Sweet Potato Cake with Honey Buttercream and A Baby Shower for Jen

If I haven’t said it enough already, I’ll say it again – to me, the very best part about being a part of the food blogging community is the absolutely lovely and amazingly talented people I’ve met along the way. Today, I’m excited to come together with a group of just some of those people to celebrate one of our own with a surprise baby shower. So Jen, sit back and relax with a cup of (decaf) coffee and enjoy!


I first met Jen in person two years ago at the Big Summer Potluck. Since the both us have a technical background and are somewhat introverted, our connection was instant…and even though it was my first time meeting other bloggers “in real life” and I was pretty nervous, I felt at ease talking to Jen and found that we had a lot in common (not to mention, her decorated cookies were amazingly delicious). The conference was truly the beginning of something great. Over the last couple years, our friendship has only grown. Even though we’re miles apart, we continue to keep in touch regularly, sharing the ups and downs of our lives, and of course, our love of all things baking, cooking, and canning. Jen really is one of the sweetest people I know, always quick to share a kind word and to help out in any way she can.

Now, Jen and her hubby will be welcoming a much prayed for little girl into their lives, and I couldn’t be happier for them. To celebrate, I brought this sweet potato cake to her virtual shower, which is akin to carrot cake with lots of texture and plenty of fall spices. Instead of the more traditional cream cheese frosting, I frosted the cake with honey buttercream – a little extra sweetness for a sweet little girl. Congratulations Jen – I wish you all the best!

For the cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and grated

For the honey buttercream frosting:

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease two 8″ cake pans. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.

In another large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.

Beat in the olive oil and the eggs, and then stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined.

Fold in the sweet potatoes.

Divide the batter evenly between the two cake pans.

Bake 30-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting. To make the honey buttercream frosting, beat the butter until pale. Beat in the milk and honey. Add in the sugar gradually, beating until smooth.

Frost the cake as desired.

Be sure to attend the rest of Jen’s shower by checking out the links below for more recipes and posts from other food blogger friends:

Bluebonnets & Brownies | Raspberry Lemon Fruit Dip
Sugarcrafter | Sweet Potato Cake with Honey Buttercream
My Baking Addiction | Mini Pumpkin Pies
Simple Bites | English Eccles Cakes
Stetted | Roasted Red Pepper and Caramelized Onion Dip
Food for my Family | Homemade Pear Italian Sodas with Cardamom Cream
eat. live. travel. write. | Goat Cheese and Tomato Tartlettes
Gimme Some Oven | Creamy Caramel Apple Dippers
Dessert For Two | Caramel Apple Cookie Cups
Bake at 350 | Soft Sugar Cookies for a Baby Shower
A Thought For Food | Fingerling Potato Salad
TidyMom | Apple Pomegranate Spritzers
i am baker | Advice to a New Mommy
Healthy Green Kitchen | Guacamole with Pistachios
Tracey’s Culinary Adventures | Caramelized Onion, Gruyere and Bacon Spread
What Megan’s Making | Apple Spice Muffins
Cookin’ Canuck | Gorgonzola Cheese Cups with Pear & Hazelnut Salad
Bellalimento | Frozen Berry Shortcake
Shugary Sweets | Caramel Apple Truffles
GoodLife Eats | Coconut Lemon Banana Bread

30 Responses to “Sweet Potato Cake with Honey Buttercream and A Baby Shower for Jen”

  1. 1 shelly (cookies and cups) Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Oh this looks amazing! HOney buttercream? oh mah gah

  2. 2 Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    This cake is gorgeous! The flavors of sweet potato with the honey buttercream sound amazing!

  3. 3 Amanda Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Such a beautiful cake and post! You are such a wonderful friend for doing all this!

  4. 4 DessertForTwo Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    This looks scrumptious! :)

  5. 5 Jen @ Savory Simple Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    This cake looks SO good! What a sweet baby shower.

