Potato cakes are very popular since they are easy to make and very delicious. They turn the ordinary mashed potato dish and put a spin on it, making it a buttery treat that everyone knows and loves. A great way to put a new twist to this delicious dish is by using sweet potatoes.
Follow these simple steps and create your own sweet potato cake.
- 2 and ½ cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons of ground nutmeg
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 and ½ cups or 3 sticks of margarine
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 2 and ½ cups of mashed and cooked sweet potatoes
- ½ cup of drained crushed pineapple
- 1 cup of raisins
- 1 cup of chopped walnuts
Cream cheese icing ingredients:
- 16 ounces of softened cream cheese
- 1/3 cup of softened butter
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 3 cups of confectioners’ sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust the rack to the center of the oven. Grease and flour 2 9-inch pans or 3 8-inch pans and set them aside.
- Stir the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and granulated sugar together in a large bowl. Using a mixer, beat the cream margarine and brown sugar on low speed. Increase the speed to medium and beat until it is well-combined. You can then gradually add the dry ingredients and beat them on low speed. Add the eggs one at a time. Beat well after adding each egg and scrape down the sides of the bowl after each. Add the vanilla, sweet potatoes, pineapple, raisins and walnuts and blend them together at a low speed.
- Pour the batter into the pans and smoothen the surface using a metal spatula. Bake for about 1 hour or 1 hour and 10 minutes. Test it by touching the center of the cake; if it springs back, it is ready. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then invert it onto a rack for it to cool completely.
- To prepare the icing, beat the cream cheese and butter on medium speed in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until it is smooth. Add the vanilla and gradually add the sugar while beating on low speed.
- Place 1 cake layer with the top side down on a cake platter. Spread a layer of the cream cheese frosting over the top of the cake evenly using a metal spatula. Place the next layer on top with the rounded side up and frost the top and sides of the cake. Refrigerate the cake for roughly an hour to set the layers. You may then sprinkle walnuts on top of the cake should you desire to do so.
There have been a number of various chocolate cake recipes that use ingredients that are unconventional and out of the ordinary. One of these unusual ingredients that you can use to make a chocolate cake is potatoes. Now it might seem odd to use potatoes to make a chocolate cake; however, they prove to be useful and practical. You can use potatoes to add body to the cake. It also gives you the convenience of not needing to frost it and it allows you to leave it in the pan after you bake it. Potatoes help keep the cake moist without adding any flavor to it.
If you opt to start from scratch and boil the potatoes yourself, be sure not to add salt, milk or butter to the water and the mashed potatoes. It is also recommended that you use a potato ricer or a food mill to mash the potatoes to perfection so that there are no lumps left. You can also use instant mashed potatoes as long as you make them only with water. Do not add milk, butter or salt.
You can follow this recipe to create your own chocolate potato cake.
- 1 cup of hot, unseasoned mashed potatoes with no lumps
- 1 cup of lukewarm water
- 2 cups of sifted all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup of unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
- 2 and ¼ teaspoons of baking powder
- 2 teaspoons of instant coffee granules (optional)
- A pinch of salt
- 1 cup of miniature chocolate chips (optional)
- 2/3 cup of softened unsalted butter
- 2 cups of granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 4 large eggs
- Confectioners’ sugar optional for serving
- Adjust the oven rack to the center and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Get a 13 by 9 inch baking pan and grease it at least 1 and ½ inches deep with solid vegetable shortening. Flour the pan lightly.
- Place the mashed potatoes into a medium sized bowl and gradually stir in water with a small whisk. Beat the mixture only until it forms a smooth mixture and no more than that. Cool it until it is lukewarm.
- Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and the optional coffee granules. If you want to put the chocolate chips, place them in a small bowl with 1 tablespoon of the sifted ingredients and stir well until the chips are coated and set them aside.
- If available, fit a paddle beater into the electric mixer. In its bowl, combine the butter, sugar and vanilla and beat at a low speed to blend. Next, beat it for 2 minutes at medium speed. Scrape the bowl and beater(s) down with a rubber spatula once or twice. Add the eggs, 2 at a time, and beat at a low speed until it is blended. Scrape the bowl and beater(s) again with the rubber spatula. Beat 1 minute more at a medium speed.
- Add the sifted ingredients in 3 additions at the lowest speed. Add the mashed potato-water mixture in two additions. Scrape the bowl and beater(s) occasionally with the rubber spatula. Remove the bowl from the mixer.
- Add the chips along with the remaining sifted dry ingredients in the bowl. Fold it in with the rubber spatula until it is evenly distributed.
- Turn the batter into the pan and spread it evenly. Make sure the batter is pushed into the corners. Run the batter slightly higher along the edges of the pan.
- Insert a toothpick near the center before putting it in the oven. Bake it in the preheated oven for about 27 to 32 minutes. Remember to turn the pan back-to-front halfway during baking. The cake is done once the toothpick inserted near the center emerges with moist crumbs clinging to it. Do not over bake.
- The cake center will rise higher than the edges when you bake the cake. The center will fall slightly during the cooling of the cake. You can opt to sift confectioners’ sugar on the top before you serve the cakes.
Potato cakes are popular since they make for a great alternative to the plain, old, boring and regular mashed potatoes. Although it may require more effort to prepare than regular mashed potatoes, potato cakes can be more fun since it has a lot of variations.
