Potatoes in dessert? Many cooks never think of the possibility. But this delicious cake gets its moist texture from Idaho spuds. We raise them here on our farm, and our son has also developed and markets potato ice cream! --LaRene Reed, Idaho Falls, Idaho

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15 mins
40 mins
55 mins
12 servings


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in potatoes and vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa and baking soda; add alternately with milk, blending well after each addition. Stir in nuts. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool on a wire rack.


Nutrition Facts

448 calories; protein 6.2g; carbohydrates 55.7g; fat 23.6g; cholesterol 73.6mg; sodium 287.7mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (17)

Rating: 5 stars
I loved this recipe. I am in advanced Culinary a my high school, and had to make something creative with potatoes. I used sweet potatoes and OMG, I loved it. My class did too. I had people in my class wanting more and more. And I used the cream cheese frosting II with it, with a few alterations. You can check my review for the alterations. Great recipe. I think I will make this cake again. And I like how the cake isnt too rich in chocolate. Thanks! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is an easy cake to make. It is so moist. And if you ever get a chance to try the potato Ice Cream and Chocolate milk (that also has potato in it) Made by Reeds Dairy In Idaho Falls, Idaho You will not be dissapointed. It is so creamy and smooth. Lorna Rigby Idaho Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This cake is absolutely lovely! We enjoyed it very much and it was a great use for leftover mashed potatoes. I omitted the nuts and added "Chocolate Frosting I" from this site. This is definitely a keeper. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Before I decided to make real of this recipe, I went through most of the reviews raving about this. As good as expected, the texture of this cake turns out incredibly well-moistured and soft. However, the reason why I had taken a star away is that it is TOO SWEET. Instead of 2 cup sugar, please only make it 1 or 1.5 cup, especially for those who don't like overly sweet food. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
wow, I never would have thought to put potatoes in a cake but it's really good! I followed the recipe exactly minus the nuts. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I was jumping up and down when I saw this recipe!!!! I went to college in Idaho and miss Reed's ice cream and chocolate milk soooooo much!!!!! Its brilliant. This cake is fantastic! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I found a chocolate frosting made with potatos to go with this cake. So I put it in this site labeled Potato Fudge Frosting. I hope it works for everyone as I am in the process of making it as I post this. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
WOW!!! OK so I love potatoes and ? love cake but would never in a million years think to put them together! So when I found this recipe I was skeptical for a second then remembered a neighbour lady who made a chocolate cake with mayonaise and then I remembered one with tomato soup too so I thought what could potatoes hurt? Well I made this cake today for my husband's birthday and we both loved it! Very moist and yummy. I will keep this recipe and maybe someday I'll be remembered as the neighbour lady who made a chocolate cake with potatoes in it! Love to try some potato ice cream some time too! Thanks for sharing. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great, followed the recipe to a tee. Just like what my mom used to make. Read More