Day 737: Sweet Potato Cake

I admire sweet potatoes. I devour them. On some days, all I need for lunch/dinner is an oven-roasted sweet potato, preferably with lots of olive oil and a pinch of salt. But sweet potatoes are not simply for dinner. They are also perfect for cakes. “Sweet” should give it away already, shouldn’t it? When you bake them, their natural sweetness intensifies. I have more than one sweet potato cake recipe that I use. In fact, I first had one and then changed it because once I made the cake I didn’t have some of the main ingredients at hand and adjustments were thus required. To sum it up, the hardest part of baking a sweet potato cake is boiling the potatoes and making your own peanut butter/coconut cream (blend the nuts or the coconut flakes until buttery and moist). After this is done, you only need to add coconut milk and all the other ingredients and blend. Then bake. Ah, to hell with it, I’m translating the recipe I’ve been using recently. It started off somewhere online (someone’s recipe blog) but I’ve changed it a bit and added a cream, etc. Anyway, it’s utterly cool that a vegetable cake can taste so good! And most people don’t even know what’s inside!

Ingredients

1 large sweet potato
1 cup of coconut flakes
0.5 tin of coconut milk (200 ml)
4 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp cane sugar
6 tbsp cocoa/carob powder

Cream:

1/2 an avocado
1 tbsp cane sugar
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp cocoa powder

Boil the sweet potato until really soft. Peel and let it cool. Drop the chunks of it into a blender. Meanwhile, use hand blender to transform the coconut flakes into a cream-like thing. Much like peanut butter but thicker. This could take some time. Once done, add to the blender with all the other ingredients. Add more sugar/sweetener if you deem it necessary. Possibly, I was also adding some stevia into the mix. Bake at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes until solid. Let the cake cool down properly, otherwise it might fall apart.

For the cream, blend all the ingredients together. Taste and add more sugar/some other sweetener as required. Put the cream on the cooled cake. Decorate with strawberries, etc. See photo below, at the very bottom of this post.

Progress Report

1. Own and live in a house.

Visited another house, friends’ place. Admired their home and felt that we really need our own house as well. So, it was a bit of a motivation trip. Moreover, at the table, we also discussed some future business ideas. A seed was put into the ground already 4 months ago but now we talked about some more serious plans. Something new on the way. Maybe. Not for me, exactly, but I shall have a supportive role anyway and it does affect our company.

2. Write AND publish a book.

As I had finished Zadie Smith’s NW, I continued reading another book that had been on my nightstand for too long, unfinished. Takashi Hiraide’s The Guest Cat. The beginning is slow, lots of poetic descriptions, which is not really my favourite style. But it’s a book with a cat in it. It must be good. There must be something I can learn from it.

3. Win a major race.

Yet another 45-minute jog. Easy enough to be satisfied with my marathon recovery process.

Photo of the Day

Loads of sweet potato somewhere underneath!

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