Sweet Potato Bars With Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

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

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.

Why This Recipe Works

  • This recipe is altered from a Pumpkin Bars Recipe that I've used for years. The sweet potatoes were a nice change and the maple flavor in the cream cheese frosting was perfect.
  • They're super moist.

Ingredient Notes

See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

For The Sweet Potato Bars

  • Eggs: For structure.
  • Sugar: Use granulated sugar.
  • Canola oil: This adds moisture to the cake bars. You can use vegetable oil or another light tasting oil instead.
  • Sweet potatoes: Use canned sweet potatoes.
  • Flour: Use all-purpose or plain flour.
  • Baking powder and baking soda: These are leavening agents that cause the batter to rise when baked.
  • Cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg: For flavor.

For The Icing

  • Cream cheese: Use either full or low fat.
  • Butter: Use softened salted butter.
  • Confectioners' sugar: Adds a wonderful sweet flavor to the frosting.
  • Vanilla extract and maple syrup: For flavor.

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

How To Make This Recipe

To Make The Bars

  1. 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.
  2. In another large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.
  3. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet sweet potato mixture and mix at a low speed until completely combined, about 3 minutes.
  4. Spread the batter out onto the baking pan.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Let cool completely before frosting.

To Make The Icing

  1. Combine the cream cheese and the butter in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until smooth.
  2. Add the confectioners' sugar and mix at low speed until combined.
  3. Stir in the maple syrup and the vanilla and mix again.
  4. Spread over the entire cake.

Expert Tips

  • Measure your flour correctly. Adding too much flour to this recipe is the most common mistake. Don’t scoop the flour with a measuring cup. Instead, stir the flour first to loosen it and then spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level it off using the flat edge of a knife.
  • Top your bars with sprinkles to make them more festive.
  • To make Sweet Potato Bars a little more decadent, add a handful of chocolate chips to the batter.
  • Keep the frosted bars in the refrigerator, covered for up to 5 days.

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

If you're looking for a small batch of Pumpkin Bars, you can find that recipe as well as many other single serving recipes by visiting our One Dish Kitchen site. 

Enjoy!

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.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
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.

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