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Sweet Potato Cake


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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup cooked, peeled and mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon maple or vanilla extract


Cream shortening and slowly add sugar, eggs and sweet potatoes. Sift flour, baking powder, soda and spices, if used. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk to sweet potato mixture. ( Drier sweet potatoes might require more milk.) Fold in nuts and maple extract. Spoon batter into 3 greased and floured 8-inch cake pans. Bake in 350° oven for 30 minutes. Cool and frost with Fluffy White Frosting or Cream Cheese Frosting.

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