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sweet potato pound cake

When it comes to Thanksgiving side dishes I tend to favor sweet potatoes…. not the healthy sweet potatoes, the canned yams that come in syrup. And since those aren’t sweet enough, I like to mix brown sugar and melted butter, pour it over them, then top it with marshmallows.


Here’s the problem… In my house, I’m the only one who really loves them. Everyone has a taste of them… but I devour them. So after years of too many leftovers, I finally found something to do with them.


Rich. Moist. Dense. Sweet Potato Pound Cake.

Mr Weekly Bite and I devoured this.


When it comes to pound cake I’m a big fan… so much that my wedding cake was made of pound cake.

Rich creamy batter laced with your leftover sweet potatoes or yams that have already been blended with sugar and cinnamon.



  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups leftover mashed sweet potatoes
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Spray two loaf pans with cooking spray

Sift first six ingredients

Cream butter and sugar. add vanilla

Blend in potatoes and eggs one at a time.

Add flour mixture in 3rds. mix until combined.

Spoon batter evenly into loaf pans. Bake for about 60 minutes or toothpicks barely come out clean when inserted. You wanted a little batter on the toothpick. That way you’ll have a nice moist cake.

Cool on wire rack.

Start to drool a little bit while its cooling 😉

I toyed with the idea of making some sort of glaze for this… but this cake doesn’t need it. Its just sweet enough and will melt in your mouth so fast you won’t even have time to think about a glaze.

You can pack this in a little baggie to munch on when you’re standing in line at 4 a.m. on Black Friday 😉

13 Responses

  1. Meal Makeover Mom Janice said on November 24, 2010 at 8:25 am

    This looks so good! I’ll be sure to bake and extra few sweet potatoes tomorrow so I have leftovers to make this. Thanks!

  2. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on November 24, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Before I read your last line I though “I bet that would be good with a glaze”
    I guess I was wrong

  3. Anne Marie said on November 24, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I LOVE this 🙂 I wish you would’ve posted a day early so I could make it for Thanksgiving!! I need something yummy to take through airport security 😉

  4. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on November 24, 2010 at 9:54 am

    you have my attention 🙂

  5. Lauren at KeepItSweet said on November 24, 2010 at 10:10 am

    this looks delicious!!

  6. Mo@MommyRD said on November 24, 2010 at 10:46 am

    You had me at the title, but the pictures sealed the deal. Must.make!

  7. TheHealthyapron said on November 24, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Loving this recipe!! And the pictures are awesome!!

  8. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said on November 24, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Um, you amaze me. I’m not even a huge pound cake fan but I want to eat ALL of that!

  9. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on November 24, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    What a good idea for leftovers!!

  10. blackbookkitchendiaries said on November 24, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    this looks so good..thanks for sharing this.

  11. Rebecca said on November 24, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I am totally making this tomorrow. It looks fantastic!!!!

  12. The Candid RD said on November 25, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Yes, love the snacking idea for Black Friday! I keep telling people how important it is to pack snacks when you are shopping ALL DAY, and this pound cake sounds perfect!! Oh many, what a great recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving 🙂

  13. Diana @ frontyardfoodie said on November 26, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    For some reason I couldn’t comment on your last post but I just wanted to say your daughter is growing up so fast! She’s GORGEOUS!

    Naturally your recipe looks incredible!