Saturday, 25 May 2013

Spicy sweet potato cake loaf

Another unusual bake using sweet potatoes to give the cake moisture and a soft tender crumb, the resultant cake is delicious, spicy and lovely served to accompany a coffee or tea. You could guild the lily by frosting or topping with a cream cheese topping but I love it just the way it is.  The other nice thing is the mixture actually makes 2 loaves so you have one to freeze / share or gift.This is based on a bake by the fabulous Averiecooks who has some amazing recipes, check out her blog !


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, chopped and microwaved until soft, then drain and allow to cool
  • 2 free range eggs 
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil ( I like to use sunflower)
  • 2 tbsp plain yoghurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 1 3/4 cups plain flour
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cups soft light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (level)
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp approx freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • Preheat oven to 180c /325F 
  • Oil spray a 2 x 2lb loaf tins or alternatively use a tin liner ( I get mine from the pound shop)
  • Combine all the fry ingredients in a large bowl
  • In another bowl combine all the wet ingredients
  • Now combine the two bowls, gently combining fully ensuring everything is fully mixed
  • Pour the batter into the two prepared tins, smoothing the tops level if necessary
  • Place in the oven
  • Bake for 60 - 70 minutes , until tested cooked with a skewer
  • Its as simple as that !
  • Cool in the tin for 10 minutes or so and then cool fully on a wire rack
  • The loaf freezes wrapped and also keeps well wrapped in foil in a tin for up to a week if it lasts that long.

I took one of these loaves along to my regular Womens Institute meeting and it was very popular, so much so that I didn't get a slice :-(


Jen Price said...

I've baked with sweet potato before and it really does keep cakes nice and moist. I love the combination of spices in this cake and this is one that I'd definitely enjoy with a cup of tea :)

Anonymous said...

This cake sounds amazing, I've never heard of sweet potato being used in this way before. My daughter and I love them but the men in the family are not keen which is a shame!

On Top Of Spaghetti said...

This looks wonderful, and so easy. Just a question, do you puree the sweet potatoes or leave them in chunks? Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Linzi_Barrow said...

Yes, you puree them, I cook them in the microwave and then mash with a fork. Hope you have a go as I love this recipe its so delicious

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