Vanilla Sweet Potato Casserole

This vanilla sweet potato casserole is a modern spin on the classic Thanksgiving casserole. Lightly sweet, full of vanilla flavor and ready in just 30 minutes!

This vanilla sweet potato casserole is a modern spin on the classic Thanksgiving casserole. Lightly sweet, full of vanilla flavor and ready in just 30 minutes!

I was compensated by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas for my time in developing this recipe and post. 

When I was a kid I wouldn’t touch sweet potatoes with a ten-foot pole. My parents would claim they were just as delicious as regular potatoes but I could not be fooled. Then my dad tried to bake them, cover them in brown sugar and cinnamon and I still would have none of their tomfooleries. Finally, they gave up and I went back to happily eating my white potatoes. Plus, the sweet potatoes that were always at Thanksgiving were from a can and just covered in marshmallows. I took a bite once and I all tasted was sugar. Listen, I’m all for sugary sweetness but I want flavor too. Sugar is not flavor.

This vanilla sweet potato casserole is a modern spin on the classic Thanksgiving casserole. Lightly sweet, full of vanilla flavor and ready in just 30 minutes!

Fast forward to now and I’m pretty much in love with sweet potatoes. I’m not sure what was wrong with my child self but I was insane. Who doesn’t like sweet potatoes? (Especially when they are in the form of chipotle bbq pulled pork stuffed sweet potatoes!) They really are just as delicious as white potatoes. Don’t worry I will never not love regular potatoes because of carbs for life. Am I right?

This vanilla sweet potato casserole is a modern spin on the classic Thanksgiving casserole. Lightly sweet, full of vanilla flavor and ready in just 30 minutes!

Usually, when I make sweet potatoes I mash them with a little coconut milk and call it a day. It’s so simple and packs a ton of flavor into any dish you serve it with. However, the one thing I have not been sold on is the whole super-sweet sweet potato nonsense. It just felt they were already sweet enough so how can you add more sweetness and not get overwhelmed?

Vanilla Sweet Potato Casserole LR-1

Well, my friends, I have solved our little problem. That’s right! I have solved our sweet sweet potato problem. Instead of putting sweetness into every aspect of the dish I stuck with mostly added a nice vanilla taste to the potatoes by using Nielsen-Massey vanilla bean paste. It gives the sweet potatoes a nice flavor without being overpowering. I then topped it with Nielsen-Massey vanilla sugar, granola, and mini marshmallows. The mini marshmallows are mostly for nostalgia. You can’t serve Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole without marshmallows. I’m pretty sure there is a law against that.

This vanilla sweet potato casserole is a modern spin on the classic Thanksgiving casserole. Lightly sweet, full of vanilla flavor and ready in just 30 minutes!

48 Responses to “Butterscotch Pumpkin Bundt Cake”

  1. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 1, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Holy awesome! Loving how sticky and yummy that cake is looking. Delicious!

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    Baby June — October 1, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Love this! Butterscotch is one of my favorite flavors, but with pumpkin–that’s one amazing combo there 🙂

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — October 1, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Gorgeous! Love the thick glaze!

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    taylor @ greens & chocolate — October 1, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Bundt cakes give me anxiety attacks – what if it sticks to the pan?! This one is gorgeous, Brandy! The combo of pumpkin and butterscotch sounds like something I need to try!

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    Sheila @ Lfe, Love, and Good Fod — October 1, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Oh, my! This sounds so delicious! I love pumpkin and love the idea of adding butterscotch morsels. yum!

  6. #
    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — October 1, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Holy cow, you’ve done it again! This looks incredible!

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — October 1, 2014 at 7:46 am

    yup, see. . freaking page from Bon Appetit magazine right here. Just gorgeous, Brandy. and yes, I think everyone suffers from the “is this damn cake going to release ok from this bundt pan and ah please don’t drack!” syndrome when inverting the pan and getting the darn cake out. You are not alone. You are so not alone. love and pinned and I seriously am going to try this one!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — October 1, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Pumpkin and butterscotch make me one happy human. And then you added glaze and now I want to marry you for it.
    Also, GOLD STAR x 10 for waiting to bring out the pumpkin! Pinned!

  9. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — October 1, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I’m loving your photos! This cake is right up my alley!

  10. #
    Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me — October 1, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Gorgeous as always, but you have out done yourself. I want a slice of this right now!

  11. #
    Amanda @The Kitcheneer — October 1, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I have been on a bundt cake frenzy lately..because I have never attempted one and I am curious. I think I might give this one a go! Looks incredible!

  12. #
    Liz — October 1, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Pumpkin AND butterscotch? This is one amazing Bundt cake!!!

  13. #
    Heather // girlichef — October 1, 2014 at 8:49 am

    You’re killin’ me Smalls! That inside is just screaming my name…my cheeks are tingling…my stomach is rumbling. And yes, I always do a little happy dance when a bundt releases cleanly!

