Sweet potato cake for Mother’s Day
Firstly, if you live in the USA – don’t panic. You haven’t forgotten Mother’s Day. We celebrate it on a different day in the UK, always exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday. This year I decided to bake my dear old mum a sweet potato cake from Warren Brown’s splendid United Cakes of America book. I first went to one of Warren’s CakeLove bakeries in DC a couple of years ago while visting my Arlington-dwelling brother and sister-in-law, so I was extremely chuffed when they gave me his book as a present last year.
This compendium of mouth-watering recipes is broken down state by state, including everything from Maryland’s Smith Island Cake to Hawaiian Coconut cake, but most of my favourite recipes come from The South. Sweet potato cake is the recipe for Louisiana because, as ludicrous as it sounds, this bright orange tuber is the ‘state vegetable’ of Louisiana.
Teamed with canned-milk cream cheese frosting, this is one hell of a rich cake and it’s not the quickest recipe in the world, but it’s definitely worth the effort. If you haven’t got the book already, I highly recommend that you seek it out.