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Sweet Potato-Pecan Cake

Yield Makes 10 to 12 servings
Prep: 10 min.; Bake: 1 hr., 15 min. This is also a wonderful breakfast bread; serve with cream cheese and orange marmalade.


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 (16-ounce) can mashed sweet potatoes*
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon pure Madagascar vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted

How to Make It

  1. Beat sugar and oil at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition.

  2. Combine flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, and next 4 ingredients. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. (Batter will be stiff.)

  3. Whisk together mashed sweet potatoes, 2/3 cup water, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir into batter until blended. Fold in chopped toasted pecans. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan.

  4. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

  5. *1 (16-ounce) can candied yams, mashed, or 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin may be substituted for mashed sweet potatoes.