Brown Sugar-Sweet Potato Cake

From The Washington Post
Brown Sugar-Sweet Potato Cake
Brown Sugar-Sweet Potato Cake

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

80

minutes

SERVINGS

16

servings

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

80

minutes

SERVINGS

16

servings

Ingredients

  • 3

    cups flour

  • 1 3/4

    teaspoons baking powder

  • 3/4

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 3/4

    teaspoon salt, preferably fine sea salt

  • 2

    teaspoons ground ginger

  • 2

    teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 3/4

    teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • 1/4

    teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1/4

    teaspoon ground cloves

  • 16

    tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 1/2

    cups firmly packed dark brown sugar

  • 1/3

    cup granulated sugar

  • 4

    large eggs

  • 3

    tablespoons light unsulphured molasses

  • 2

    teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 15

    ounces canned sweet potato puree (may substitute canned pure pumpkin puree)

  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Coat the inside of a 10-inch Bundt pan with flour-and-oil cooking spray. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves onto a sheet of wax paper. Beat the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer on medium speed for 4 minutes, or until quite creamy, stop to scrape down the bowl. Add the dark brown sugar in three additions, beating for 1 minute after each one. Add the granulated sugar and beat for 1 minute longer. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing for 30 seconds after each addition, to blend. Stop to scrap down the bowl. Blend in the molasses and vanilla extract on low speed. Add the sweet potato puree; beat on low speed to incorporate. The mixture might look slightly curdled at this point, but it will smooth out once the sifted mixture is introduced. Continuing on low speed, add the sifted mixture in three additions, stopping to scrape down the bowl after each one and mixing just until absorbed. Spoon the batter into the prepared baking pan. Use a rubber spatula to smooth the top. Bake for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in the cake emerges clean. The baked cake will pull away slightly from the sides of the baking pan. Transfer (in the pan) to a wire cooling rack to cool for 10 minutes, then invert the cake onto a separate cooling rack and remove the pan. Cool completely. Store in an airtight cake keeper. Sift confectioners’ sugar over the top of the cake before slicing and serving.

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