Sweet Potato Coffee Cake

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There’s something about the holidays that make us all itch to get into the kitchen and bake. Sweet Potato Coffee Cake is a tried and true breakfast cake that isn’t too sweet. It has loads of sweet potato flavor and is best enjoyed while it’s warm, making it ideal for a cold morning.

The secret ingredient, Crisco® vegetable oil, ensures that this coffee cake will stay moist. Whether you make this coffee cake for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack, I’m certain you will enjoy it.

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high angled view of Sweet Potato Coffee Cake on a purple napkin

Sweet Potato Coffee Cake recipe highlights:

  • This coffee cake gets its ultimate tender crumb from Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil.
  • The cake is lightly sweetened to balance the extra sweet streusel topping and glaze.
  • You can serve this coffee cake for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.

slice of Sweet Potato Coffee Cake on a white plate

I’m always inspired to make breakfast during the holiday season. There’s just something about whipping up a warm, cozy breakfast for the family that has traveled halfway across the US to celebrate with us. Everyone’s morning will be much happier with the scent of sweet potato coffee cake in the air.

Coffee cake should be a breakfast staple in your kitchen. And this recipe is the one you need in your repertoire. The batter is thick and packed full of mashed sweet potato. It bakes up tall and fluffy. Crisco® vegetable oil is used in place of butter to yield an impeccably moist cake. It adds to the wonderfully lush texture that practically melts in your mouth.

I chose Crisco® brand because it is the only brand of vegetable oil I use. You really can’t beat the quality. And if you are lucky, you can catch it on sale at your local Publix. Look at that deal! It’s a fantastic bargain.

Crisco at Publix

The streusel is made with brown sugar, white sugar, flour, oats, pecans, cinnamon, and butter. The butter melts during baking and blends with the sugars to create a wonderfully crunchy topping. And it’s a super thick layer of topping.

If you’re not into the whole cake for breakfast idea, you can enjoy it as an after dinner snack. The glaze adds enough extra sweetness that you could certainly get away with serving sweet potato coffee cake for dessert.

Sweet Potato Coffee Cake Recipe

Sweet Potato Coffee Cake

There's something about the holidays that make us all itch to get into the kitchen and bake. Sweet Potato Coffee Cake is a tried and true breakfast cake that isn't too sweet. It has loads of sweet potato flavor and is best enjoyed while it's warm, making it ideal for a cold morning. The secret ingredient, Crisco vegetable oil, ensures that this coffee cake will stay moist. Whether you make this coffee cake for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack, I'm certain you will enjoy it.
4.5 from 2 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 367kcal
Author: Jen Sobjack

Ingredients

For the topping

For the cake

For the glaze

  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Make the topping

  • In a small bowl combine the sugars, flour, oats, pecans, and cinnamon. Using a pastry cutter, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles peas sized crumbs. set aside.

Make the cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan. In a large mixing bowl, beat the oil and sugar together until well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in the sweet potato and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Stir with a whisk. Add half of the flour mixture to the oil and sugar. Stir to combine. Gradually add the milk followed by the remaining flour mixture. Mix until well combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the sides of the pan and top the cake with glaze.

Make the glaze

  • Whisk all the ingredients together until smooth.

Nutrition

Calories: 367kcal

Nutritional values here on my recipes should be used as a general guide only. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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side view of a slice of Sweet Potato Coffee Cake

Nutritional values here on my recipes should be used as a general guide only. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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