This is a blog for people to discuss what they are eating. There is a theory that by journaling eating habits, people will eat healthier. I am trying to cook more at home and feed my family a wider variety of foods. People can just read or join as co-authors. Topics don't have to be recipes with nice photos. You can write about eating habits, special diets, culinary cultural differences, etc.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Little dump cakes

Reading Holly's entry on holiday eating -- in fact, I've read it over many times, the term "dump cake" fascinated me. So I did Internet searches and found recipes. I had an aging sweet potato and apple just screaming to be dumped on. Confirmed with Tricia whether sweet potato and apple dump cake was kosher to the southern tradition, got official approval.

First I peeled and boiled the sweet potatoes. Mashed them with milk (didn't have cream around), butter, brown sugar and a bit of cinnamon.

My oven doesn't fit a big cake pan so I lined muffin my pan and poured in the sweet potato. Next I put raw apple slices on top. Finally I sprinkled some of my precious white cake mix that costed a fortune to be sent over... Poured melted butter.

Hubby freaked out at the unmixed batter just seating there on the top. Made me do the two bigger ones mixing with the butter. Because we have the two styles, it becomes obvious that by mixing, the batter rises and becomes cakelike, whereas without mixing, it is more like a biscuit or crumble.

When you make this with canned fruits, the syrup provides enough moisture for the cake mix. The way I made it, the apples barely moistened the mix.

The verdict: Reina won't eat it because she won't even eat mashed sweet potatoes. Rio liked it but said it was a bit sweet! Hiroshi enjoyed it with a cup of non-sweeten (bitter) darjeeling tea. Truth is I think I prefer making a crumble mix from flour.... But will serve the rest to guests tomorrow. But just thrilled to have made a dump cake. I feel so American. LOL


Blogger Some Kinda Wonderful said...

Tehehe... did tricia and I forget to mention that most Southern folks love their desserts super, super obnoxiously sweet? That makes me kinda weird for a Southerner. I don't usually like my stuff over-sweet, but I do like the occasional dump cake. I make mine with cherry pie filling and crushed pineapple. That's to DIE for. And will kill you if you eat it more than once every year or two. :) Of course, most Southern sweets have a tendency to do that to ya. I'm so glad you enjoyed your experience and that you found it suitable to serve to guests.

December 29, 2008 at 8:51 PM

Blogger tricia said...

I can't do the super sweet either Holly. Love the idea of making the dump cakes in ramiken - wouldn't have to make a huge cake every time.

Glad everything turned out OK.

December 29, 2008 at 9:26 PM

Blogger Arsenette said...

Hubby was wondering why it was in a ramiken as well and he remembered "oh yeah.. Japan.." .. he'd like a full serving of dump cake.. I read him the recipe and he wants it now.. there is nothing in that recipe he doesn't like :) ANd yes.. he recovered from the name :D

December 29, 2008 at 9:33 PM

Blogger Some Kinda Wonderful said...

Hey tricia, I wonder what one would taste like if you made it with chocolate cake mix and cherry pie filling? Sort of like a Black Forest Torte. Wonder if that would work?

December 29, 2008 at 9:34 PM

Blogger Some Kinda Wonderful said...

Ah... there is a recipe for that:

December 29, 2008 at 10:32 PM

Blogger chaki said...

Oh Holly, I would LOVE that. I LOVE black forest cakes.... Truth is, I'm not wild on sweet pots. But my purpose was to use the one hubby bought on sale. He wanted to try a recipe of wrapping it in newspaper in the microwave to created a roasted sweet pot taste. It was gross, so he abandoned the last guy. Had to give that poor sweetpot a purpose of being...

December 29, 2008 at 11:00 PM


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