thought about turning this into a bundt cake and a few cupcakes but just liked the bites of frosting between the layers.

Give the recipe a try. I hope you like it as much as we do. If you are looking for other sweet potato cake recipes we whipped up a great bundt cake also for the holidays. Happy Holidays!

 

 

Sweet Potato Cake

Sweet Potato Cake

Ingredients

  • 3 cups AP flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, melted and browned, bits included
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 22 ounces sweet potato puree, fresh not canned sweet potatoes
  • Buttercream
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 14 ounces marshmallow creme
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Candied Pecans
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup pecan halves

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350Β°F. Butter and lightly flour three 8" round pans. Line with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, swirling occasionally until the butter turns bubbly and brown. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  4. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine browned butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla bean paste. Stir until combined.
  5. Add in the dry ingredients in two batches.
  6. Add the sweet potato puree and mix well.
  7. Divide the batter evenly into the three round pans.
  8. Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes and remove to wire rack
  10. Buttercream
  11. In bowl of stand mixer, beat butter and marshmallow creme on medium speed with paddle attachment for about 2 minutes or until creamy.
  12. Add in confectioners sugar slowly mixing and scraping bowl as needed.
  13. Add milk and continue mixing on medium speed for 3-5 minutes or until fluffy.
  14. Candied Pecans
  15. Combine brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, water in a skillet and cook over medium heat for a minute or two, until the sugar dissolves and mixture is bubbling.
  16. Add the pecans and continue to cook for 3 more minutes. Stirring to coat them with the glaze.
  17. Remove from heat and spread pecans out onto parchment paper to cool. Break apart once cooled and chop into small pieces.
  18. Cake Assembly
  19. Once the cakes have cooled, trim the tops so they are even.
  20. Place one layer onto a serving tray and top with frosting. Place second layer on top and cover with frosting. Place third layer on and cover top and sides with frosting. Sprinkle candied pecans on top.
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50 comments… add one

  • robin rue November 17, 2017, 8:07 am

    I have never had a sweet potato cake before, but it sounds awesome to me. I can’t wait to make one for my family.

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    • serena November 17, 2017, 9:29 am

      This is my first one also. I am hooked and will definitely be putting this in the regular rotation

      Reply
  • Erica November 17, 2017, 9:13 am

    A sweet potato cake is such a neat idea. I love sweet potatoes. And I agree that the fresh sweet potatoes are so much better than the canned ones. I loved canned sweet potatoes as a little kid, but can’t stand them now.

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    • serena November 17, 2017, 9:30 am

      Me too! I can remember eating those canned ones as a kid but they are just so unappealing to me as an adult.

      Reply
  • Kimberly Lewis November 17, 2017, 10:10 am

    I need this in my life! What a beautiful cake!

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    • serena December 10, 2017, 10:21 am

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Angela Tolsma November 17, 2017, 11:24 am

    I like how you mention getting canned but without the syrup. That’s my biggest frustration with buying canned goods, is all the extra sugar and it’s also why I usually end up making it myself. This cake sounds amazing, I have never had sweet potato baked into a bakery item before.

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    • serena November 17, 2017, 11:59 am

      I know, it makes me crazy. So much processed stuff in food now a days. Something as simple as a sweet potato should not be packaged in a can with syrup. I will say, it’s a pretty delicious cake if you like sweet potato. Definitely worth a try.

      Reply
  • Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C November 17, 2017, 12:19 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful cake! I never thought of using sweet potatoes in a cake, but that’s absolutely brilliant.

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    • serena November 17, 2017, 1:19 pm

      The flavor is so delicious and the layers are quite moist. It’s worth a try πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Traci @ The Kitchen Girl November 17, 2017, 12:20 pm

    Oh my word…sweet potato cake with marshmallow frosting? Whoah, wish I was coming to your house for Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing…such a great idea!

    Reply
    • serena November 17, 2017, 1:19 pm

      Thanks so much!

      Reply
  • Beth November 17, 2017, 12:21 pm

    This looks amazing! i am a huge sweet potato fan! Savory or sweet dishes are perfect with sweet potatoes!

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    • serena November 17, 2017, 1:20 pm

      I’m a huge sweet potato fan. Just like you, both savory or sweet. Thanks so much for checking out the post πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Krystal Butherus November 17, 2017, 12:42 pm

    Oh my goodness this sounds so delicious! I’ve never heard of a sweet potato cake before!

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    • serena December 10, 2017, 10:22 am

      So delish! I’m loving using the sweet potatoes in the cakes.

      Reply
  • Rebecca | Let's Eat Cake November 17, 2017, 1:00 pm

    What a fun idea for the holidays! It sound like it would be super moist and delicious – like a carrot cake, but sweet potato!

