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Moist, rich, sweet potato cinnamon cake is a delicious sweet potato dessert. This Thanksgiving favorite is chock full of fibrous, nutritious sweet potatoes. single serving of sweet potato dessert

Cinnamon adds a perky spice to compliment the nutty glaze and cinnamon brown sugar filling. This is a wonderful fall treat or popular holiday dessert.

The rain has set in. These dark, wet, gloomy days are the toughest for my husband and I.  We adjust to the short, cold wet days and lengthening dark nights by retreating into our cozy home.

Baking, chatting, eating, blogging and playing computer games fill our winter evenings mostly. This recipe came from just such a day.  We have loved this Fall dessert ever since.

 This sweet potato recipe is pure indulgence. It became one of our family favorites. Drop a pan of this cake on Fall party tables or your Thanksgiving feast and watch it go. Kids and grown ups all love this delicious sweet potato dessert recipe.sweet potato cinnamon cake

More Fall dessert Ideas:

If you need some holiday party food ideas, try our sweet potato pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie, sugar free pumpkin cheesecake or pumpkin cheesecake bars. 

Sweet potato cinnamon cake is so delicious! A carby goody to be enjoyed sparingly. Perfect party food! When you bake from scratch, you know what you are eating.

This dessert is one of my weaknesses.Top view of the sweet potato cinnamon cake

When the dreary days hit, I tend to burrow in with a book and lovely, tasty carbs. Sweet potatoes are good for you though. Lots of fiber and nutrients to balance all that sweet carby goodness. 🙂

Learn how to Make Sweet Potato Puree in your Instant Pot and keep some handy for recipes like this one!

Do you own an Instant Pot? Try this easy method of making your own Sweet Potato puree. This method also works well with other hard shelled winter squash. Steam the sweet potatoes, make the puree and Keep some handy for recipes like this one!

OR Go look at How to roast and puree pumpkin . This method will work for whole sweet potatoes and make a sweet potato puree that your family will love with NO instant pot required 🙂 This post also shows you how to freeze it properly.

 

 You can see the crumb is full of yummy cinnamon and glaze. It’s really really good. Make this delicious sweet potato dessert for parties, potlucks and Holiday meals. 

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Sweet Potato Cinnamon Cake Recipe:

This recipe is not hard but it has quite a few steps. Just follow the recipe and all will go well. Watch our video on either the sidebar on at the bottom of our printable recipe card for a complete recipe demonstration.

ONE TIP: Be SURE to drain your yams if they are canned. Look at the video and recipe card to see the proper consistency of your mashed sweet potatoes. Otherwise you may have too much or too little liquid in with them.

That will make your sweet potato cake either too dry or too wet. We want it moist and light. Happy Baking!

Your Printable Recipe Card:

single serving of sweet potato dessert
Yield: 24 slices

SWEET POTATO CINNAMON CAKE

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This moist, rich, sweet potato cinnamon cake is a delicious sweet potato dessert. This holiday favorite is chock full of fibrous, nutritious sweet potatoes. Cinnamon adds a perky spice to compliment the nutty glaze and brown sugar cinnamon filling. This is a wonderful fall treat or popular holiday dessert

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsps vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter-melted

For the Cinnamon filling:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil-melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 Tablespoons cinnamon

for the Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 TBLS milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pecans

Instructions

For the Sweet Potato Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 13×9 inch baking pan.
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and nutmeg.
  4. Whisk to combine. whisking dry ingredients-sweet potato cake
  5. In another large bowl add cooked sweet potatoes to a large bowl The Sweet potatoes should be this consistency when added. sweet potatoes cooked and mashed
  6. Blend the sweet potatoes and milk with a hand mixer (OR stand mixer) until smooth.
  7. Add in eggs whole and Beat until combined.
  8. Pour in the vanilla and melted butter. Blend until combined.
  9. Slowly add dry ingredients in small batches to sweet potato mixture. Mixing until just incorporated between batches. adding dry ingredients into batter
  10. After all ingredients are in the large bowl blend until combined.
  11. Pour batter into prepared pan.pouring sweet potato cake batter set aside.

Make Cinnamon Filling:

  1. Mix all the cinnamon filling ingredients together until well combined. combining cinnamon filling ingredients
  2. Drop evenly over the batter. dropping cinnamon filling on top of cake batter
  3. Swirl in the filling with a knife. swirling in the cinnamon filling
  4. Bake cake for 30- 35 minutes until a toothpick in the center of the cake comes out clean. .
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool while making the glaze.baked sweet potato cake

Glaze directions:

  1. Combine glaze ingredients mix until smooth. glaz ingredients
  2. Pour the glaze over the cake top.stirring glaze for sweet potato cinnamon cake
  3. Glaze cake while still warm so it seeps into the cake..pouring glaze on warm sweet potato cake


To Serve:

Allow the cake to cool and set 30 minutes or more before serving. Cut into 24 squares and serve straight from the pan.

Notes

Make this dessert a day ahead of your party and cover tightly. The leftovers keep well too if kept covered, even at room temperature for a day.

NOTE: Canned sweet potatoes need to be drained before using them in this recipe

Watch the video below to see the proper consistency of the sweet potatoes. And for a complete demonstration of this recipe.

Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 320Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 31mgSodium 155mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 2gSugar 26gProtein 5g

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This moist, rich, sweet potato cinnamon cake is a delicious dessert. Cinnamon adds a perky spice to compliment the nutty glaze and brown sugar topping. This is a wonderful fall treat or popular holiday dessert.

Sweet potato cinnamon cake-pin image

This moist, rich, sweet potato cinnamon cake is a delicious dessert. Cinnamon adds a perky spice to compliment the nutty glaze and brown sugar topping. This is a wonderful fall treat or popular holiday dessert.

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Miho Waldrup

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

I don't know what went wrong, but this turned out absolutely horrible. The cake was so dense and I cooked for 1 hour, but the middle didn't get cooked through. The cake was not fluffy at all. it was more like uncooked dough. by the time I cooked over 1 hour, the cinnamon grazing got too strong for the taste, even my husband who is a cinanamon lover didn't like the taste at all. I wasted all the ingredients and time. Only i could do wat to dump this cake in the sink. The taste was very bad. The cooked sweet potato part was good. all the ingredients were fresh, but I don't know why. I should have just made a simple sweet baked potato. :(

Diane

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

Hi Miho, I'm sorry to hear this recipe didn't work out for you. This is not a light cake. But it should bake well and have good flavor. The pictures in the post show a proper bake. I wonder if your sweet potato mash was a bit loose? Or maybe your oven does not bake as hot as mine. Hopefully it did pass the toothpick test. As to the flavor that is a mystery to me. As you can see this is a well rated recipe. I'm guessing you read the recipe proportions incorrectly somehow. I hope you try again.

Jennie

Tuesday 14th of April 2020

Oh man, this was good. I healthied it up a bit: whole wheat flour, 3/4 cup coconut sugar for the cake, 1/2 cup coconut sugar for the topping, no glaze. It is delicious, rich, and just the right amount of sweet, although next time I'll probably glaze it (I didn't have powdered sugar.) I will definitely make it again!

Kayti Lavergne

Tuesday 14th of April 2020

Oh that sounds delicious! Thank you so much for sharing your adjustments to the recipe! I'll have to try that out! :)

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