The Cake Slice: Sweet Potato Cake

November 20, 2008 at 4:41 pm | Posted in cakes & tortes, groups, layer cakes, sweet things, the cake slice | 30 Comments

sweet potato cake

I just realized that today’s the posting day for the second installment of The Cake Slice!  This month (or yesterday, in my case) we baked up a Sweet Potato Cake from the delicious book Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes by Alicia Huntsman and Peter Wynne.

If you are thinking that this cake sounds a little weird, the sweet potato puree makes the cake really moist (and orange-hued), but I think the flavor actually isn’t so noticeable.  The cake batter has all of the nice, warm fall spices…cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves…and they are what really shine here.

The spice cake is great with the frosting…a chocolate cream cheese frosting, that is!  According to the recipe, the chocolate cream cheese mix is just used to frost the outside.  The cake “should” be filled with an orange cream cheese filling.  I’ve said this a trillion times, but I don’t like fruit and chocolate, so I went chocolate all the way!  I am missing a few kitchen essentials right now, like a scale and a sieve.  I had to wing the frosting, adding powdered sugar and chocolate to taste (which for me means less sweet and more chocolate).  Since I wasn’t able to sift the sugar, I had a few lumpies in there, but that’s not gonna end my world.

sweet potato cake

This is a cake I’m really glad I made– it’s moist, spicy tall and tasty!  Visit Katie for the recipe (or get your hands on a copy of Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes), and cruise through the list of The Cake Slice Bakers to check out all of our sweet potato cakes!


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  1. I was really surprised at how nicely all the flavors went together to make a very very nice cake. Yours looks wonderful, nice and tall and beautifluuy decorated.

  2. wow this cake looks so good. I like it to be sky high. means more cake 🙂 interesting flavours too

  3. I don’t think this sounds strange at all!! In fact, I think it’s an awesome idea. And maybe the sweet potato will make you feel a little less guilty about eating cake? Worth a try!


  5. Lovely looking cake and I really enjoyed this month’s bake as well.

  6. I love it, sweet potato cake, yum! 😀

  7. Your cake looks lovely! I loved this cake. It was so yummy!

  8. that does look lovely and moist. Hope you are having fun in NYC!

  9. Sorry about that lonely Y up there! I don’t know what I did- anyway, your cake looks yummy. I didn’t even notice the orange filling was missing. I can’t wait to make this!

  10. Ah, I should have gone chocolate all the way, too! Although, the orange flavor wasn’t so strong – because I don’t like fruit and chocolate together, either.

  11. Hi!!!Thanks for your comment.

    Your cake looks great too, I think sweet potato cakes taste like carrot cake….

  12. I wish I would have done all chocolate – I think it would be a little better that way!! Beautiful cake!

  13. i totally agree that this is the perfect cake for fall. forget the lumps…i think your cake looks spectacular (and really delicious!). 🙂

  14. I agree that the sweet potato flavor was not noticeable but it made the cake really moist. Your cake came out really sky high, looks great!

  15. It doesn’t look like your layers slipped all over the place like mine did! 🙂

  16. Ohh, sweet potato, spices and chocolate? Sounds lovely!

  17. This looks incredibly moist!

  18. Looks great! It is a great spice cake to serve during the fall. 🙂

  19. This sounds great! And I agree that putting chocolate between the layers was a better idea than just on the outside, because there can never be enough chocolate!

  20. a three cake cake – perfect for me – with or without the icing.

  21. this was a great cake. I really enjoyed it as well. I can’t even see the lumps in your frosting. I had some as well, but they really show up in my photos.

  22. Looks delicious! The chocolate filling sounds much better than the orange – you made a good decision. Yum!

  23. Beautiful cake! It looks delicious. perfect for Thanksgiving!

  24. Who doesn’t like a “sky high” cake? Love it! Hope you did too.
    Great Photos

  25. Holy moly! That would look wonderful on my cake stand for Thanksgiving. 😉

  26. I am absolutely in love with your blog’s design and gosh all the photos! Absolutely stunning, very clean and gorgeous blog. Keep it up! 🙂

    fellow foodie

  27. wow!! very interesting and looks very tasty too!!!
    love it!

  28. This cake is awesome. I have tried one and intend on making one myself, I am totally hooked.

  29. wow this cake looks lovely!!! Do you think this spice cake would go well with a cream cheese frosting instead? Idk cause chocolate and this carrot cake just seems like a rather queer combination in my head >.< Do you think you could post the recipe for this? Cause I don't think the book is avail where I am 😦

    • Thanks! Yes, this would be terrific with cream cheese frosting for sure! The last paragraph has a link to the blog (Katie’s blog) where the cake recipe is posted. Please let me know if you have any trouble accessing the recipe.

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