Sweet Potato Pound Cake With Maple Glaze - Carolina Country

Sweet Potato Pound Cake With maple glaze

3.9/5 rating (53 votes)
Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Sweet potatoes star in this moist, earthy cake. Make the maple glaze to further highlight this orange veggie’s mild sweetness.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼  teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon mace (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2½ cups sweet potato, cooked and mashed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.

  2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, mace and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl.

  3. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugars at high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the sweet potatoes and eggs at low speed, one at a time, until well incorporated. Next, beat flour mixture into the sweet potato mixture. Add vanilla.

  4. Pour batter into tube pan. Sprinkle the chopped pecans on top. Bake for approximately 55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm or cold. Freezes well.

Note: If you’d like to bump the sweetness up a notch, consider finishing with a maple glaze. While the cake cools, combine 2 tablespoons milk, 3 tablespoons maple syrup, 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon in a sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk until smooth and pour warm over the cake. Top with more pecans if you like.

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Recipe courtesy of

Catherine Cope of Lexington, a member of EnergyUnited

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Comments (5)

  • Is it possible to use self rising flour and omit baking powder, baking soda, and salt in this recipe for cake? I have used Swan's Down cake flour before but not baking powder, soda, or salt !

    Connie Johnson |
    January 05, 2021 |

  • Hi Connie! Although we made this recipe as listed, we think you could get away with using self-rising flour as long as you omit the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cake flour is a bit of a different animal though, so it would not be the best choice for this particular recipe. Good luck! Hope the cake turns out to be delicious!

    Carolina Country |
    January 06, 2021 |

  • OMG. We celebrate random food holidays at work and tomorrow (9.28) is National North Carolina day. In celebration, I wanted to make a dessert from our state vegetable. This did NOT disappoint. I will 100% be using this recipe to replace my normal sweet potato Thanksgiving dish! I’m so glad I came across this recipe

    Alexandra Clontz |
    September 27, 2021 |

    • Loved to hear this Alexandra! We thought it was a keeper too!

      Carolina Country |
      October 18, 2021 |

  • A super wonderful cake!! My family loved it.

    Jean Kennedy Gray |
    December 02, 2021 |

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