Sweet Potato Bars With Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

A square slice of a sweet potato bar topped with white icing on a small plate

Sweet Potato Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting

A lovely recipe for Sweet Potato Bars with a sweet cream cheese frosting and infused with the delicious taste of maple syrup.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 20 bars
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

BARS

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 15 oz canned sweet potatoes drained
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

ICING

  • 8- ounce cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

BARS

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan and set aside.
  • Place the eggs, sugar, oil and sweet potatoes in a large bowl and mix with an electric mixer set to medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • In another large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet sweet potato mixture and mix at a low speed until completely combined, about 3 minutes.
  • Spread the batter out onto the baking pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Let cool completely before frosting.

ICING

  • Combine the cream cheese and the butter in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the confectioners' sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the maple syrup and the vanilla and mix again.
  • Spread over the entire cake.
  • Cut into bars and serve.

These Sweet Potato Bars with a sweet cream cheese frosting which is infused with the delicious taste of maple syrup.  It’s a favorite recipe around our house and one that  speaks of comfort food, which I happen to be craving right now.

A square slice of a sweet potato bar topped with white icing on a small plate

I make Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Bars recipe quite often this time of year.  It’s definitely a favorite recipe here at our house.  I used her basic pumpkin bars recipe and altered it a little bit.  I decided to substitute sweet potatoes for the pumpkin in this recipe and I’m so glad I did!  The sweet potatoes were a nice change and the maple flavor in the cream cheese frosting was perfect.  These bars certainly didn’t last long at our house.  As my college-age children arrived home one by one, these bars were quickly devoured.

Sweet potato bars topped with white frosting in a baking dish on a cooling rack

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