With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Sweet Potato Pineapple Cake

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sweet Potato Pineapple Cake

Here is a unique cake...
Have you ever spent way too long searching for a recipe.  Cookbooks spread all over and lots of tabs opened on the computer?  I did that this week searching for a cake recipe using sweet potatoes. I noted many including one that added banana but finally settled on this one with pineapple. 

I served it at our Bible study where it was enjoyed.  Someone even asked for the recipe.
The cake was moist as I expected, the flavor was pleasant and the cream cheese frosting great but still not exactly what I was looking for. I'm going to try a Bundt cake next.
Sweet Potato Pineapple Cake


12 Servings Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

1 package (18-1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix
1 can (15 ounces) sweet potatoes, drained and mashed
1 cup water
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, well drained
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
7-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.

Divide the batter among three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12 servings.


  • I substituted 1 cup fresh, baked sweet potatoes and mashed for the canned sweet potatoes.
  • I used vegetable oil for the canola oil
  • I halved the frosting recipe and used only half of that for frosting the cake. (so I used 1/4 of the frosting recipe) I did not frost the sides and thought the cake was sufficiently sweet with the amount of frosting used.
  • I decorated the top with pecan halves.
linking to Foodie Friday


Debbie Petras said...

Lorraine, what a unique cake! It looks so pretty. I have a beautiful cake plate and it would look so nice on it. I have to say I never had a cake with sweet potatoes.

Blessings and love,

Susan said...

Oh my GOODNESS, LDH, that looks heavenly. Now that's a combination I never would have thought of! Great job. Bet the Bible study people LOVED it. Susan

Crochetkari said...

Hi Lorraine, That is one yummy looking cake. I love to bake, but since I have been told to lose some weight, well 45 lbs actually, I don't bake anymore. (I just get the cake from the market...haha.) Your study group is so lucky! Your posts always bring "graceful living" to mind.
Lots of love

Kathy said...

Looks delish and gorgeous all in one.
I'm sure the Girls loved every bite!
xo, Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings..

podso said...

I have a new recipe of sweet potato muffins. You certainly made a beautiful cake and presented it in such a lovely way -- no matter if it was exactly what you were looking for!

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Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

It sure does look good! And sounds like it would be really moist. The pound cake the girls at the shelter gave us today was sooooo good! Now the tea, that was another matter. It was actually long life milk that they put into hot water and then we added our tea bags -- I had to add two teabags and really let them sit and then stir, stir, stir to get the right color -- and added just a bit of sugar. Hope you are having a great day! Tammy

myletterstoemily said...

lucky bible study! that cake looks
delicious! thank you for the recipe.

Winnie said...

Gorgeous cake and a very unique one!
I've never eaten or even thought to combine sweet-potato and pineapple, but I thing it's wonderful!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sure is pretty, bet it went quickly! I love how you cut back on the frosting:@)

Dianne Taylor said...

Oh, I cannot wait to make this! You are truly an inspiration in many ways.

Maple Lane said...

I remember baking sweet potato biscuits a long time ago. This sounds very good and moist. I know the Study Group enjoyed it. Beautiful presentation, also.

Pondside said...

Well, it certainly sounds and looks delicious!

Olga said...

Oh, it looks so good. You sure know how to take mouth watering pictures ;-)

Cheryl said...

I love sweet potatoes...so I can imagine that a sweet potato cake is wonderful! It certainly is beautiful!

Traceyr said...

wow that cake looks magnificent and very tasty. :)

Buttercup said...

This looks delicious and the pictures are beautiful. I brought chips to my bible study. You may get me baking again.

Cheryl said...

Seriously, that looks so darn good!!! I could easily eat most of that in one sitting lol
big hugs,

Debbie Huffaker said...

I LOVE sweet potato anything!! This looks so good. My Mamaw used to make sweet potato pie and would always save me a couple of pieces. I don't see how you stay so thin!!!

Jay said...

yummmy....irresistable recipe..
Tasty Appetite

kitty said...

Ooh Lorraine, your cake looks so pretty and I'm sure your bible study group enjoyed it.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

That looks like it would be good without the frosting!

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

That isn't a combination I would have thought of....sure looks and sounds great

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Oh my, that sounds scrumptious, Lorraine! So pretty too.

must love junk said...

Wow-my mouth is watering! I'm visiting from 'mop it up mondays' and am your newest follower! I'd love you to stop by and say hi :)

Carole said...

Hi there. Food on Friday: Pineapple is open for entries. This looks like a neat one! I do hope you link it in. This is the link . Cheers


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