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Sylvia's Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Sylvia Woods and Splenda Team Up

GMA Recipes Brunch
Servings:Over 8
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Sylvia Woods is perhaps New York's most famous soul food chef. In fact, she's been crowned the "queen of soul food," a cuisine that is not generally known for being low calorie.

The Zagat New York City restaurant survey said that the food at Wood's Harlem restaurant is tasty and comforting, but warned: "Don't tell your doctor what you ate."

That's all changed. Woods has joined forces with Splenda and concocted some delicious, yet light treats.


  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 2 cups Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granular)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sweet potato, cooked and mashed
  • 1 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan. Sprinkle walnuts in pan; set aside.

    Combine flour, Splenda granular, baking powder, salt and soda in a large bowl; set aside.

    Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer for about two minutes or until creamy. Add sweet potatoes, buttermilk and extracts, beating until blended. Add flour mixture in thirds, beating until batter is smooth after each addition.

    Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until yellow disappears. Spoon batter into prepared pan.

    Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in the center comes our clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan, and cool on a wire rack. Remove from pan nut side up.

    Nutrition information per serving:

    Calories 300

    Calories from Fat 130

    Total Fat 15g

    Saturated Fat 8g

    Cholesterol 30mg

    Sodium 230mg

    Total Carbohydrate 33g

    Dietary Fiber 1g

    Sugars 2g

    Protein 7g

    Exchanges per serving:

    2 Starch, 3 Fat

    This recipe, when compared to a traditional recipe, has a 48 percent reduction in calories, a 65 percent reduction in carbohydrates and a 97 percent reduction in sugars.

    Sylvia Woods is a compensated spokeswoman for Splenda Corp.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: walnuts, splenda, sweet potato, vanilla

    Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert

    More Info: Low Calorie

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