  14. #
    Nicole — October 1, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Oh my! The bad thing is that I have all of the ingredients to make this cake.

  15. #
    Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog — October 1, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Yuuumm — someone pass me a fork please!! I love how you can see the specks of vanilla in the glaze 🙂

  16. #
    Becca from It's Yummi! — October 1, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Oh my GOSH… that thick blanket of icing is just crazy awesome!

  17. #
    Deborah — October 1, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Seriously wishing I had a slice for breakfast right now!!

  18. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — October 1, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I waited until October to share anything pumpkin too and I think we’re better for it! Because now, I just am DYING for a slice of this cake!

  19. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — October 1, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Such a gorgeous cake! Love the butterscotch pumpkin combo!

  20. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — October 1, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I get nervous using bundt pans too – you’re not alone! Congrats on holding off until October for the pumpkin – I tried and failed 😉 Love this cake!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — October 1, 2014 at 11:22 am

    you mentioned the fear of cake falling apart – it actually did fall apart this weekend when i made this ‘rum raisin bundt cake’ – i did have to make some adjustments and it came out perfectly. ..i am holding off until pumpkin too but i think this weekend, something pumpkin will happen

  22. #
    Zainab — October 1, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    This is absolutely stunning!! And I agree you do need a prize for holding off so long 🙂

  23. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — October 1, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    What an absolutely stunning cake!!!! Butterscotch and pumpkin is such an awesome combo!!!

  24. #
    Christine @ A Sprinkle of This and That — October 1, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I love the addition of butterscotch chips! Thanks for sharing!

  25. #
    Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom — October 1, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    That is one heck of a gorgeous cake!! The photos you take are stunning!

  26. #
    Stephanie @ Back For Seconds — October 1, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Gorgeous photos of a beautiful cake! I’m glad the jerk didn’t fall apart 😉

  27. #
    Ginny McMeans — October 1, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I learned at an early age that a bundt pan is they way to go when trying to impress company. It is easy to make a cake look pretty and they always come out of the pan looking good. Take my word for it. 🙂 Your cake looks really moist and delicious too!

  28. #
    Katrina — October 1, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    When you called the bundt cake a little jerk that cracked me up! I do always worry they won’t come out of the pan. But I only have one bundt pan and they have come out every time. Your cake looks delicious!

  29. #
    Kim Beaulieu — October 1, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    What a fabulous recipe,. and that photo with the icing sliding down….omg. Dying.

  30. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — October 2, 2014 at 9:55 am

    mmmm oh my, I just can’t get over that first photo! Holy moly at the amazingness!

  31. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) — October 2, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Girl this cake is seriously a stunner! I’m in love!

  32. #
    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — October 2, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Yum! I have had a bad experience with a bundt pan! I even greased it really well!

  33. #
    Cookin Canuck — October 2, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I haven’t posted a pumpkin recipe yet, but am awfully tempted to make this bundt cake for my family.

  34. #
    Karissa | Sweet as a Cookie — October 2, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    I made a bundt cake a few weeks ago and was terrified to turn the pan over. I’m so glad it worked out for both of us 🙂

  35. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 3, 2014 at 7:19 am

    This is SO pretty!! Wish I could have a slice right now 🙂

  36. #
    Joanne — October 3, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Haha I really tried to resist the pumpkin pull, but it proved impossible. Maybe next year I’ll be stronger!

    Pumpkin and butterscotch sound like a match made in heaven!

  37. #
    Thalia @ butter and brioche — December 11, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I love the flavour of butterscotch, so I can imagine I would LOVE the taste of this bundt cake. Definitely wish I had a slice to devour right now!

  38. #
    iram — September 22, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I’m new here. Found this link on Crazy for Crust.
    I really want to make this cake asap…but I’m not the biggest fan of cream cheese frosting, is there something else you suggest I top it off with?

    Thank you in advance! 🙂

    • nutmegnanny replied: — September 22nd, 2015 @ 3:13 pm

      Hi Iram! I’m so glad you popped over to see the recipe. This cake is a HUGE favorite around here. I’m sorry to hear you don’t like cream cheese frosting. This version is pretty strong with vanilla flavor (if that changes your mind) BUT if you really don’t like it I think a chocolate glaze or just a sprinkling of powdered sugar would be awesome!

  39. #
    Delaney | Melanie Makes — October 27, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    This is the perfect fall dessert.

  40. #
    Michelle — October 28, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Don’t laugh, but I just bought my first bundt cake pan. Clearly, I need to make this!

  41. #
    jen — October 28, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I’ll be calling this my new favorite cake too! It looks fantastic!!

  42. #
    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet — October 29, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Butterscotch and pumpkin are such a terrific combination!

  43. #
    Krista — October 30, 2017 at 12:38 am

    I need to bake this up asap! Looks yummy!

  44. #
    Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling — November 1, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    That looks SUPER drool-worthy…..I love the pumpkin butterscotch combo!


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