November 20, 2008

The Cake Slice: Sweet Potato Cake

Aaaaacck!! I thought posting for The Cake Slice is tomorrow. I had planned to bake the cake this morning, take pictures of the cake before the sun set (to take advantage of the gorgeous light) and get the post ready tonight for publishing the next day. So after a leisurely breakfast of fresh-baked croissants (courtesy of D), I glanced in the calendar and realized today is the 20th! Aaaaacck!!

Needless to say, today was not the day for my well-planned baking day. I felt rushed the whole time which made the whole baking experience not a pleasant one. I think it showed in the cake. And wouldn't you know it, the faster I tried to get the cake done, the more problems would arise. I didn't finish until 7PM, the sun set hours ago and all the gorgeous lighting is gone. Ooh, the trials of food blogger indeed!

Luckily, this cake was worth it! The cake was served after supper and it was eaten up. It was my first time to have sweet potato cake (I've always eaten sweet potato pie). The cake was really moist and the orange filling gave it a nice citrus touch. The addition of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg makes it an ideal cake to have for Fall. Overall, this is a nice cake to add to my repertoire. But next time, I'll make sure to check the calendar!

Please visit the The Cake Slice Bakers for their Sweet Potato Cake creations.

Sweet Potato Cake
Makes a 9-inch triple layer cake, serves 16-20 people

2 medium or 1 large sweet potato (12 ounces)
3 cups cake flour
3 tsps baking powder
1 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
5 eggs, separated
2 1/4 cups of sugar
1 stick plus 2 tablespoons of butter, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 1/4 cups of milk

*If fresh sweet potato is not available where you live you may use canned sweet potato, yams, and pumpkin puree.

1. Preheat the oven to 400F degrees. Prick the sweet potatoes in 2-3 places, place on a small baking dish and bake for 1 hour or until the potatoes are very soft. Remove from the oven and cool slightly.

2. Reduce the oven temperature to 350F degrees. Butter the bottoms and the sides of the pans and line with parchment paper. Butter the parchment paper.

3. When the sweet potatoes are cool enough to touch, peel off the skin and remove any dark spots. Cut the potatoes into chunks and puree in a food processor. Puree until smooth. Measure out one cup of potato puree and set aside.

4. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves. Set aside.

5. In the bowl of electric mixer whip the egg whites. Beat on medium speed until egg whites are frothy. Raise the speed to high and gradually beat in 1/4 cup of sugar. Continue to beat until the egg whites are moderately stiff.

6. In another large bowl with the paddle attachment, combine the sweet potato, butter, vanilla, and remaining sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks one at a time. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl after each egg yolk is added. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients and milk in alternately in 2-3 additions, making sure to begin and end with the dry ingredients.

7. With a large spatula, fold in one fourth of the egg whites into the batter to lighten. Then fold in the remaining egg whites until no streaks remain. Making sure to not over mix or this will deflate the batter. Divide the batter among of the three pans.

8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let the cake layers cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then turn out the cake layers onto a wire rack and cool completely at least 1 hour.

9. To assemble the cake, place one layer flat side up on to a cake stand. Spread the orange cream filling. Place the second layer on top and repeat the process. Place the third layer on top and use all the chocolate cream cheese frosting to cover the top and sides of the cake.

Chocolate Cream Frosting - makes 3 cups

10 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick of butter, room temperature
16 ounces of powdered sugar, sifted
1 1/2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate melted and slightly cooled (I used white chocolate)

1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Slowly add the powdered sugar to cream cheese butter mixture. Making sure to scrape down the sides the sides of the bowl. Then beat until light fluffy 2-3 minutes.

2. Measure out 1 cup of frosting and set aside.

3. Add the melted chocolate to the remaining icing in the bowl and beat until well combined.

Orange Cream Filling:
1 cup of reserved cream cheese icing from above.
2 tablespoons of frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1/4 teaspoon of orange extract (I left this out because I didn't have any)

1. Stir together all the ingredients until well mixed.


Deborah said...

I was rushed on this cake, too - and I made it weeks in advance!! Hopefully I'll find a bit more time next month. But I think your cake looks wonderful. I would have never guessed that you rushed through it!

Linda said...

I also hate that harried feeling when I bake. Looking at the photo of that very cute cake of yours, I wouldn't have thought you were rushed at all. Great job!

The Food Librarian said...

Your cake looks very cute!! I loved this cake, it was so yummy. I love the piping you did on the top and bottom! Can't tell you were rushed at all!

SiHaN said...

i rushed mine too! but not on purpose of course but i had a perfect family thanksgiving dinner on the 20th so i had to make it then. haah. Anyway, your cake looks gorgeous! great work with it!

Jodie said...

What a cute cake! I like the orange piping!

Jacque said...

What a pretty cake! Sorry you were rushed... that's no fun.

Gigi said...

omg what cut little cake! your cake is adorable and gorgeous. great job.

Rosie said...

Your cake looks stunning!! Sorry you were rushed it takes the fun away :(

Rosie x

gay said...

That's a lovely cake. Never had cake with sweet potato before.

Anonymous said...

Your cake looks great! I was wondering how it would turn out if you used white chocolate. Now I know!

La Pinche Cocinera said...

Looks pretty


Caroline said...

Thanks everyone for all the lovely comments. In my rush, I forgot to mention I halved the recipe and made a mini cake. Thanks for catching it, Gigi!


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