No Thanksgiving spread is complete without a sweet potato cake – just ask Black-ishis Anthony Anderson. The actor has teamed up with McCormick Spices to share his beloved recipe along with the #SpiceFactor challenge.

The Anderson family has a long history of adding a hearty mix of flavors to their pies – including orange peel (later replaced with coriander), nutmeg, cinnamon, and more. “McCormick are the spices I grew up with,” Anderson said Essence. “I know my way around very well and I still use that today.”

The necessary ingredients for the cake are likely the ones you already have at home, like McCormick’s vanilla extract, eggs, milk, packaged light brown sugar, and of course three sweet potatoes, to name a few. Anderson also suggests topping off a slice with some whipped cream.

Anderson also shared the concept of the #SpiceFactor challenge, saying, “I would make a sweet potato cake without the spices to prank the family.” He later added, “It will look like the sweet potato cake we normally have and it will smell like it because I cook a real one too.”

For the challenge, Anderson gave his nephew and cousin pieces of cake without the typical seasonings to see if they could taste the difference. After they weighed themselves, Anderson shared the real cake with them, packed with all of the delicious flavors they have come to know and love.

The actor’s family usually gathers at home for the holidays, where a family member prepares a spread of staples like “turkey, ham, cornbread filling, macaroni and cheese and vegetables”. This year, however, they are following social distancing guidelines to stay safe. Nevertheless, the holiday mood is important to them.

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“[COVID-19 will not stop us from keeping the tradition and cooking in our individual homes for our immediate families, “said Anderson.

For the Andersons, gratitude, love, and family are most important.

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