Putting sweet potato in a cheesecake probably sounds like a crazy idea. I’m going to be completely honest with you all, when someone first asked me to make them a sweet potato cheesecake, I thought they were insane. I mean, sweet potato cheesecake? Come on. Weirdly though, it totally works.
If you were reading my blog a couple of years ago, you probably remember me first posting about sweet potato cheesecake when a friend of mine, Jabari, challenged me to make it because he said it wouldn’t be able to compete with his aunt’s. I didn’t and still don’t make a whole lot of cheesecake.
He wouldn’t let me share that recipe with you guys so I just posted the story. I have made this cheesecake a couple of times since then and let me tell you, I think I’ve made a cheesecake that will rival his aunt’s.
Originally, he told me he’d be visiting Portland this summer so I asked him for some tips to make my cheesecake better than its original incarnation. He called me up and gave me some tips – orange sweet potato, no need for any toppings, some spices but not too many. I took his tips and made this cheesecake for when he decided to come and visit.
He didn’t. This picture is from just before he abandoned Oregon for Texas. (I still have that knee brace…)
So I made this cheesecake, took some pictures, froze it, and then took a couple of slices to my friend’s place where we ate it on a rooftop overlooking Portland and talked about life. As you do.
I wasn’t going to post this recipe until it had the Jabari seal of approval – given that he’s the only person I know that really knows sweet potato cheesecake. But I got tired of waiting for him to maybe come to Portland and try it so once it got the seal of approval from my friend, I decided I’d go ahead and post it, with or without him trying it.
Apparently he’s gone vegan now, so he wouldn’t be able to eat this anyway. Definitely not vegan friendly.
So here ya go. I think it’s the greatest sweet potato cheesecake ever and until someone tells me otherwise or I try one that blows me away, I’ll continue to think that. I still have some of this cheesecake just hanging out in my freezer so if any Portlanders are wanting to try this, I’ve got you covered. Everyone else will just have to make their own. Sorry :/