Gobble, Gobble….

There are very few times in life my mother uses swear words(hard to believe I am her daughter :P) One of those times is usually a holiday. And it is usually for the same two things. #1. She forgot to take the rolls out of the oven, or she forgets to serve them all together. #2 The marshmallows were pilled on too high on the sweet potatoes and they took on a life of their own, boiling up and eventually exploding into a hellacious pile of goo that will have to be scoured for hours off of the bottom of the oven. I would like to point out however that my mothers swear words are far more watered down than mine ever are…I don’t want to paint a bad picture of her. :)
Since I already celebrate Thanksgiving in October(that is when we do our more traditional T-day) I don’t make it in November, we go out to eat, at a very nice restaurant. I do however crave certain things. Sweet potatoes is one of those things.
This cake is my version of sweet potatoes this year. I thought about doing something with marshmallows but didn’t want to be scraping marshmallow off of the bottom of my new oven…though I’m sure my mother will be(love you mom). This is very dense, I am still experimenting a little with the recipe, I think perhaps a little more buttermilk or maybe sour cream….we shall see. But it is pretty good as is and a great way to eat your sweet potatoes.
Hope that everyone has a wonderful American Thanksgiving! Gobble, gobble!

Sweet Potato Pound Cake with Cranberry Walnut Streusel

For Cake:

1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups cooked, peeled, mashed sweet potatoes, cooled
1 tsp vanilla
4 large eggs
3 TBSP buttermilk
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg

For Streusel:

1/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 TBSP melted unsalted butter
½ cup roughly chopped walnuts
1/3 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease and flour a 10” tube or Bundt pan.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and the sugar, until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add sweet potatoes, buttermilk, and vanilla and beat for one minute.
Add eggs, one at a time and beat for 1 minute, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Batter will look curdled…not to worry.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt.
Slowly add the flour mixture to the potato mixture on low speed.
Pour half of the batter into the tube/Bundt pan.
For the streusel, add all the ingredients together and combine.
Evenly distribute the streusel around the batter, covering as much batter as you can.
Pour the remaining batter over the streusel.
Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a toothpick or knife comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then invert onto a serving plate. Can be served plain, with powder sugar or a glaze(orange would be nice).

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  1. Looks delicious! And I SO love and am so jealous of your Thanksgiving plans. What fun!

    This cake could be so perfect in my office with coffee…

    I MUST BAKE MORE…your recipes are always fool-proof so there is no excuse!

  2. Looks delicious! I have never done anything acceptable with sweet potatoes, which are also difficult to find over here.

  3. That does look yummy, and I’m always looking for things to make in my Bundt pans.

  4. This looks delicious!

  5. I love really dense cakes, and I love love love sweet potatoes. Yum!

  6. That sweet potato is a GREAT idea! I’ll have to try this recipe soon!

  7. Maybe try some mini marshmallows in it as well?

  8. Ohhh I made a sweet potato cake too! First time I’ve ever made one – it was fabulous. I’m happy I have another recipe now to try! Yours looks and sounds gorgeous. =)

    Keep your fingers crossed that I don’t have any marshmallow incidents on Thursday. :D


  9. Looks lovely, and such a wonderful colour too =)

  10. This looks delicious. I love the cranberry layer in there. Have a wonderful dinner at the Farm. Will you taunt us all with the amazing food that you’re served?

  11. This may be a long shot, but could you try using Marshmallow creme to lighten it up?

  12. The cranberry layer is awesome in there but then streusel will do it for me every time!
    Yes do please taunt us with the meal you have will you ;))

  13. I would never have thought of a cranberry layer–yum!

  14. Your bundt tin even makes the slice look a bit turkey-like (if you squint and take your glasses off). I love the layer of berries and nuts through the middle – very pretty.

  15. So beautiful! I love sweet potatoes (aren’t they delicious?). And this cake is just really good.

  16. Yum!

  17. A sweet potato cake sounds pretty tasty. The cake looks nice and moist.

  18. Haha, oh yes, I’ve been known to swear quite a bit during the holidays, with all the tasks that need to be done (I have 20+ family/friends attending my Thanksgiving celebration; so there’s a LOT of cooking, baking, and preparation that needs to get done!! ahh!!)

    Oooh, that Sweet Potato Pound Cake with Cranberry Walnut Streusel is such an innovative way to serve up traditional sweet potatoes – nice!

  19. Yum…such a creative idea…and am glad to have found another great local blogger :)

  20. This looks like a great recipe. The cake looks so rich and moist. I’m salivating!

  21. I love the way the filling looks, very pretty!

  22. it still looks divine! sounds like a treat to me! happy turkey day

  23. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Gobble Gobble :)

  24. Great recipe and photos, Peabody. That is a true “Cake and a half”.

  25. It’s become tradition at my aunt and uncle’s house every thankgsgiving to burn the marshmallow layer on top of the sweet potatoes and to set off the fire alarm. It’s amazing that EVERY year someone will put them under the broiler and walk away, it only takes seconds for the marshmallows to be done and yet we never learn….

  26. Oh my gosh, that looks SO amazing!


  27. That pound cake looks so tasty and moist! Love the incorporation of sweet potato! Happy Thanksgiving!

  28. Happy Thankgiving.Nice cake.I see that you like those sweet potatos. Cake and something good for you!

  29. Recent conversatons with sweet potato haters has confirmed that 98% of them started to dislike sweet potatoes due to marshmallow topping. THis cake and strusel would surely change their minds, plus no oven scrubbing involved :). I love the autumn colors…whooo Hah for fall!

  30. A fun idea!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  31. I hate oven scrubbing!!!!! That cake is scrumptious looking! And belated Thanksgiving wishes to you!!!!!!!

  32. I can so relate to the mom and the swear words. Same thing happens to my mom this time of year :) Happy Thanksgiving!

  33. mmmm the idea of a sweet potato pound cake sounds wonderful! :)

  34. Delicious cake – hope your Thanksgiving out was delicious as always!!

  35. My grandson has a nut allergy; what can i substitute for the nuts?


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