A sweet Cinnamon Ripple Sweet Potato Cake is the perfect fall dessert! It’s the moistest, most flavorful bundt cake and the frosting is so creamy!!

Cinnamon Ripple Sweet Potato Bundt Cake slice on white plate

Easy Sweet Potato Cake Recipe

Hi, it’s Jenn, from Eat Cake For Dinner!  I’m so happy to be here on Oh Sweet Basil today so I can share this absolutely amazing sweet potato cake with you that just screams fall. I have really become a fan of sweet potatoes over the past few years. As a kid, I wouldn’t even touch them. Now, I look for recipes that I could easily incorporate sweet potatoes in to. Whether it’s in a savory recipe or a sweet recipe, sweet potatoes are delicious.

Today’s cinnamon ripple sweet potato cake recipe is a moist, dense bundt cake that uses mashed sweet potatoes. This sweet potato dessert has the perfect amount of spice. It’s made with a cinnamon sugar swirl and it’s topped with a tangy cream cheese icing. It is seriously heavenly.  

No one will even know there are sweet potatoes in there, but they will for sure notice how moist and dense it is. I shared this cake with the neighbors and didn’t tell them what was in it.

At first, they thought it was a pumpkin cake because of the color, then they tasted it and it wasn’t pumpkin.  Everyone loved the texture and flavor and went back for seconds. There wasn’t a crumb left! I later shared with them there were sweet potatoes in there. A few people that thought they “hated” sweet potatoes were in shock! 

Whether you’re looking for something to make on a crisp fall weekend or are in need of an easy Thanksgiving dessert, this sweet potato cake recipe is a winner! 

Sweet Potato Cake Ingredients

This sweet potato cake recipe has three main components: the cake itself, the cinnamon swirl filling, and the cream cheese frosting. Don’t let the lengthy ingredients list scare you away, many ingredients are used in all three parts of this cake. Here’s what you’ll need to make this spiced sweet potato dessert: 

  • Granulated sugar
  • Canola oil
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Spices
  • Salt 
  • Mashed sweet potatoes
  • Brown sugar
  • Unsalted butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk

Cinnamon Ripple Sweet Potato Cake with cream cheese icing on white plate

How to Make Sweet Potato Cake

Although this sweet potato cake requires some assembly, it’s incredibly easy to make. Here’s the basic rundown of how to make this cake: 

  1. Whisk together the sweet potato cake batter. 
  2. Spread half the batter into the bottom of a greased 12-cup bundt pan. 
  3. Stir together the cinnamon swirl filling, then spread over the cake batter. 
  4. Spread the remaining batter over the filling. 
  5. Bake the bundt cake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 
  6. Let the cake cool completely, then drizzle the cream cheese frosting over top. 

Can I Make This Cake Using Canned Sweet Potatoes? 

I’ve only made this cake using fresh sweet potatoes that I roasted and mashed myself. I’m not sure how this sweet potato dessert would turn out if you used canned sweet potatoes. If you try it out, please leave a comment down below letting us know how your cake turned out! 

Can I Make This in Regular Cake Pans? 

I’m not sure! The problem with regular cake pans is that you can’t get the cinnamon sugar filling swirled throughout the cake very easily. You may be able to divide the cake batter between a few 8- or 9-inch round cake pans, but again, I’ve never tried that myself. 

slice of Cinnamon Ripple Sweet Potato Cake with cream cheese icing

Tips for Making Sweet Potato Cake

To make this sweet potato bundt cake, you’ll need 2 cups of well mashed sweet potatoes, which will be roughly two to three sweet potatoes. Make sure to actually measure out the mashed sweet potato and not just eyeball it, as adding too much or too little can drastically affect the flavor and texture of this cake. 

Also, you’re welcome to use any kind of sweet potato you have on hand. I used regular sweet potatoes because I wanted this cake to be a vibrant orange color, but yellow or even purple sweet potatoes would work here too. Your cake might be a different color than mine, but the flavor should be the same! 

Finally, make sure the cream cheese is softened to room temperature before you make the cream cheese frosting. If the cream cheese is too cold, it won’t blend properly with the rest of the ingredients and you’ll wind up with lumpy frosting. 

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Cinnamon Ripple Sweet Potato Cake

4.43 from 19 votes
Servings: 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Description

A sweet Cinnamon Ripple Sweet Potato Cake is the perfect fall dessert! It's the most moist, flavorful bundt cake and that frosting is so creamy!!

Ingredients 

  • 2 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cup Canola or Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Cups Cooked Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Cinnamon Sugar Ripple

  • 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Unsalted Butter, cold

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 4 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour a large 12-cup bundt pan; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and oil until well combined.
    2 1/2 Cups Sugar, 1 Cup Canola or Vegetable Oil
  • Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until smooth.
    3 Large Eggs, 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • In a separate medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
    3 Cups All-Purpose Flour, 2 teaspoons Baking Soda, 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Add dry mixture to wet mixture alternately with mashed sweet potatoes, starting and ending with dry ingredients and beating after each addition until just combined.
    2 Cups Cooked Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Spread half of the batter evenly into the prepared bundt pan, batter is very thick.

For the Cinnamon Sugar Swirl:

  • Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon; add the butter and mash together until a crumble mixture forms.
    1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar, 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, 2 teaspoons Unsalted Butter
  • Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over the batter in the pan.
  • Top with remaining cake batter and spread out evenly.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 60-65 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan 10 minutes, then invert to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Cream Cheese Icing:

  • You want the cream cheese really soft.  If it isn't soft enough, microwave for a few seconds.  Combine softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk and stir together until smooth and creamy.
    4 oz Cream Cheese, 1 Cup Powdered Sugar, 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract, 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • Drizzle over cooled cake.  Slice and serve.

Notes

Recipe Notes: This recipe was only tested with fresh sweet potatoes, not with canned sweet potatoes. You will need around 2-3 sweet potatoes for this recipe, depending on the size. To cook the sweet potatoes, line a sheet pan with foil.  Poke a few holes into the sweet potatoes using a fork. Place on the lined baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees F for 1 hour or until very soft. Remove from oven and cool.  Then, peel the sweet potatoes and mash.  This can be done ahead of time and refrigerated overnight.
Bundt cake can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 646kcalCarbohydrates: 95gProtein: 7gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 409mgFiber: 2gSugar: 65g
Author: eatcake
Course: All Your Favorite Fall Recipes to Warm up to, Easy Cake Recipes For Beginners

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