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Sweet Potato Pound Cake Recipe

Sweet Potato Pound Cake Recipe

Since we are originally from Texas, we naturally love sweet potatoes, but this pound cake deserves to be a tradition in any home, whether you’re from the South, East, North or West. My Montana husband rancher loves it and I get great revues from ladies I’ve treated with it at various social events.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 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 peel
  • 3 to 5 teaspoons orange juice


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; add to creamed mixture alternately with sweet potatoes. Beat just until combined (batter will be stiff).
  • 2. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 50-60 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.
  • 3. For glaze, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, orange peel and enough juice to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over cake. Yield: 12 servings.

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sonia User ID: 8975064 257285
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2016

"I have a large tube pan so I refigured the ingredients to equal a batter and a half,the cake came out tall, light and moist, great recipe"

HoneyG1 User ID: 4400746 255640
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2016

"I have made this heavenly cake several times. The texture is light, very moist and not too sweet. This cake is a winner!"

Cookinggirl34947 User ID: 8639897 238268
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2015

"After reading reviews about the cake being dry I tweaked the recipe by adding 1 cup of canola oil to the batter and the cake was super moist and really good. It's a hit and makes the house smell really good while it cooks. Definitely will be making this cake again!!!!"

sisbaker User ID: 7713220 151661
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

"I searched for a recipe for a long time, this sounded to easy to be true and taste good,well it's not good but GREAT!! I didn't put nutmeg in and still great."

s_pants User ID: 174050 144557
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

"My husband requested a sweet potato cake for his birthday. I thought it was very moist and the orange glaze really complemented it."

Fonsteff User ID: 7422484 150248
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2013

"I made this cake for a friend earlier this month and it was delicious everyone loved it. I made a butter cream icing using the orange peel and juice but only icing the top of the cake."

Momma2One User ID: 6866462 61621
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"Very yummy pound cake. What a great way to use up leftover sweet potatoes. I made it without the glaze. Even though it's light on taste, it was moist and still very good. Just like a pound cake should be. I will definitely make it again... even Grandma, traditional home baker, enjoyed it!"

pamiam2u2 User ID: 2781407 144555
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"I made this recipe for the first time today and god was it good and it can actually do without the glaze this recipe is a keeper"

skyeyes User ID: 3152760 150247
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"I made this for a friend who was craving "something sweet potato". It was made following the recipe and the suggestions about creaming for about 10 minutes. It made a huge difference in the texture. This pound cake was simply delicious, and I will definitely make it again. My friend was thrilled and said it tasted like her mother's recipe. :-)"

[email protected] User ID: 2813946 155042
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2009

"This is a surprisingly fantastic cake. I made it because I had 2 cans of sweet potatoes on hand. I drained them and whipped them in the mixer bowl and removed them before beginning the recipe. Followed the recipe almost exactly, except added about 1/3C more sweet potatoes as that was left from the cans, and the batter seemed way too thick. It was still thick with this addition, but baked up light and buttery with a perfect texture. As with all pound cakes, cream the butter/sugar/egg mixture about 10 min at a good clip before continuing the recipe and the texture will be the one you are looking for in a pound cake. I did add 1/4 tsp pure orange extract to the cake, and then made the glaze with butter and Grand Marnier. Would be just as good without glaze."

[email protected] User ID: 2350474 130079
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

"This is a wonderful, flavorful cake. I made it for a friend of mine last week and he loved it."

Shae1973 User ID: 2361340 151546
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2009

"I made this cake today for Sunday dessert, was a hit! Has a lighter texture than most pound cakes. Instead of the orange glaze, I made a glaze of brown sugar, heavy cream, butter and cinnamon was a perfect blend of flavors with the sweet potato in the cake!"

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