Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Shortcut Sweet Potato Pound Cake


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shortcut Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Today I want to share this easy Sweet Potato Pound Cake with you. Using sweet potatoes in desserts is nothing new to me. After the holidays we always have leftover sweet potatoes, so turning a side dish into a yummy dessert is always a nice surprise. Fresh or even canned sweet potatoes have many uses in the kitchen, to cakes, cupcakes, casseroles, pancakes, pies and more. 

I'm always on the lookout for quick and easy recipes that I can throw together with minimal ingredients. With the help of a store bought mix you can whip up this lightly sweetened pound cake in no time.  We eat fresh and canned sweet potatoes year round in our house. I prefer to use fresh, but there are times that I am thankful for the convenience of canned sweet potatoes.  

Last week I was asked by Walmart to test out their line of Sugary Sam Sweet Potatoes which also happens to be my brand of choice. Sugary Sam's have always been readily available in my grocery store and I've been using them for as long as I can remember.

Sugary Sam sweet potatoes as well as Princella are picked and packed within hours. These sweet potatoes are equally nutritious as fresh because the vitamins and minerals are locked into the can which preserves the sweet potatoes. There is no peeling or steaming required which is a huge time saver. 
Each can contains, sweet potatoes, water, corn syrup, and sugar. 

Since these sweet potatoes are packed in a light syrup I drained off the liquid and used only the sweet potatoes. This sweet potato pound cake starts with a store bought pound cake mix and a few other ingredients. I know some folks don't like using mixes, but for me they come in handy when I need something semi-homemade.     

In fact my husband took this pound cake to work and everyone thought it was made from scratch. They were also surprised to hear that this pound cake contained mashed sweet potatoes.   
If you happen to have sweet potatoes leftover from your Christmas dinner, save them and make this pound cake. 

These are the ingredients needed: one Betty Crocker Pound Cake Mix, mashed canned sweet potatoes, butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, three eggs, and milk or buttermilk. 



When the pound cake is completely cool dust with powdered sugar and serve. I hope you will give this recipe a try!



Shortcut Sweet Potato Pound Cake 

1 - 16 oz package Betty Crocker Pound Cake Mix
1 1/4 - cup Sugary Sam Sweet Potatoes, mashed
2 - tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 - cup milk or buttermilk (I used buttermilk)
3 - eggs, beaten
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 - teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10-inch tube pan or use a bundt pan and coat with non stick baking spray. Lightly flour. 

In a large bowl beat, pound cake mix, sweet potatoes, butter, milk, eggs, vanilla and spices with an electric mixer or (kitchen aid stand mixer using the paddle attachment).

Beat on low speed for one minute scraping the sites. Beat on medium speed for 3-5 minutes. Spread batter into pan. 


Bake 40 - 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the pound cake is golden brown. 

Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack. When pound cake is completely cool dust with powdered sugar. 

Adapted from: Betty Crocker
Servings: 16


Stop by the Sager Creek website for more recipes using sweet potatoes. 



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