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White Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake

Category: Desserts, Cakes, Holiday, Thanksgiving

 Ingredients List

  • 2 pounds (about 3) sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • Unsalted butter, for pans
  • 2 cups cake flour (not self-rising) plus a tad bit more for the pans
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons brandy
  • 1 1/2 cups slivered almonds or coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 pound white chocolate
  • 2 cups heavy cream


Perfect for Thanksgiving!

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Coat potatoes with 1/4 cup vegetable oil, and place on baking sheet. Bake until tender, 30 to 40 min. When cool enough to handle, remove skin, and mash flesh with a fork into coarse puree.

2. Lower oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Butter two 8-by-1 1/2-inch round cake pans, dust with flour, and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat eggs and sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 min. Add the remaining 1 cup vegetable oil; beat on medium speed until well combined. Add the cooled sweet potatoes and mix until combined.

3. Sift together cake flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg; mix into sweet potato mixture. Mix in vanilla and brandy until combined. Remove batter from mixer; fold in 1 cup of the pecan or almond nuts by hand.

4. Evenly distribute cake batter into prepared pans, and transfer to the oven. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 40 to 45 min. Let pans cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Invert cakes onto rack; cool completely, about 1 1/4 hrs.

5. Meanwhile, chop white chocolate into small pieces, transfer to a large bowl and set aside. Bring 1 cup cream to a boil; pour over chocolate, whisking until the chocolate melts. Chill for 30-40 min.

6. When chocolate mixture has cooled, pour remaining cup cream into an electric mixer; whip on medium until soft peaks form, about 3 min. Fold whipped cream into chocolate mixture until fully incorporated.

7. Cut each cake layer in half horizontally, creating four layers. Spread 2/3 cup white chocolate frosting on one layer, then stack next layer on top, and frost. Repeat frosting-and-stacking process until each layer is frosted. Spread remaining frosting on sides and top of cake. Arrange the remaining 1/2 cup pecan or almond nuts on top of cake, and serve.

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