Potato Cakes are very easy to do but may require close attention when being prepared and cooked. An easier way to make these is by baking them. Using only a few ingredients, it is really easy to make and prepare and it will give you a rewarding and delicious treat.
This recipe will help you in making your own baked potato cakes.
- 350 grams of cooked potatoes that are good and firm for mashing
- 50 grams of butter
- 80 grams of flour
- To be hygienic and safe, remove all jewelry and wash your hands thoroughly.
- Boil the potatoes and drain. Allow them to cool fully as you can’t make potato cakes with hot potatoes.
- Preheat the oven to 180c (fan)/200c/Gas Mark 5.
- Mash the potatoes well until there are no solid chunks of potato left. Lumps will appear in the next step if you do not mash the potatoes well so put every effort into it. Mix it with butter.
- Add the flour and mix it together thoroughly.
- Using your hands, form the dough into a ball.
- Roll out the potato dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 0.5 cm thick.
- Trim the edges off to your desired shape. Gather the trimmed edges so you can use them again and re-roll.
- Cut the pieces into individual cakes and place them neatly on a lined baking tray.
- Bake them in the oven for about 18-20 minutes until they turn lightly golden brown both on top and underneath.
- Allow them to cool on the tray a little before transferring them on a wire rack to cool completely.
- You can put butter when serving the cakes. They can be reheated either in the toaster or under the grill.
- If you made too many to consume immediately, put them in an airtight container and place them in the freezer. Defrost whenever you want to eat some.
Do you ever get tired of having the same thing over and over again for dinner? Have you ever wanted to experiment a little to make a new dish? Wouldn’t it be great if you could do so while making use of something that’s left over from yesterday’s dinner? Mashed Potato Cakes are the answer to these questions. Making a Mashed Potato Cake is a perfect way to try to change the same old boring mashed potato dish.
Making a Mashed Potato Cake is fairly easy but will require some patience. The total time you need to prepare a Mashed Potato Cake is roughly around 25 minutes: 5 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook. This recipe will be enough for about 4 servings.
- 2 cups of mashed potatoes
- If you will be using leftover potatoes to make into cakes, do not add additional milk or butter to the mashed potatoes or else your cakes will become too loose to form properly
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- ½ cup of all-purpose flour for dredging onto cakes
- 1 and ½ teaspoons of kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
- Onion (optional)
- Cheese (optional)
- Chives (optional)
- Sour cream or applesauce for garnishing (optional)
- Before anything else, remove all of your jewelry and wash your hands thoroughly.
- If you would like to put chives, onion and cheese in your mashed potato cakes, grate them finely and mix them thoroughly with the mashed potatoes.
- Divide the mashed potatoes into 8 equal portions and use your hands to form them individually into ½ inch thick patties.
- Use a nonstick skillet to heat the oil with the butter over a medium high heat until it is almost smoking.
- Mix the flour with the salt and pepper in a pie plate.
- Coat the patties you have made with the flour mixture and carefully place the potato cakes into the pan.
- Reduce the heat to medium low and cook until it is golden brown for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Turn and cook the other side.
- Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve and enjoy!
When given the opportunity, people would tend to prefer different kinds of food to try every now and then. Although there are a multitude of food options around us every day, sometimes they feel limited and boring and that would lead us to trying out something new in our own kitchens. Aside from trying to cook up something different, it is also better if we could do so while using ingredients that aren’t too complex to prepare.
A Potato Cake may be the solution when you are craving for something else to eat. The term “Potato Cake” varies depending on your location. In the United States, Potato Cakes often refer to a patty of hashed potatoes, something that is very similar to hash brown. It is very practical to get since it is available pre-made and frozen in supermarkets. Down in the southern U.S., Potato Cakes refer to Potato Pancakes. On the other hand, the term “Potato Pancakes” in the United Kingdom refers to a cake which is typically eaten raw – basically something that is far from a hash brown.
Deep fried Potato Cakes in Australia are usually sold in fish and chip shops and takeaway food shops and stalls. Potato cakes in New South Wales are referred to as Potato Scallops. However, across the Southern states of Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, the term “potato cakes” is used. In Western Australia and in Queensland, they are referred to as Potato Scallop and Potato Fritter, respectively.
Here is a Potato Cake recipe to help you make your own.
- Cooled and mashed potatoes
- Roughly half of a very large onion (grated)
- Cheese (grated)
- One egg (lightly beaten)
- Salt and pepper added to own taste
- Plain flour for dusting
- Butter for frying
- Remove all your jewelry and thoroughly wash your hands. Hygiene comes first.
- Mash the cooled potatoes, preferably with a fork, until no more large bits of potatoes are left.
- Grate the onion into fine pieces. Wash the grater and grate the cheese next.
- Add the grated onion and cheese to the mashed potatoes. Sprinkle your desired amount of salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
- Pour the beaten egg into the mix to bind the whole mixture together. Mix well.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and don’t dry them completely so that the dough won’t stick to your hands. After this, scoop a small amount of the dough into your hand then form it into a ball shape and flatten. Dust it with a bit of plain flour and place on a plate.
- Repeat step 6 until you use up all of the dough that you prepared.
- Melt some butter in your frying pan and gently place the potato cakes into the pan. Fry it until it is golden brown. Turn it over to cook the other side.
- Serve and enjoy.