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Sweet Potato Cake

We did it! We fed 19 people for Thanksgiving and everyone is still alive and well. I know you’ve moved on to holiday shopping and decorating, but I’m still patting myself on the back. There were no house fires, no injuries and only a few explosions. I think it was an overall success and because of that, I wanted to share the menu and some party planning tips. I’ll focus on the food here and save the tips for another post. The day was of course all about family…and food. Massive amounts of food. So we over did it a little. OK, we over did it a lot.

Starters (all of these were made ahead of time)




Sweet Potato Pound Cake (adapted from Southern Living)


8oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 cup powdered sugar for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Beat cream cheese and butter with a mixer until creamy. Add the sugar half a cup at a time. Beat until fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time. Add the sweet potatoes and vanilla. Beat until completely combined.
  4. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Slowly add the flour mixture to the batter.
  5. Pour batter into a greased 10-inch bundt pan.
  6. Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted int he center comes out clean. Remove and let cool before flipping out of pan. Once cooled, place a serving plate over the cake pan and flip to invert the cake onto the platter. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Enjoy.


  1. The original recipe called for the cake to bake for over an hour. Mine was done in 50 minutes. I’ve made this twice and overcooked the first one. Be sure to check your cake around 45 minutes and adjust the timer as necessary.
  2. I’m sorry this wasn’t posted sooner. I’ve been watching Call of the Wildman. Please tell me you’ve seen it.
  3. Party tips coming soon!
  4. Are you still reading this? Kudos.

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Posted on November 30, 2011

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