Sky High Cakes: Halloween Sweet Potato Cake (Cake Slice Bakers)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sweet Potato Cake

I've joined a new baking group! The Cake Slice Bakers make one recipe every month from a single book. This year, it's one of my absolutely favorites: Sky High: Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes by Alisa Huntsman and Peter Wynne.

So far, I've made the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, Strawberry Shortcake, and Chai Tea Cake before joining the group. This is a great book with beautiful cakes!

This month, we made the Halloween Sweet Potato Cake in the Holidays and Special Occasion section of the book (pages 178).

Sweet Potato Cake
The cake is made with sweet potato (me love the sweet potato - I baked a bunch extra and ate them during the week) and yummy spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

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The filling is cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar with orange juice concentrate. The only problem was the filling made it a bit too loose so I think that caused my cake to tilt; I also should have leveled out my layers. Next time, I might use only orange extract and zest so there is less liquid in the filling.

The frosting is the cream cheese mixture with the addition of unsweetened chocolate. It is very sweet.

Sweet Potato Cake
The cake, like her other cakes, is incredibly moist but very weighty. You get a workout carrying this around!

Sweet Potato Cake
The cake was a hit at work! And since it had fresh sweet potato inside, we put it in the "vegetable" food group!

Sweet Potato Cake
This photo looks straight but the layers were sliding and caused a leaning tower of sweet potato cake!

Sweet Potato Cake
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Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

I just made their vanilla BUttermilk cake- yum! And yes, very weighty!

BTW, you always say that your desserts are hits with your co-workers and I believe you because they are drool-worthy, but have you ever made anything that they didn't like? Just curious :-)

Rosie said... [Reply to comment]

Such a great looking cake - well done!

Rosie x

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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

i love the close-up picture showing the slice of cake in all its delicious glory. Perfect!

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

Nice job on the cake! It looks fabulous!

Janssen said... [Reply to comment]

As always, I'm more than impressed with your baking skills. Amazing!

Jo said... [Reply to comment]

Great pictures and your cake looks lovely! This is such a yummy cake with delicious spice flavours. I really loved it.

Jodie said... [Reply to comment]

Looks great! Yours is kind of decorated like mine!

kat said... [Reply to comment]

I think I'm going to have to try this cake. You are the second person I read who said the orange filling was too runny.

Cathy said... [Reply to comment]

This looks so wonderful! Tilting or not (it looks straight to me!) And an extra bonus that you had all of that leftover sweet potato!

Shari said... [Reply to comment]

I love that bent-up, kind of ugly sweet potato sitting next to your beautiful cake! Looks perfect!

Snooky doodle said... [Reply to comment]

wow what a nice cake :) surely a slice of this sky high caek is equivalent to two normal ones ha yummy more cake !!!

Mary Ann said... [Reply to comment]

It turned out beautifully! You really did a great job. I am excited to make this tomorrow for my baby, especially since it officially counts as a veggie, right?

Katie said... [Reply to comment]

Your cake looks wonderful. I love how you piped the little dots of frosting on top. I agree it was very sweet though

TeaLady said... [Reply to comment]

Sorry yours slid, but if it will make you feel any better, mine did too. Veggie CAke, I like it. Looks like it tasted great.

Bunny said... [Reply to comment]

It was such a nice surprise to find out that all the flavors in this cake marry very well together!! I love your cake and the pictures!

steph- whisk/spoon said... [Reply to comment]

looks wonderful! so tall, and the chocolate frosting is dark and divine!

Jacque said... [Reply to comment]

Mmmm, your tower of cake looks fantastic! The piping on top looks like Hershey's kisses :)

Anne said... [Reply to comment]

Wow- that looks great! I love the texture and color of the cake. It's making me hungry! :)

Megan said... [Reply to comment]

Wow - that cake looks perfect!

Steph said... [Reply to comment]

Even with the slight slant, that looks like the perfect slice of cake. By the way, I'm making the chocolate peanut butter cake for a christmas party (next month) and I can't wait! It's all thanks to your beautiful cake that helped me decide what I'm bringing.. hopefully it will look half as nice as yours, I'm kind of worried about the chocolate ganache part.

These cakes from sky high do look like you could get a workout just from lifting them!

Liz said... [Reply to comment]

Ah yes, the famed "vegetable cake." Gotta get those 10 servings a day, right?

Your cake looks awesome, I just may have to try this recipe this fall!

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

Your cake looks great, love the little dots piped on top (looks like Hershey Kisses).

Deborah said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful job! Mine was tilting from the frosting as well, but it all worked out in the end!

Linda said... [Reply to comment]

Your cake turned out beautifully! This cake qualifying as a veggie? I like how you and your co-workers think!

erica said... [Reply to comment]

That does it - I'm buying this book for my library!

And if there's ever an opening in your library for a Reference Librarian, please let me know because you have the luckiest co-workers in the world!

Sihan said... [Reply to comment]

oh my gosh.. i didn't realise that coz i added japanese sweet potato instead of the normal ones, i was lacking that orange hue. THe cake looks gorgeous too. and despite it leaning, it must have tasted great!

Sophie said... [Reply to comment]

Your cake came out beautifully! I like the photo with the little sweet potato :).

Di said... [Reply to comment]

Your cake looks lovely! That cookbook sounds really interesting--I'll have to look for it next time I'm at Borders.

Gigi said... [Reply to comment]

gorgeous tall cake! i love all the photos of the cake. well done.

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Di said... [Reply to comment]

Okay, I just had to share... I was browsing at Half Price Books today and found a copy of Sky High Cakes for only $15! Of course, I had to buy it. Now I'm thinking about trying to join the Cake Slice Bakers, too.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

nice job!

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

Yumm I love the process photos of you icing the cake.

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