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Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Scott Phillips

Servings: 10

This handsome cake tastes great freshly made, but the ginger flavor comes through even more strongly on the second day. Bonus: any leftover cake is delicious toasted for breakfast.


  • Cooking spray
  • 14-5/8 oz. (3-1/4 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour; more for the pan
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-3/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 8 oz. (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups cooked, well-mashed sweet potatoes (from 2 large)
  • 2 Tbs. confectioners’ sugar

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 560
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 190
  • Fat (g): 21
  • Saturated Fat (g): 13
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6
  • Cholesterol (mg): 125
  • Sodium (mg): 320
  • Carbohydrates (g): 85
  • Fiber (g): 3
  • Sugar (g): 46
  • Protein (g): 8


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 10- to 12-cup Bundt or tube pan with cooking spray, then dust with flour.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, 1-1/2 tsp. of the ginger, the nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the milk and vanilla.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars on medium-low speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the bowl as needed. Add the sweet potatoes, and mix until the batter is combined. (it may look curdled at this point.) Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add half of the flour mixture, and mix until just incorporated. Add half of the milk mixture, and beat on low until well blended, scraping down the bowl as needed. Repeat with the remaining flour and milk, beating on low until the batter is thick and smooth.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, and spread it evenly. Bake until the cake springs back when pressed lightly and a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 55 to 65 minutes. cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Run a thin knife around the edge to loosen the cake if the pan shape allows, and then carefully invert it onto a rack to cool completely.
  • Combine the confectioners’ sugar and the remaining 1/4 tsp. ginger. Use a medium fine-mesh sieve to dust the top of the cake with the sugar mixture. Serve immediately, or keep wrapped at room temperature


Boil, bake, or microwave whole, unpeeled sweet potatoes before mashing for this recipe. You can also substitute canned sweet potatoes; just pour off the syrup and rinse the potatoes before mashing; though the color may be lighter, the flavor is close to home-cooked. One 29-oz. can of sweet potato chunks yields about 2-1/4 cups mashed.


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Reviews (5 reviews)

  • Boomergirl61 | 01/04/2020

    Amazing recipe! I had not heard of this, even though I'm from Louisiana, until I watched one of my favorite shows recently. I searched for the recipe and found this one. This is the best holiday type cake I've ever tasted. I had to bake the cake 5 minutes longer than the instructions stated. Maybe this was due to the water content of my potatoes, even though I baked them before mashng. I will definitely make this again, since I have fun growing my own sweet potatoes every year.

  • Kruger1 | 01/20/2019

    Made this the first time two years ago for Thanksgiving. Now, It has become the most requested dessert for any occasion from fiends and family!

    Delicious, especially when toasted the next day with a cup of tea or coffee.

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