Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour 10 inch tube pan. In large bowl, cream sugar, 1 1/2 cup butter and 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
Cut up yams; add to creamed mixture, beating until well mixed. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg; mix well. By hand, fold in pecans, raisins, and drained pineapple.
Spoon batter into prepared pan; spread evenly. Bake at 325 degrees F for 65-75 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool upright in pan 10 minutes. Invert onto serving plate. Cool completely.
In medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, dash salt, 1/4 cup butter, reserved 1/4 cup pineapple liquid, milk and reserved 1 Tbsp. yam liquid. Bring to a boil; boil 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; beat in powdered sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla until smooth.
Cool about 10 minutes to allow frosting to thicken slightly, beating occasionally to maintain smooth consistency. Beat well; quickly spoon over cake, allowing some to run down sides. Garnish with pecan halves. Makes 20 servings.
Note: 1 1/4 cup mashed, cooked sweet potatoes can be substituted for yams.
By Robin from Washington, IA
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