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Sweet Potato Coffee Cake

Sweet Potato Coffee Cake

One of my favorite childhood memories involves my mom’s amazing coffee cake. She makes the very best coffee cake in the world, and it’s one of those recipes that everyone always asks for. And while I think it’s just perfect and a great tasty treat, I have always been keen to try my hand at my own recipe for coffee cake.

sweet potato coffee cake hero image

A few years ago, I was mistakenly diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and I spent a long time trying to turn my favorite recipes into gluten free versions. I came up with a really yummy GF Coffee Cake recipe using sweet potatoes, and it was out of this world amazing. And while I still avoid gluten for the most part, I do occasionally like to indulge myself with the real thing.

So today, I am sharing my favorite Sweet Potato Coffee Cake recipe for you to enjoy.

Sweet potato coffee cake on a plate

This recipe can be a bit involved, but it really isn’t difficult. There are a lot of ingredients that combine to make this really special. I usually make it whenever I’ve recently made sweet potatoes, as it’s super easy to just use leftovers or cook one or two extra ones.

butter and sugar in a metal bowl

The first step is to combine all of your wet ingredients. The butter and two kinds of sugar get creamed together before adding in the rest of your wets, including the sweet potatoes!

wet ingredient mixture in metal mixing bowl

This forms a really lovely looking batter with flecks of orange reminiscent of carrot cake batter. In fact, I’ve been known to sometimes add a few shredded carrots to the mixture with great results!

coffee cake batter

Once your wet ingredients are combined, you can add in all of your dry ingredients. I don’t bother to mix them separately – I just throw them all into the batter and use a hand mixer to combine them.

streusel batter

I do, however, get a separate bowl out to combine my streusel ingredients. Just throw them all together and form a loose, gravelly mixture. It doesn’t have to be perfect at all.

dry baking ingredients in glass bowl

Now, grease up your favorite 9 inch springform pan and add in half of your cake batter. Top it with a layer of half the streusel. Then add the other half of your batter and top it with the final half of the streusel.

cake mixture in pan

Top the entire cake mix with a layer of toasted pecans. Almonds or other nuts will work as well, but I do love some pecans.

unbaked coffee cake mixture

Bake the cake at 350 degrees for about an hour. If you find your pecans are burning, you can add a little foil on top to protect them, but I’ve found the cake is usually done before that happens.

Sweet potato coffee cake on a plate

And there you have it. A delicious and moist, yet crumbly and textured Sweet Potato Coffee Cake! It’s absolutely incredible and will really blow your mind!

Sweet potato coffee cake on a plate

And while I do love telling people that this recipe includes sweet potatoes, you might want to try changing it up with pumpkin or even butternut squash! The tastes would be slightly different, but it might make for an even more amazing cake!

a slice of Sweet potato coffee cake on a plate

I try to get 12 full slices out of it when I make it, but you could definitely get more. It’s very rich and filling, so a little goes a very long way!

Sweet potato coffee cake on a plate

Sweet Potato Coffee Cake

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

If you enjoy coffee cake, you HAVE to try this Sweet Potato Coffee Cake! It's super moist, and it has layers of streusel to make it extra decadent!


  • Cake
  • 1/2 C softened butter
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 1/4 C packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 C sour cream
  • 1 C cooked, mashed sweet potato
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 C all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (optional)
  • Streusel
  • 4 TBSP melted butter
  • ½ C flour
  • ¼ C packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 C toasted pecans


  1. Mix the softened butter, sugar and brown sugar in a bowl until combined.

  2. Add in the eggs and cream them all together.

  3. Add in the sour cream, mashed sweet potato and vanilla extract and combine all ingredients together until there’s a creamy looking soup mixture.

  4. Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, stirring until you have formed a thick batter. Then add the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice and stir some more.

  5. In a separate bowl, mix the melted butter, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon to form a crumbly streusel mixture.

  6. Pour half of the cake batter into a greased springform pan.

  7. Take half of the streusel mixture and sprinkle it across the top of the batter, making sure it is well distributed.

  8. Add the rest of the cake batter on top and then crumble the rest of the streusel mixture on top of that again.

  9. Chop up some toasted pecans and sprinkle them over the top of the entire mixture.

  10. Place the pan in an oven at 350 F and let it bake for about an hour.

  11. It is ready when a metal knife stuck in the center comes out clean.


This recipe is great if you have leftover sweet potatoes from the holidays or any time of year.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 400Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 330mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 5g

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