Sweet Potato Bread with Buttermilk-Lime Icing Recipe

Sweet Potato Bread with Buttermilk-Lime Icing
Hector Manuel Sanchez
20 Minutes
1 Hour, 20 Minutes


Serves 16 (serving size: 1 slice)

Try this spicy treat as an alternative to pumpkin bread. Serve it unadorned for every day or topped with this tangy icing for something extra special.

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  • Salted butter, for greasing pan
  • 1 3/4 cups cups (about 7 oz.) self-rising flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/3 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup mashed roasted sweet potato
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature


  • 2 1/2 cups (about 8 1⁄2 oz.) sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of kosher salt

How to Make

  1. Prepare the Bread: Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch loaf pan with butter, and set aside. Combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, baking powder, cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Whisk together brown sugar, sweet potato, oil, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a separate bowl until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, to brown sugar mixture, whisking to combine after each addition. Slowly add brown sugar mixture to flour mixture, whisking constantly until well combined.
  2. Transfer batter to prepared loaf pan. Bake on middle rack in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Remove bread from oven; cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes.
  3. Prepare the Icing: Whisk together powdered sugar, buttermilk, lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and pinch of salt in a medium bowl until smooth.
  4. Remove bread from pan, and cool on wire rack. Drizzle bread with icing while bread is still warm.