Spiced Sweet-Potato Cake with Custard Sauce

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Spiced Sweet-Potato Cake with Custard SauceRecipe
Photo: David Prince
4 servings


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Zest from 1/2 an orange
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup canola oil
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Confectioner's sugar (for dusting)
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon vanilla


Cake: Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly coat a 9-inch round cake pan with vegetable cooking spray. Grind the zest and sweet potato in a food processor. Scrape down the bowl. Add sugar, canola oil, eggs, vanilla, ground cinnamon, and salt. Pulse until the mixture is blended. Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Pulse just to incorporate. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes on a rack and dust with confectioner's sugar.

Sauce: Heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat until small bubbles form. In a bowl, whisk sugar with eggs and slowly pour in the milk, whisking constantly. Pour the mixture back into the pan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Do not let the sauce boil or it will curdle. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour the sauce into a metal bowl, then place the bowl in a pan of ice water to chill. Drizzle over the warm cake and serve.

Created date

June 2004

Nutritional Information

Calcium 213 mg
Calories 1137
Caloriesfromfat 0 %
Carbohydrate 148 g
Cholesterol 326 mg
Fat 53 g
Fiber 3 g
Iron 4 mg
Protein 18 mg
Satfat 7 g
Sodium 517 mg