A Sweet Potato Pound Cake spiced with cardamom and topped with an fresh orange glaze and candied orange peel.
Sweet Potato Pound Cake
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups pureed sweet potatoes
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp fine sea salt
2 tsp cardamom
⅓ cup buttermilk, room temperature
Candied Orange Peels
1 large orange
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
¼ cup orange juice
Make the Cake
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Butter a 12-cup bundt pan and set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cardamon. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, granulated and brown sugars together. Stir in the sweet potato puree and vanilla extract. Then mix one egg at a time until combined.
Alternate adding the flour and buttermilk until well blended. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for 65-75 minutes– until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes. Then use a butter knife to loosen the edges on the bundt pan and turn the cake out onto a wire rack. Let cool.
Make the Candied Orange Peels
While the cake is baking, cut the orange in half and squeeze the juice into a measuring cup. Set aside for the orange glaze.
Remove the pulp from the rind, slice the rind in the thin even strips.
Fill a small saucepan with water and boil the rind for 15 minutes. Drain this water off. Using the same pan add 1 cup of water and 2 cups of granulated sugar. Add the sliced rind back to the pot and simmer on low for 45 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the rind from the pot (try to remove as much water as possible). Toss the rinds in granulated sugar and lay it out on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet to dry. *note this part takes longer than you think.
Make the Glaze
In a medium bowl whisk together the powdered sugar, orange juice and a pinch of salt until smooth.
Assemble The Cake
Move the cake to a cake plate. Gently drizzle the orange glaze over the cake and top with the candied oranges.
Store the finished cake in an airtight container at room temperature.
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