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How to make my version of the Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding

Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding

My version of Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding, with its sweet taste and potato-like texture, a dessert such as sweet potato pudding deserves to have all the right spices.

Looking back, sweet potato has always been a staple food in the Caribbean cuisine. From breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, the recipes are endless. Surprisingly I only remember eating sweet potatoes boiled, fried, and in dessert form.

Sweet potato pudding is commonly served during the holidays in the Caribbean. There are many versions and each of them has a very unique taste.  

Pain Patate, Sweet Potato Pudding, or Sweet Potato Bread, is the same everywhere in the Caribbean. As a favorite dessert during the holidays, Sweet Potato is also prepared on special occasions such as cultural and religious feasts, parties, etc.

Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding
Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding Slices

The main ingredient

The white-fleshed sweet potato is the most common variety found in the Caribbean. The skin has a pink to purple color and can easily bruise. Sweet potato is known as batata, white yam, and camote. It is also known by other names depending on the island or country.    

Sweet potatoes in market
Sweet potatoes in market

About the recipe

Making sweet potato can be a quick or lengthy process. The short and quick version is made with coconut milk, sweet potato, sugar, and spices. The long version is prepared with freshly grated coconut and all of the above ingredients are also added.

Most recipes will include raisins. They are either soaked in rum or not soaked. For example, in Haiti, Sweet Potato Pudding or Pain Patate is prepared with coconut milk, grated coconut, raisins, spices, extract, and rum. Soaking the raisins is not part of the process.

Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding
Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding Slices

The Jamaican version of sweet potato pudding includes soaking the raisins in rum for a few hours. My updated version does contain rum-soaked raisins. We (islanders) are big fans of rum. (Shhhh….) My preferred choice of rum is the Haitian Rum Barbancourt. It is my preferred choice because of taste and aroma. I think it is bolder and more flavorful.

Time to reminisce

I remember many moons ago when my late dad used to make the Haitian version of Sweet Potato Pudding, the comical disputes between him and my mom would be endless. Whenever my dad was in the kitchen making Pain Patate or Sweet Potato Pudding, it always seems that he had to use every single pot and pan. My late mom used to get so upset at my dad and we could only laugh at their conversations. 

Caribbean parents’ arguments involving kitchen tools and especially cooking are usually very comical. Their logic is somewhat confusing at times because they would reflect on old technology and new technology. And their sense of time is always off. LOL. I sure do like to reminisce about the old days.

Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding
Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding Slices

Ways sweet potatoes are used in the Caribbean

In the Caribbean, sweet potatoes are usually consumed in soup, stews, roasted, baked, pureed, boiled and fried. It is the perfect side dish to serve with a meatless stew or a meat and vegetable stew.

With its sweet taste and potato-like texture, a dessert such as sweet potato pudding deserves to have all the right spices. I am referring to spices such as ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. These last three ingredients are religiously used in many of our baked goods.

The texture of my version or Sweet Potato Pudding is slightly different. I coarsely grated the sweet potatoes to create a bit of a crunch.

Try my version today and please share your comments.

Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding Slices 2 1

How to make my version of the Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding

With its sweet taste and potato like texture, a dessert such as sweet potato pudding deserves to have all the right spices.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Cuisine Caribbean
Calories 6435 kcal


  • 2 ½ pound sweet potatoes peeled and grated (white flesh sweet potatoes only)
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup dark rum
  • 1 cup raisins


  • Soak raisins in rum for 3 hours or longer.
  • Peel and grate or blend sweet potatoes.
    Shredded Sweet Potatoes 1
  • Mix coconut milk, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and grated sweet potatoes until well blended.
  • Mix in the flour, then the rum and raisins to the mixture.
    Shredded Sweet Potatoes mixture 1
  • Pour sweet potato mixture into a 9 or 10 inch round, greased pan.
    Shredded Sweet Potatoes mixture in pan 1
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours or until the sweet potato pudding is firm.
    Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding 1


I use Rum Barbancourt to soak the raisins.


Serving: 1gramsCalories: 6435kcalCarbohydrates: 1155gProtein: 84gFat: 151gSaturated Fat: 130gSodium: 888mgFiber: 58gSugar: 477g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword caribbean food, Caribbean Recipes, dessert, snacks
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    1. Hi there! Thank you for your patience. We have been updating the recipes on the website and we appreciate your patience as it may take us a while. The recipe has been updated with the nutrition facts. 🙂

  1. I used gluten free flour so found my cake more dense but still very good! There was so much batter I made it in a 9×12 pan (lasagna pan) and it did take the full 2 hours to bake.

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