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    • serena November 17, 2017, 1:20 pm

      Exactly! It’s so yummy and moist

      Reply
  • Syama November 17, 2017, 1:37 pm

    I love sweet potato, but never made a cake with it ! May be this is the way to convert the sweet potato haters in the family !

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    • serena November 17, 2017, 2:01 pm

      I’d say it’s a safe bet πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • AnnMarie John November 17, 2017, 5:41 pm

    This is beyond awesome! I’ve never tried a sweet potato cake before and I’ve never made one either. It would be a nice addition to the table though! It looks so good!

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    • serena December 10, 2017, 10:22 am

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Cas | Getyourholidayon November 17, 2017, 7:06 pm

    I would have never thought to make a sweet potato cake. This looks really good and I bet my hubby would love it!!!

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    • serena November 18, 2017, 10:51 am

      It’s really delicious. And quite simple to make πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Kayla Uimari November 17, 2017, 7:13 pm

    This looks delicious and so well put together! I’ve been wanting to start baking again and this would be a really fun project!

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    • serena December 10, 2017, 10:23 am

      It’s a super easy cake to make. Please share if you end up making it.

      Reply
  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh November 17, 2017, 8:35 pm

    I love LOVE love sweet potatoes! I grew up on sweet potatoes, and have never eaten pumpkin anything until I met my husband! This cake is my kind of holiday cake!

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    • serena December 10, 2017, 10:24 am

      I grew up with pumpkin and only in the last few years have I learned that there is more to a sweet potato than sugary syrup and marshmallows at thanksgiving. I’m loving them now.

      Reply
  • Reesa November 18, 2017, 6:18 pm

    Yes!! I love this! Sweet potatoes to me are like candy, so perfect for making them into cake. I would love a piece!

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    • serena December 10, 2017, 10:24 am

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Jessica Joachim November 19, 2017, 6:35 am

    This looks amazing! I love Sweet Potatoes but I have never thought to use them in making a cake! What a fabulous idea! I so have to try this, maybe for my Christmas party

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    • serena December 10, 2017, 10:25 am

      Give it a try. Please share if you make it.

      Reply
  • Heather November 19, 2017, 5:15 pm

    This cake looks delicious and I love that it includes sweet potatoes! What a wonderful holiday treat for this week.

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    • serena December 10, 2017, 10:25 am

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • brianne November 19, 2017, 7:01 pm

    I’ve never heard of sweet potato cake before but I bet it’s super delicious! I never thought to use sweet potato over carrots, but thats brilliant!

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    • serena November 20, 2017, 7:56 pm

      Have to say I really like it. So far I have only tried two different cakes, but looking forward to others

      Reply
  • Brittany November 19, 2017, 8:30 pm

    Wow, this looks absolutely delicious. I love to bake and this seems right up my alley. I’m pinning to try later.

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    • serena November 20, 2017, 7:55 pm

      This is so delicious. That frosting with the cake was just perfect.

      Reply
  • Cindy Ingalls November 19, 2017, 11:57 pm

    This cake looks incredible. I love that it uses such an unexpected ingredient like sweet potatoes. I can only imagine how delicious it tastes, especially with that buttercream icing and candied nuts.

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    • serena December 10, 2017, 10:25 am

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Jeanine November 20, 2017, 7:01 am

    Wow that looks incredible. This may be a great way to get my picky kids to eat some sweet potato. It looks delicious!

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    • serena December 10, 2017, 10:26 am

      LOL! Yes, I think this may do the trick.

      Reply
  • Yasmin Ali November 20, 2017, 8:57 pm

    I absolutely in love with this idea! Definitely want to try this out and see if it works for me!

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    • serena December 10, 2017, 10:26 am

      Enjoy πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Carolyn November 21, 2017, 5:43 am

    This looks delicious and how fun that it uses sweet potatoes. My kids would love to call this their serving of vegetables.

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    • serena November 21, 2017, 8:45 am

      I have family members that are excited to call this their daily vegetable serving also πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Keki Cannon November 21, 2017, 1:17 pm

    this is a great recipe! I have heard of pie but cake is even better considering none of my kids like the pie version, I am sure they will eat this one up.

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    • serena November 21, 2017, 9:01 pm

      It’s a pretty tasty cake and the frosting works well with it.

      Reply
  • Cathy M November 22, 2017, 3:49 pm

    I have got to try this! This is the time of year when sweet potatoes shine, and this is definitely a shining moment!

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    • serena November 22, 2017, 4:32 pm

      Thanks so much! Enjoy πŸ™‚

      Reply

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