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Sweet Potato Spice Cake with Orange-Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
“Reminiscent of carrot cake, this healthy treat features grated sweet potato baked into a spiced batter and topped with cream-cheese frosting. The whole-wheat pastry flour gives the cake a very light texture. If you can't find it, substitute half all-purpose flour and half white whole-wheat flour.”
1Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat two 8-inch round pans with cooking spray; line the bottoms with parchment paper.
2Combine flour, 1 tablespoon orange zest, baking powder, cardamom, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ginger, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Beat eggs, brown sugar, buttermilk, oil and vanilla in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until well combined, about 1 minute. Add sweet potato and the flour mixture; beat for 1 minute more. Divide the batter between the prepared pans.
3Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Turn out onto the rack and let cool completely, about 45 minutes.
4Combine cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, yogurt and orange zest in a medium mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
5Place one cake layer on a serving platter and spread with ½ cup frosting. Top with the remaining cake layer and spread the remaining frosting on top. Sprinkle with pecans and cinnamon.
To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Equipment: Two 8-inch round cake pans, parchment paper