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5 from 4 votes

Sweet Potato Swirl Bread

This bread has wonderful reviews and is always a hit. Easy to make and delicious with coffee. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: bread
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: sweet potato bread
Servings: 1 loaf
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 stick butter or 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cooked mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Swirl for Batter:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped nuts pecans or walnuts (optional)

Glaze for Cooked Bread

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk more or less
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Whisk together flour and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. Combine melted butter, brown sugar, sour cream, eggs, mashed sweet potatoes and vanilla extract in a large bowl mixing with a spoon. Add flour mixture to sweet potato mixture and stir with spoon to combine. Spray a 9 x 5 bread pan with cooking spray and add mixture to pan. Add swirl

Swirl Instructions

  • Whisk ingredients together and spread over sweet potato mixture in pan. See photos below. Take a knife and swirl mixture into the batter. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 55 to 60 minutes checking until done as ovens vary. Remove from oven and let cool. Can drizzle on glaze.

Glaze Instructions

  • Whisk together and drizzle over cooled bread.


I use a fresh sweet potato in this recipe but you could use canned.