Betty Grove of Baltimore requested a recipe for sweet potato cake, and Doris Williams of Bel Air responded with a recipe for one of her favorite cakes.
Ms. Williams says she lived in Connecticut where she helped care for a child with muscular dystrophy. Occasionally, he would bring her sweet potato cake. "He wanted me to taste it," she says. "And I loved it," she said, and asked him for his mother's recipe.
"It is good even without an icing," she says. "It's crispy on top if you use a tube pan. It's so moist and delicious," she says.
Sweet potato cake 2 cups sugar
3/4 cup oil
4 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 1/2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cup grated raw sweet potato
1 cup chopped nuts, (pecans, walnuts, etc.)
Mix sugar, oil, water, vanilla, eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add flour and baking powder and beat well. Stir in sweet potato and nuts. Pour into a 12-ounce tube pan or bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for
55 to 65 minutes, depending on oven. Test with a toothpick for doneness.
Chef Syglowski, with the help of chefs and students at the Baltimore International Culinary College, tested these recipes.
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