Sweet Potato Layer Cake With Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
|2||pounds sweet potatoes, about 3 medium|
|3||cups Softassilk cake flour|
|2||teaspoons baking soda|
|2||teaspoons baking powder|
|2||teaspoons ground cinnamon|
|1||teaspoon ground ginger|
|1||teaspoon ground coriander|
|¼||teaspoon ground cloves|
|1||cup vegetable oil|
|1||cup golden brown sugar, packed|
|2/3||cup plus ¼ cup pecans, toasted and chopped|
|2/3||cup plus ¼ cup dried cherries|
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pierce potatoes with fork; place on small baking sheet. Roast potatoes until soft, about 1 hour. Cool, peel and mash potatoes. Measure 2 cups mashed potatoes; cool to lukewarm, reserving any remaining potatoes for another use. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
Butter and flour two 9-inch cake pans; line pans with parchment. Sift flour and next 7 ingredients into medium bowl; set aside. In a large bowl, combine oil, granulated sugar and brown sugar; whisk until smooth. Whisk in eggs one at a time, then add mashed sweet potatoes. Whisk in flour mixture in 3 additions. Stir in 2/3 cup pecans and 2/3 cup cherries.
Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool completely on racks.
Recipe makes one 2-layer cake.
|1||8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature|
|½||cup unsalted butter, soft|
|3 ¼||cups confectioners sugar, sifted|
|2||tablespoons pineapple-orange-banana juice concentrate|
|½||teaspoon vanilla extract|
Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in confectioners sugar, scraping down bowl often. Beat in pineapple-orange-banana juice concentrate and vanilla.
Cut around sides of pan; turn out cakes. Peel off parchment. Place 1 cake layer, flat side up, on platter. Spread ¾ cup frosting over top. Top with second cake layer, flat side down. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake.
Combine orange peel, 3 tablespoons sugar, remaining ¼ cup pecans and ¼ cup cherries in a small bowl. Stir to coat with sugar. Transfer to a sieve; sift off excess sugar. Sprinkle fruit and nut mixture decoratively over top of cake.
Chill until frosting sets, at least 2 hours. Cake can be made 1 day ahead. Cover with a cake dome; keep chilled. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving.
|¼||cup diced candied orange peel|