I am particularly excited about this entry! Why you may ask? Because it’s my first submission to the Beet ‘n Squash YOU monthly food fight “wherein the stupendous virtues of vegetables are extolled.” Beet ‘n Squash YOU is co-hosted by the creative gals behind She Simmers and Gourmet Fury. Each month a vegetable is chosen and all participants must submit a recipe using the ingredient. March summoned the fiber-rich, brilliant and tasty, sweet potato.
Can I tell you how much I love sweet potatoes?! I can eat sweet potato is all forms but my favorite ways to consume the sweet potato is baked, sliced open with a sprinkle of cinnamon, oven-roasted with ketchup for dipping and sweet potato pie. In all honesty, my heart flutters for sweet potato. I heart it. . . . alot.
For the Beet ‘n Squash YOU recipe submission I wanted to push the envelope. I wanted a challenge. I wanted chaos. Thus, the Sweet Potato Lamingtons emerged from my kitchen.
Screeeetch! What’s a lamington? A lamington is a small dessert found in Australian and New Zealand cafes and lunch counters. Lamingtons are a two-inch, cube-shaped dessert. A sponge cake, covered in chocolate and rolled in flaked coconut. The lemon sponge cake variety are popular in Aussie, whereas the New Zealanders prefer the strawberry sponge cake variety.
My Sweet Potato Lamington is where the American South meets the South Pacific! Even though this is a dessert, there are nutritional perks involved, such as the addition of sweet potato and the use of agave nectar rather than refined sugar, which was used in the original recipe. I also used whole wheat flour for additional fiber.
sweet potato lamingtons
Nutritional perks –
Sweet potato – rich in complex carbohydrates and beta carotene. low in cholesterol. good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin B6 and potassium. a very good source of Vitamin A.
Agave nectar – a natural sweetener. contains a low glycemic index, which provides sweetness without the unpleasant “sugar rush.”
Whole wheat flour – good source of dietary fiber. a very good source of manganese and selenium.
Making the Sweet Potato Lamingtons
What you will need: sweet potato cake, semi-sweet chocolate for melting, grated coconut (sweetened)
Sweet Potato Cake adapted from cooks.com
– 1 1/2 cup oil. I used canola oil for it’s low flavor profile.
– 2 cups agave nectar. The original recipe suggested regular white sugar
– 4 eggs separated
– 1/4 cup water
– 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
– 3 tsp. baking powder
– 1/4 tsp sea salt
– 1 tsp ground cinnamon
– 1 tsp ground nutmeg
– 1 1/2 cup grated raw sweet potato
– 1 tsp vanilla
The original recipe added nuts, but I decided to omit them for the sake of having just a simple sponge cake for the lamingtons.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a sheet cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Beat the oil with agave nectar. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
grated raw sweet potato
Stir in remaining ingredients in the order listed above. Mix until well blended. Pour into the sheet cake pan. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
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Let the cake cool in the pan for about 2 hours. Move the cake to the refrigerator so that slicing the cubes is easier and less crumbly.
When the cake is completely cooled in the refrigerator, remove it from the pan and place on a cutting board or sheet pan so that slicing the cubes can commence!
Since the cubes must be flat on all sides you will need to slice off the rounded top of the cake. It’s simple! Run a long knife right along the underside of the rounded top so that the cake now has a flat top and you can see inside of the cake. Admire how orange it is! Ahh, sweet potato!
Slice two-inch cubes. You can eyeball it. There are no lamington police around.
Melt the semi-sweet chocolate in a double-boiler or microwave. Which ever is most convenient.
assembling these beauties
Coat five sides of the cake sponge in the melted semi-sweet chocolate, leaving the bottom of it chocolate-free. Roll the shiny and delectable chocolate-covered cake in the grated coconut. Place it on a wire rack to hang-out!
enjoy these two bite gems over and over!
When the lamingtons are complete being bedazzled in chocolate and coconut, let them set and either enjoy the two-bite gem or store in an airtight container.
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