Sweet Potato Pound Cake

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Sweet Potato Pound Cake – This recipe is a new spin on the traditional pound cake. It makes a delicious cake that taste similar to sweet potato pie.

Sweet Potato Pound Cake - This recipe is a new spin on the traditional pound cake. It makes a delicious cake that taste similar to sweet potato pie. #sweetpotato #poundcake #fall

I have found myself wanting to eat a sweet potato in every way imaginable.

Right now I have an entire produce drawer in my refrigerator dedicated solely to sweet potatoes.

In the past two weeks, I’ve had/made roasted sweet potato (my new favorite thing), mashed sweet potato, sweet potato biscuits, and muffins. I have added sweet potato to chili and even baked it and ate it with minimal ingredients. This is actually pretty weird considering pumpkin is the flavor of this time of year and pumpkin and pumpkin spice are added to any and everything right about now. But for whatever reason, I guess this year I have decided to change it up and have sweet potato as my flavor of the season instead.

And honestly, I think I can live with that because doesn’t sweet potato just speak “Fall” to you??

Which would make perfect sense because their peak season is from October through December and they are seen in abundance in free-standing bins at the grocery store.

I am also of the school of thought that if you are craving something then it could be due to your body needing something from that food…so my body must really need loads of vitamin A and vitamin C., At any rate, I will continue to enjoy the delicious sweet potato and try not to burn you out on it in the process.

Sweet potato is also a really good addition to the upcoming Thanksgiving table and this year I teamed up with 18 amazingly talented black food bloggers to bring you the ultimate virtual Thanksgiving feast. I say ultimate because there are 36 delicious recipes that you can give a try and truly something for everyone. So grab a seat at the table and check out our favorite recipes…and I’m bringing the Sweet Potato Pound Cake ūüėČ

Sweet Potato Pound Cake - This recipe is a new spin on the traditional pound cake. It makes a delicious cake that taste similar to sweet potato pie. #sweetpotato #poundcake #fall

Sweet Potato Pound Cake - This recipe is a new spin on the traditional pound cake. It makes a delicious cake that taste similar to sweet potato pie. #sweetpotato #poundcake #fall


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Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Sweet Potato Pound Cake ‚Äď This recipe is a new spin on the traditional pound cake. It makes a delicious cake that taste similar to sweet potato pie.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet potato pound cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 319kcal


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potato
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. and grease and flour a bundt (tube) pan and set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl cream together (with an electric mixer) the butter and sugar. Add the mashed sweet potato and mix until the batter is light and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each one.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture until well blended and then add the vanilla and lemon extracts.
  • Pour the sweet potato pound cake batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake at 325 degrees F. for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean. Once the cake is finished remove from the oven and allow the cake to sit in the pan on a cooling rack for at least 10 minutes and then invert and remove the cake onto the rack and allow it to cool completely.
  • Store the cake in an airtight container or if storing for long-term it may be placed in the freezer.


Optional- if you would like a light glaze on the top of the sweet potato pound cake, mix 1 cup of powdered sugar with 3 Tablespoons of orange or lemon juice and drizzle on top of the cake and serve.


Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 3362IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg
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    November 4, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Yes, sweet potatoes do speak fall to me. And they’re such vitamin powerhouses! I remember learning that when my daughter was a baby and was starting on foods.
    And THIS looks so good, and with a glaze!

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      November 5, 2015 at 10:12 AM

      Thank you and I love a good glaze ūüôā

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        Adrianne Furlough
        November 8, 2020 at 1:03 PM

        I made this sweet potato pound cake this weekend, it turned out awesome, never heard nor had it before, but I’ll be making this cake again for Thanksgiving!

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          November 12, 2020 at 12:13 PM

          Hi Adrianne! So happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe. It will be perfect to share on Thanksgiving.

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    November 4, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    I’ve never had sweet potato pound cake, but this looks so good ūüôā

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      November 5, 2015 at 10:13 AM

      It was my first time having it as well and it turned out pretty good.

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    Summer Len Davis
    November 10, 2017 at 1:15 PM

    I’ve never heard of sweet potato poundcake, but now I want it to materialize on my table so I can eat it right up. I’m saving to make this THIS WEEK.

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      November 13, 2017 at 2:52 PM

      Thank you! This is a really good recipe to give a try ūüôā

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    Kenya Rae
    November 15, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    If it has sweet potatoes I love it! simple as that! I may try this for Thanksgiving!

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      November 16, 2017 at 1:24 PM

      I agree…anything with sweet potato is perfect for this time of the year.

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    November 16, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Sweet potatoes are my comfort food! I know this pound cake tastes amazing and perfect with a cup of coffee. Can’t wait to try this!

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      November 19, 2017 at 9:06 PM

      Thank you and I agree this would be so good with a cup of coffee ūüôā

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    March 8, 2020 at 10:23 PM

    Based on the other reviews, I have to try this again. I found it wayyy too sweet with 2 full cups of sugar. I’ll reduce that considerably next time! I expect I’ll get a 5-star cake then.

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      March 9, 2020 at 12:12 AM

      Yes, please feel free to reduce the amount of sugar as the sweetness of sweet potatoes varies greatly. Use what you feel is best and I want you to have a 5-star cake next time!!

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