Cheesy mashed sweet potato cakes

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With an easy stir-together method and a naturally sweet flavor, this delicious Sweet Potato Cake is perfect baby cake for a first birthday, a festive holiday dessert, or a treat to nói qua on a day that needs it!

Sweet Potato Cake

Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and have all of my first birthday cakes developed so I could have made them for all of my babies—but alas, at least I get to mô tả them with you now!

This simple and healthy baby cake is easy to lớn stir together, perfect lớn make ahead, và is sweetened with mashed sweet potato and maple syrup so is an ideal first birthday cake.

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I love these flavors so we often have this in the fall as a seasonal dessert to share with the whole family.


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1 Sweet Potato Cake
2 Baby Cake
3 Ingredients You Need
4 Ingredient Substitutions
5 What kind of sweet potato puree is best for this?
6 Step-by-Step Instructions
7 Sweet Potato Smash Cake
8 Other Smash Cakes You Might like
9 Can I make this first birthday cake ahead of time?
10 How khổng lồ Store
11 Best Tips for Success
12 Sweet Potato Baby Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
12.1 Sweet Potato Cake
12.2 Cream Cheese Frosting
12.3 to make the cake:
12.4 to make the frosting:
12.5 to assemble the cake:

Baby Cake

While I love this cake myself, it is a great first birthday cake. It’s super soft, has nice flavor, & is lightly sweetened with maple syrup. It’s such a fun smash cake, especially if you have a baby who loves sweet potato!



Ingredients You Need

To make this baby cake you’ll need:

Vegetable oilMaple syrup: You can also use honey if you prefer.EggSaltCream Cheese Frosting

TIP: to make the frosting you’ll need cream cheese, maple syrup, and vanilla. Lớn make it stiffer & easy khổng lồ pipe into shapes, you’ll want to showroom some powdered sugar.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use pumpkin puree in place of the sweet potato if you prefer.If you’d prefer to use whole wheat pastry flour in place of the all purpose, you can vày that.Gluten-free: Use a 1:1 style of gluten-free baking mix.

What kind of sweet potato puree is best for this?

To make the mashed sweet potato, you can makeMashed Roasted Sweet PotatoorCrockpot Sweet Potatoes. Vì chưng this step ahead of time (even up to three days ahead if you store it in anairtight container in the fridge) so that the sweet potato is cool when you are ready to make the cake.

You can also just vày it an hour or two before you plan khổng lồ bake.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the process involved in making this birthday cake. Scroll down khổng lồ the bottom of this post for the full recipe.

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Stir the wet ingredients together in a large bowl. Gently stir in the dry ingredients. Divide the batter into the pans and bake!Make the frostingTop one layer with some of the frosting & spread evenly. Showroom the second layer và frost khổng lồ the edges.

TIP: Trace the cake pans onto parchment paper, then cut out just inside the lines to lớn make rounds that fit into the pans. This is a foolproof way lớn line pans that prevent all potential sticking.

Sweet Potato Smash Cake

If you’re looking for a smash cake for the kids, this sweet potato cake is great since it’s 6 inches và is super soft and easy khổng lồ smash. It also is a nice blend of nutritious ingredients in a really festive form.

It also has a lightly sweet flavor, so it’s perfect for babies turning one. & the cream cheese frosting simply needs lớn be stirred together and spread on. Nothing fussy there!

Other Smash Cakes You Might Like

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Can I make this first birthday cake ahead of time?

Yes! You can make the cakes the day ahead, let cool, and store in airtight containers at room temperature. Or you can even frost the whole thing và wrap carefully with plastic wrap và store in the fridge up to lớn 24 hours ahead.

It can be hard to wrap it tightly without messing up the frosting, so I usually wait to frost it, but if you have a cake carrier, that could work too!

How to lớn Store

Store leftovers in the fridge once frosted for up to 3-5 days in an airtight container or wrapped with plastic.

Best Tips for Success

Use as a smash cake for a baby or to chia sẻ with the whole familyThe whole wheat pastry flour will create a slightly denser cake.Use the batter to make 24 mini cupcakes, using about 1 tablespoon batter in each và baking for 12-14 minutes.

I’d love to lớn hear your feedback on this cake if you make it, so please rate and phản hồi below!

This post was originally published May 2015.