4.25 from 4 votes

Lightened up Sweet Potato Bread with Cream Cheese Icing

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Author Layla


  • 1 cup cooked mashed sweet potatoes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce or vegetable oil or butter
  • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt or sour cream, or buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • pinch salt optional and to taste

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered confectioners' sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray one 9-by-5-inch loaf pan or two 8-by-4-inch loaf pans, or a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray or grease and flour; set aside.

  • To Cook Potatoes (skip if using canned sweet potato): Scrub potato thoroughly and prick several times with a fork. Place on a plate. Cook on full power in the microwave for 5 minutes. Turn over and continue to cook for 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Slice in half and scrape flesh from the inside of the potato into a large bowl.

  • In the same large bowl, add all the wet ingredients to the sweet potatoes. Mix to combine. add all the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon just until combine.

  • Pour batter out into prepared pan(s), smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes for a 9x5 pan, top is golden, or toothpick inserted comes out clean. If making in muffin pans bake only 20 minutes. Cool for at least 20 minutes before icing.

  • To make cream cheese icing:
  • Beat the softened cream cheese and butter together until soft and creamy. Add powdered sugar and beat until thick and combined. Add milk and beat on medium speed for 2 more minutes. Spread or drizzle the frosting on the cooled bread.