Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Sweet Potato Cheesecake

  • 45 Minutes Prep7 Hours 30 Minutes Total
  • 16 Servings
  • 480 Calories per Serving
A baked-on nut topping and spicy sweet potato filling set this cheesecake apart from the ordinary.

Ingredient List


  • 1 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs

Crumb Topping

  • 1/2 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Heat oven to 400°F. In medium bowl, stir 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and the egg yolk until mixture forms a ball. Pat about two-thirds of the dough on bottom only of 10-inch springform pan (with side removed) to make bottom crust 1/8 inch thick.
  2. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until crust just begins to brown around edge. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F. Attach side to pan. Pat remaining dough about 1 inch up inside of pan.
  3. In medium bowl, beat sweet potatoes, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, the nutmeg and vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until blended; set aside. In large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1 cup sugar on medium speed about 1 minute or until smooth. Beat in sweet potato mixture on low speed about 1 minute or until blended. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Spoon batter into crust in pan. Place springform pan in larger pan on oven rack. Pour very hot water into larger pan to one-third the height of springform pan.
  4. Bake cheesecake about 1 hour 30 minutes, adding very hot water to larger pan as needed, until center is set.
  5. Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir flour, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Set Crumb Topping aside.
  6. Sprinkle Topping over cheesecake. Bake about 30 minutes longer or until topping is set. Remove from pan of water. Cool cheesecake 30 minutes. Loosen side from pan; remove. Refrigerate uncovered 3 to 4 hours or until chilled. Store covered in refrigerator.


  • Use 2 cups canned pumpkin instead of cooking and mashing the sweet potatoes.
  • Serve this rich dessert on plates dusted with cinnamon.
  • One of the earliest recipes for cheesecake appeared in a Philadelphia cookbook published during the 1850s. African-American caterers, well-known in the city for their culinary expertise, were very likely to have included their personal version of the cream cheese dessert on social event menus.

Nutrition Information

Daily Values (Amount per serving)

Total Fat 33g 0%, Saturated Fat 17g 0%, Cholesterol 140mg 0%, Sodium 220mg 0%, Potassium NC*, Total Carbohydrate 39g 0%, Dietary Fiber 2g 0%, Vitamin A 86%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 6%, Iron 10%, Vitamin D 0%, Vitamin E 0%, Thiamin 0%, Riboflavin 0%, Niacin 0%, Vitamin B6 0%, Folic Acid 0%, Vitamin B12 0%, Pantothenic Acid 0%, Phosphorus 0%, Magnesium 0%, Zinc 0%, Selenium 0%, Copper 0%, Manganese 0%

Other Nutrients (Amount per serving)

Calories 480, Calories from Fat 295, Trans Fat NC*, Monounsaturated Fat NC*, Polyunsaturated Fat NC*, Soluble Fiber NC*, Insoluble Fiber NC*, Sugars NC*, Protein 7g, Beta-Carotene NC*, Omega-3 NC*, Carbohydrate Choice 2 1/2, Starch 2, Fruit 0, Other Carbohydrate 1/2, Skim Milk 0, Low-Fat Milk 0, Milk 0, Vegetable 0, Very Lean Meat 0, Lean Meat 0, Medium-Fat Meat 0, High-Fat Meat 0, Fat 6 1/2

* NC indicates a nutritional value has not been calculated, which is typically due to either insufficient nutritional data for an ingredient or an incomplete analysis.