Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Sweet Potato Pound Cake

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sifted icing sugar
5 tsp orange juice
2 TBSP grated orange zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a bunt pan. Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.

In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add mashed sweet potatoes and vanilla. Beat until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time (the batter will look curdled). Add flour mixture to potato mixture. Beat on low until combined.

Pour batter into pan. Bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a wooden tooth pick inserted into cake comes out clean. Cool cake for 20 minutes in the pan, then invert onto serving plate.

To make the glaze: in a small bowl, combine icing sugar with 3 to 5 tsp orange juice to achieve drizzling consistency. Spoon over warm cake and sprinkle with orange zest and more grated nutmeg if desired.

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