Sweet Potato Cake Recipe
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Sweet Potato Cake Recipe

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Sweet potatoes are not only tasty and versatile, they're good for you as well. Family and friends never mind eating a nutritious vegetable when it's part of this easy-to-prepare dessert, I like to serve this as a snack cake or breakfast coffee cake.—Kathy Theriot, St. Martinville, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cold mashed sweet potatoes (without added milk or butter)
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 337 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 384mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, potatoes, shortening, water and egg. Combine dry ingredients; add to potato mixture and mix well. Stir in raisins and pecans. Pour into a greased 8-cup fluted tube pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Editor's Note: An 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. baking pan can be used instead of a tube pan; bake for 30-35 minutes.
Originally published as Sweet Potato Cake in Taste of Home December/January 1996, p9

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drigotechbras 7239
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"I made this cake today, it turned out realy good... I loved it."

JenfromFlag 6326
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"My family is not overly thrilled with just eating sweet potatoes so I try and get creative with sneaking them in. This is the perfect recipe for just that. This cake that I used as a bread with dinner and side dish with breakfast the next morning was a huge hit. I didn't end up using the powerdered sugar and didn't feel like it needed it. The cake is very moist and has great flavor. I will be making this again soon."

PTuttle 16880
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"I made this yesterday with some leftover sweet potatoes from Thanksgiving dinner. They were just sliced and baked with brown sugar and butter. I mashed them up and it worked out great. I love the texture of this cake -- nice and dense. I added a few more raisins than the recipe called for because I wanted to use up the box, so it probably had a little more fruit in it than the original recipe. I also substituted walnuts for pecans (because I have a ton of them in my freezer from last fall), and I used 2/3 of a cup of light brown sugar and 2/3 of white sugar. Finally, I substituted 1 1/2 tsp. of a spice blend from Penzey's spices, called cake spice, for the cinnamon and ginger. It is especially good in coffee cakes."

hannahhassler 200285
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2010

"This TOTALLY AWESOME! Have it every fall."

hannahhassler 8308
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"The best cake ever!!!!!!!"

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