I wanted to try and make a healthy cake that was low in sugar, so I adapted a recipe for a sweet potato cake. The recipe was very similar to some brownies I had tried in the past that turned out really well. I felt that the cake turned out quite well – it was a little dense and dry, but that’s to be expected – but I did not love the icing. I think it was actually decent and I’m just prejudiced against avocado, but I wouldn’t make it again. The original recipe can be found here.
SWEET POTATO CAKE
- ~1 kg sweet potato
- 1 cup dates
- ¾ cup of water
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup cocoa
- pinch of salt
- 2 cups ground almonds
- 1 cup rice flour
- ¼ – ½ cup chocolate almond milk
- Preheat oven to 350F, and line a 9X13" pan with parchment paper.
- Cook sweet potato until soft. (I cut it into big chunks and used a microwave, and peeled the skin off after it had cooked.)*
- In a food processor, mix together the cooked sweet potato, dates, and water until it forms a creamy paste. Add in vanilla and honey.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the cocoa, salt, almonds, and rice flour.
- Combine the flour mixture and the potato mixture. (I did NOT use a stand mixer since it would likely break, and I used a wooden spoon since it was the only thing sturdy enough.)
- Add almond milk as needed. (I found the mix to be incredibly dry, and just kept adding milk until it got to a reasonable texture.)
*Peel the skin off before cooking the sweet potato. It will save you some time and some burnt fingertips.
- 3 avocados
- 1 really ripe banana
- 6 tbsp. honey
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- pinch of salt
- Peel the avocados and bananas, and cream in a food processor.
- Add in honey, salt, and cocoa powder.
- Add milk if you want a runnier icing
Note: I had WAY too much icing from this. I think 1.5 avocados would be more than sufficient.
To decorate the cake, I just cut the cake into 3 equalish pieces, and layered with icing and raspberries. I did some piping on the top and covered it with raspberries. Fruit is pretty magical because it can make anything look pretty.