Sweet Potato Cakes

Although Sweet Potatoes in Orange Cups is a tried and true dish to serve at Thanksgiving, this year we wanted to try making something a little bit different. Sweet Potato Cakes are the perfect solution for the members of my family who just can’t deal with yet another year of a sweet potato side dish topped with marshmallows.

Sweet Potatoes are so naturally sweet this entire recipe only calls for one tablespoon of brown sugar, which is a win. It’s a sweet potato for the people who don’t love the super sweet casseroles that typically adorn the Thanksgiving table. I for one, love those, but it’s good to have options! 

I love this recipe too because it doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving or Christmas to make these. If you have a bunch of sweet potatoes that you’re not sure what to do with, it’s a great go-to. It’s super easy and requires very little time spent actually cooking. Pop them in the oven for an hour and get some other things done while they bake! Then just mash them up, saute and boom — delicious Sweet Potato Cakes ready to go!

If sweet potatoes aren’t your “thing”, you can make Mashed Potato Pancakes which are similar to this recipe, but made with regular potatoes. My kids love them! But if sweet potatoes are your favorite, you’ve come to the right place. I have so many sweet potato recipes for you to try like Sweet Potato PancakesMini Sweet Potato Muffins or Potato Packets.

Whether you decide to make these Sweet Potato Cakes for Thanksgiving or any time during the fall or winter, they are guaranteed to be a sure fire hit!

Sweet Potato Cakes

Prep Time 1 hr 50 mins
Cook Time 16 mins


  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups panko or bread crumbs, divided
  • vegetable or canola oil, as needed


  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Poke a few holes in the sweet potatoes and bake for 1 hour.
  • Remove and discard the skins from the potatoes, mash flesh in a bowl and allow to cool.
  • Mix the egg, cinnamon, sugar, salt, and ½ cup of panko or bread crumbs into the sweet potatoes.
  • Place the remaining 1 1/2 cups of panko or bread crumbs in a separate bowl.
  • For each cake, coat 2 tablespoons of the mixture with the panko and shape into small patties.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a skillet over medium heat and place the patties into the skillet.
  • Pan-fry for 4 minutes on each side until golden.*
  • Continue to pan-fry the remaining cakes with oil as needed.
  • Serve.


* Sweet Potato Cakes can be kept warm in a 250-degree oven until ready to serve.