Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling


16 servings

Updated: May. 18, 2023
Because we are from Texas, we naturally love sweet potatoes, but this sweet potato pound cake deserves to be a tradition in any home, whether you’re from the South, East, North or West. My rancher husband from Montana loves it, and I get great reviews from the ladies that I’ve treated to it at various social events. — Diane Mannix, Helmville, Montana
Sweet Potato Pound Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups cold mashed sweet potatoes
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 3 to 5 teaspoons orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted tube pan. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; add to creamed mixture alternately with sweet potatoes. Beat just until combined (batter will be thick). Transfer to prepared pan.
  2. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50-60 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. For glaze, in a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, orange zest and enough juice to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over cake.
Sweet Potato Pound Cake Tips

How should you cook the sweet potatoes before mashing them?

It comes down to personal preference! We like to roast our sweet potatoes in the oven–this technique causes the natural sugars to caramelize and intensifies the flavor. Boiling or microwaving the sweet potatoes works just fine. And canned sweet potatoes suffice, too, if you can find them (they're usually near the canned pumpkin).

How can you make Sweet Potato Pound Cake your own?

Try drizzling on a different cake glaze, such as vanilla, or apply a brown butter frosting. You could also adapt the recipe for a different pan.

How can you prevent Sweet Potato Pound Cake from sticking to the fluted tube pan?

Take care to grease the pan the right way! These no-fail cake-pan greasing tips ensure your masterpiece doesn't stick. Also, be sure to follow the recipe's cooling directions.

Rashanda Cobbins, Taste of Home Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 365 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 257mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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