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Haitian Sweet Potato Pudding Cake

Crustless sweet potato pie is a Haitian specialty and there are plenty of recipes online. I decided to go with Emeril's because I've had great luck cooking his recipes before. In that regard, this one was disappointing. But perhaps we can't blame Emeril as much as sweet potato pie. I'm not much of a fan in the first place and my daughters felt it just stated of the spices. If you like sweet potato pie, you may want to give it a try, but don't expect anything extraordinary.

Haitian Sweet Potato Pudding Cake


  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cups grated coconut
  • 2 lbs white sweet potato,peeled and finely grated
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled and mashed
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. grated lime zest
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can coconut milk
  • whipped cream, for serving


Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease a 9" x 13" oven safe baking pan.

Melt butter in a heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the ginger and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add the coconut, sweet potato, banana, brown sugar, raisins, salt, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and lime zest. Stir a few times and then cook for 25 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the milk, cream and coconut milk and cook for another 15 minutes.

Pour mixture onto the prepared baking pan and bake for 1 hour or until the pudding sets and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry. Cool and serve with whipped cream.

Adapted from Emeril Lagasse's recipe.

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