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Recipe

Sweet Potato Spice Cake

  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter at room temperature, plus 1/2 pound (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds raw sweet potatoes)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice, or slightly more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 12-cup bundt pan with 1 teaspoon of the butter and set aside.
  • In a large bowl using an electric mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Add the sweet potatoes and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat after each addition.
  • Into a bowl, sift together the flour, soda, powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. Add to the sweet potato mixture a third at a time. Fold in the nuts and vanilla. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes in the pan.
  • While the cake is resting in the pan, in a bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, orange juice, and orange zest. Stir well to combine and make a tight glaze, adding more orange juice 1/2 teaspoon at a time to achieve a pourable consistency.
  • Turn out onto a wire rack. While the cake is still warm, drizzle the orange-sugar glaze to evenly coat. Cool completely before cutting.