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Sweet Potato Cake with Vegan Buttercream
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Sweet Potato Cake with Vegan Buttercream
This spiced cake with layers of fluffy vegan buttercream is easily our favorite thing about fall. With two layers of moist, spiced cake and a creamy topping with coconut and pecans, this delightful dessert makes the perfect finish for a filling holiday meal. Plus, the sweet smell of everyone's favorite autumn spices will warm your home as it bakes. For more superb seasonal recipes, check out the VegNews Recipe Roundup of our 7 Fall Favorites on VegNews.com.
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Makes two 8-inch cake layers
What You Need:
For the cake batter:
3 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
1-1/4 cups unbleached cane sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 15-ounce can sweet potato purée
1 cup water
1/4 cup safflower oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla

For the vanilla buttercream:
2/3 cup margarine
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup almond milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted and divided
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted and divided
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What You Do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two 8-inch cake pans. For the batter, in a large bowl whisk together pastry flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Add sweet potato purée, water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla and whisk well to form a smooth batter.

2. Evenly divide cake batter between prepared cake pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool for 15 minutes in pans. Transfer to a wire rack, let cool 10 minutes, remove from cake pans, and allow to cool completely before frosting.

3. For the vanilla buttercream, in a large bowl beat margarine with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. With beaters going, slowly add powdered sugar, almond milk, and vanilla, and beat for 2 to 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat an additional 30 seconds. For the filling, transfer one-third of the frosting to a small bowl, add 1/4 cup each toasted coconut and pecans, and stir well to combine.

4. To assemble cake, place one cake layer on serving platter. Spread the filling evenly on first layer. Place remaining cake layer on top. Frost the sides and top of the layer cake with frosting, as desired, and then sprinkle the remaining toasted coconut and pecans over the top.
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