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5 from 2 votes

Golden Yam Cake

This Golden Yam Cake has an extremely moist and delicate texture and is topped with a simple powdered sugar icing that complements it perfectly. This unique cake is one of the most requested desserts in my kitchen!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 464kcal



  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small red-skinned yam peeled and shredded (approximately 2 cups)


  • 1 1/2 cup powdered confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter softened
  • 3 tablespoons milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9"x13" inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Use a spoon to stir the dry mixture into the batter just until blended. Fold in the shredded yam. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly for 5 to 10 minutes before icing. 
  • With your hand mixer, mix together the powdered sugar, butter, and milk until smooth. Spread over the cake while still warm.
  • Adapted from Allrecipes.com


Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 347mg | Potassium: 597mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 837IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 198mg | Iron: 1mg