  6. 6 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Tracy, this is such a sweet post… Thank you so much! I am so surprised and blessed to have so many amazing friends. I am completely blown away and don’t even really know what to say at this point other than thank you!!

    And, this cake looks absolutely fabulous. I know Darron especially will love it, and I’ll be making it for him as soon as I get the chance. :)

  7. 7 Winnie Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Beautiful cake! Such a lovely virtual shower…thanks for organizing ;)

  8. 8 Aimee @ ShugarySweets Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 9:27 am

    What a gorgeous cake for a sweet friend! LOVE IT.

  9. 9 Tracey Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Your cake is stunning Tracy! And what a lovely post for Jen’s shower. Many thanks to you and Amber for hosting today :)

  10. 10 Bridget {bake at 350} Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Tracy! I’m a little in love with this cake!!!!! It’s beautiful and I love that it’s sweet potato!

  11. 11 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Such a fantastic cake, friend. You know James would be all over this – carrot cake is one of his favorites, so I’m sure this would stack up neatly for him.

    I’m so glad we were able to pull this off! You are the best teammate a girl could ask for. Love ya!

  12. 12 Annamaria @ bakewell junction Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I love sweet potatoes and this cake looks delicious. I’ve got to try it out on my family.

  13. 13 Aimee @ Simple Bites Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    What a cake! You get top honors for this one. It’s just perfect for fall.

    You’re a sweet friend. Thanks for organizing this baby shower for Jen.

  14. 14 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    That cake is just stunning! And I love the non-traditional sweet potatoes in it, perfect for fall!

  15. 15 Averie @ Averie Cooks Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    absolutely gorgeous looking cake – carrots, honey buttercream, one part gets better than the next!

  16. 16 SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I love it! And, I love that you used white whole wheat flour — amazing that stuff is, isn’t it?

    I’ve never seen a grated sweet potato used in a dessert, but I love sweet potatoes & will certainly find an occasion to make this dessert.

  17. 17 Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Absolutely lovely! Congratulations to Jen!

  18. 18 Agos Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Omg, I finally found a sweet potato cake without marshmallows! And it looks so good. Thank you!

  19. 19 Nancy @SensitivePantry Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    You are so right! The best part of the food blogging community is the people. Such a beautiful (and yummy) cake. Congratulations, Jen and hubby!

  20. 20 Renee Says:
    September 21st, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I love honey. I think I should start using it a lot more. Starting with this cake.

  21. 21 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Says:
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:45 am

    This is beautiful! I love sweet potato cakes, and I know this would be lovely. Great recipe!

  22. 22 ThinkingWords Says:
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Oh my this looks sooo yummy! Thanks for sharing!!

  23. 23 Sunya Says:
    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Tracy, thanks for another great recipe. I baked this cake yesterday from my knit group and they loved it. I have taken many of your recipes to our monthly group meetings and they have all been a success. Keep the great stuff coming because I have a captive audience waiting for more goodies.

  24. 24 TidyMom Says:
    September 24th, 2012 at 10:30 am

    you had me at honey buttercream! this cake looks amazing Tracy!

    Thanks for putting this virtual shower together!and it was so fun finally meeting you last week!!

  25. 25 Allison Says:
    September 24th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    This looks beautiful, and so delicious! Virtual babyshowers look like fun!

  26. 26 Nina Says:
    October 17th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    This looks so delicious! Do you think it could be made into cupcakes??

  27. 27 Tracy Says:
    October 17th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Nina – I don’t see why not! If you try it, let me know how they turn out! :-)

  28. 28 Paula Says:
    January 15th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    This looks amazing, specially the frosting! However, the recipe says 1/2 tbsp of milk but you dont mention the milk on the directions, where do you add that?

  29. 29 Tracy Says:
    January 15th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Paula – Beat it in with the honey. I’ll update the recipe accordingly! :-)

  30. 30 Paula Says:
    January 15th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Thank you! Im making this tomorow for my birthday cake, I cant wait!

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