Sage-Flecked Thanksgiving Sweet Potato-Apple Cake with Caramel-Bacon Crème Recipe

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The down-home, yet elegant harvest tastes of sweet potatoes, apples, sage, caramel and even a bit of bacon, red pepper and spice combine in an extravaganza of Thanksgiving flavors and textures. A marvelous finale to any dinner - regardless of season.

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Servings: 16


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour (or spray with a nonstick baking spray that contains flour) a 12-cup bundt or tube cake pan.
  2. Place sugar and sage leaves into the work bowl of a food processor; process until well blended, using on/off bursts (sage should be very small flecks within the sugar mixture); remove and reserve.
  3. Stir together the flour, spice, red pepper, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Reserve.
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat the oil, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Add the flour mixture and the sugar mixture, blending well – batter will be stiff at this point. Add the apples, sweet potatoes and pecans, mixing just until blended.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, gently tapping the filled pan on the counter a few times. Bake in the preheated oven until a wooden skewer inserted near the center comes out clean, about 90 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, in a food processor, blender or electric mixer combine whipping cream, sour cream and caramel topping. Beat or process for 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Reserve in refrigerator (bacon will be added just prior to serving).
  7. Let the cake cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then invert onto a plate. Let cool completely before slicing. Add bacon to topping, then serve cake with a dollop of topping and garnish with fresh sage leaves and apple slices, if desired. Makes 18 servings.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 104g
Recipe makes 16 servings
Calories 391  
Calories from Fat 157 40%
Total Fat 17.9g 22%
Saturated Fat 3.39g 14%
Trans Fat 0.04g  
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 275mg 11%
Potassium 111mg 3%
Total Carbs 54.51g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1.3g 4%
Sugars 32.22g 21%
Protein 4.3g 7%
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  • Midwest Cook
    October 27, 2008
    Janice, you always have the most amazing recipes! You have my vote and I will pass on the info to others. Good luck!!

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