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Sweet Potato Cake

Sweet Potato Cake

No matter how hard it is, or how hard it gets, I’m going to make it

Les Brown

 

With 2017 quickly coming to a close, we all start to reflect on our year, and begin to look toward the next one.  Looking toward the new year, we begin to set goals for ourselves, or as majority of us reference these as “new year’s resolutions”.  I personally, do not like to call my goals “new years resolutions”, because I feel far too many times the resolution is not used as a  goal, it’s used to help us feel better about ourselves going into the new year.  Let’s be real, majority of people never keep their resolutions, this will also make us feel better when, we too, dismiss them after a few short months.

Instead of trying to set a dozen different goals, narrow the list down to one or two specific (realistic) things you wish to achieve in the year(s) to come.  With only one to two goals to drive for, that just means there is more time and energy to go into those specific ideas.  The quote above by Les Brown should be over the doorway of everyone’s house to see before they step outside.  Set a plan, start to take action, and put aside the desire to obtain instant gratification.  Realize that in order to achieve the specific goal set before you, there has to be work involved.  Yes, I said it, that awful word that nobody likes to see…WORK.  Effort…time…this has to happen.  We also have to be okay with the fact that some goals may take much longer than a year, however, we are all wired with a drive inside us as human beings to achieve what we set out to do.  Also know, that with the continuous work, effort and time, there will most likely be set backs, but do not allow this to derail the path.  Use set backs as learning opportunities to better ourselves and the future.

Recently, I started to read a book called Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson , there is one quote used a few times in this book by Winston Churchill, “To each there comes in there lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents.  What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour“.  What if that particular goal that has been a desire of your heart for far too long is that figurative “shoulder tap”, signalling you to prepare yourself for what the future could hold.  Take these last few weeks of 2017 as an opportunity to focus on what the next plan of action should be for yourself, and begin to set the path for the future.

 

Some of the best “goal setting” moments come to me when my husband and I are discussing our goals over a slice of cake, like my sweet potato cake I have featured below.

 

Sweet Potato Cake

Sweet Potato Cake

Ingredients

  • 254 g White Sugar
  • 200 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter (room temp)
  • 5 Eggs
  • 380 g A/P Flour
  • 1 TBSP Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 C. Buttermilk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 285 g Baked Sweet Potato (peeled and cooled)

Instructions

  1. Prepare two 8" round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray, set aside
  2. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars
  3. Add eggs one at a time to butter/sugar mix
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients
  5. In a liquid measuring cup, combine buttermilk and vanilla extract
  6. Alternating, add dry ingredients and liquid ingredients, to sugar mixture, a third at a time
  7. Halfway through, stop the mixer, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure all ingredients are well combined
  8. Add sweet potato to cake batter
  9. Divide batter evenly between the two cake pans
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean
  11. Once cakes are cooled, decorate with your favorite cream cheese icing
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