Back in August, I got a tremendous deal on raw sweet potatoes and ended up buying 20 pounds of them for $4. Needless to say, we’ve been eating a lot of them over the past few weeks. So much so that all of us are becoming a little burned out on them.
That’s how I ended up with three small, baked sweet potatoes leftover from one of our meals. No one was going to eat them, and I hate to waste food.
Rather than mashing and pureeing them and hiding them in the base of a soup or sauce, I decided to make a Sweet Potato and Raisin “dump” cake.
1 box of your favorite yellow cake mix. * If you want to go completely homemade, you could substitute your favorite recipe for pound cake. Just add in the sweet potatoes and spices. I recently got a really great deal on boxed yellow cake mixes at 25 cents each, and they are a huge time saver, so that’s what I used for this recipe.
2 tablespoons olive oil.
1 1/2 cups store brand dry raisin bran cereal.
1 1/2 to 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes.
1 cup milk or water, your preference.
1 teaspoon cinnamon.
A dash or two each of powdered nutmeg and ginger.
Prepare two 8 X 8 X 2 glass baking pans. I oiled mine with olive oil. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, mash your leftover baked sweet potatoes. Add two whole eggs, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and all three spices. Mix well.
Stir in the contents of the yellow cake mix. Add the liquid and mix well. I used milk but you can use water, or whatever liquid you like best. I think apple juice, or even orange juice, would have gone well in this recipe also.
This recipe is really flexible, in addition to being budget-friendly, if you don’t like raisin bran or one of the other ingredients, feel free to substitute something else, or leave it out entirely; it will still taste great!
Divide the batter between the two pans. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 to 35 minutes. It’s done when you can insert a butter knife in the center and remove it without batter sticking to it.
You could sprinkle some powdered sugar on top, or ice it with vanilla or cream cheese frosting, but, we love it plain. Low-cost as well as yummy; what’s not to love?
Allow it to cool, slice into squares, and enjoy! Easy-peasy!