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Grandma's Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe

[AS SEEN IN BUZZFEED!] This is the Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding you've been looking for! You will love how easy it is to bake this traditional 'Old-Time' Jamaican recipe that's rich in sweet potatoes, coconut milk and authentic Jamaican spices and flavour! Here's the best part - No risky grating necessary. Let the blender do the work so you can kick back, relax and enjoy your smooth and mouth-watering sweet potato pudding any time you crave it! Happy Baking!!
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Bake Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine African, Caribbean, Jamaican


  • 2 ½ lbs Jamaican sweet potato (purple skin) (gives you 8 - 10 cups chopped potatoes) Use the purple skin potatoes or purple skin yam that is 'white' when you cut into it. Do not use the orange flesh potatoes for this recipe.
  • 2 cups coconut milk for blending
  • cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp almond essence
  • 1 tbsp mixed spice liquid
  • 1 tbsp rum
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut/coconut flakes unsweetened, optional

Dry Ingredients (combine in a separate bowl)

  • 2 cups flour all-purpose
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup cornmeal finely ground
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp ginger powder
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup raisins optional

For Custard

  • ½ cup thick coconut milk
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ginger powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp melted butter


  • Peel and wash the sweet potatoes.
  • Cut the sweet potatoes into small (1 inch) pieces and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.
  • Grease a 9-inch round baking tin and set aside.
  • Add 4 - 5 cups of the chopped potatoes to a blender with 1 cup of coconut milk.
  • Blend the sweet potatoes on high until smooth, then pour it into a large mixing bowl. Follow this technique to blend the chopped potatoes: Blend the mixture for 5 seconds, stop, then stir it completely before blending for another 5 seconds. Blend and stir a few times more until the mixture is smooth. (the blended potatoes should have a thick, lumpy consistency).
  • Blend the remaining chopped potatoes with 1 cup coconut milk then add it to the large mixing bowl.
  • Add the sugar, vanilla, almond essence, rum, and liquid mixed spice to the bowl of blended potatoes then combine well. If you have powdered mixed spice, add it to the flour mixture in the step below.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour and other dry ingredients then whisk together.
  • Use a large spoon to fold the dry ingredients into the blended sweet potatoes, then mix well until there is no trace of the flour.
  • Add the coconut flakes and mix well.
  • Toss the raisins in a small bowl of flour then sieve off the excess flour. Drop the raisins evenly into the batter then stir the batter lightly until there are no raisins visible.
  • Pour the mixture into the greased baking tin, place it on a rack in the center of the oven and bake for 2 hours 20 mins.
  • Prepare the custard mixture in a small bowl and set aside.
  • After 2 hours 20 minutes, remove the pudding from the oven and use a knife to test the center of the pudding for doneness. When the center of the pudding is relatively firm and the knife comes out mostly clean, the pudding is ready for the custard.
  • If the center of the pudding is still soft, allow the pudding to bake for another 20 - 30 minutes, then test it again.
  • When the pudding is firm in the center, pour the custard mix on top. Use the back of a spoon to evenly spread the custard over the entire surface of the pudding.
  • Return the pudding to the oven and bake for a further 10 minutes.
  • Remove the pudding from the oven and let it rest on the countertop uncovered for at least 4 hours to cool (you may cover the pudding with a dishcloth which allows the steam to escape). The pudding must cool completely so that it's firm enough to slice. If you can resist the delicious smell, let the pudding rest overnight in the refrigerator before slicing it. ***I find that sweet potato pudding has the best flavour and texture 1 - 2 days after baking. Please note: As soon as the sweet potato pudding cools, refrigerate it, and keep it refrigerated to enjoy your pudding for longer.
  • When the pudding cools, enjoy it on its own or with a scoop of your favourite ice cream.
  • Bless up, slice, serve and enjoy it!
  • Thanks for trying my recipe! Please remember to come back and leave me a 5-STAR rating & review to show your support and provide feedback :) Nuff Love & Blessings!!
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