MikeJ: Dump Cakes Week Day 4

Things go all ‘Murican for Day 4!

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  1. In our defense, most of us actually dislike pumpkin especially compared to apple or cherry pies. I have also never heard of sweet potatoes with pumpkin in a pie.

    • I’ve heard of sweet potatoes used as a filler on store-bought pumpkin pie, but not as a main part of it. Also, for the record, pumpkin pie is a thing in Canada too, we just have thanksgiving in early October.

    • Pumpkin pie is really considered a Thanksgiving food. It was one of the foods the native Americans gave the Pilgrims to eat in the highly-suspect Story of the First Thanksgiving we tell out elementary schoolers so we can laugh after we dress them up like stereotypical indians and Pilgrims and various autumn vegetables. I don’t think I’ve ever had a pumpkin pie on any day other than Thanksgiving (ours is the fourth Thursday i November, by the way). As SharkCop said, most people would have cherry or apple pie over pumpkin for most of the year although if you really want it at other times it’s not super hard to find.

  2. Dammit MikeJ, watching your videos and seeing your archive is making me hungry. XD

    That’s how we do it here in ‘MURICA.

  3. Mike, go acquire another large can of the Libby’s pumpkin. The label has a classic pumpkin pie recipe on it. Make the filling exactly as it says. Now, pour the filling into a 13×9 (oi, 33cm x 22cm) cake pan. Then, sprinkle a yellow cake mix on top. Next, slice up an entire stick of butter and layer it on top of the cake mix. Top with chopped pecans. Cook at 450F (~232c) for 15 minutes, then turn down to 350F (~176c) for 40 minutes. It’s done when a toothpick comes out clean.


  4. Mike, most Americans eat straight pumpkin pie as a holiday treat around American Thanksgiving (late November) and around Christmas. It’s usually served as a dessert after a large meal, sometimes along with other kinds of pie (apple, pecan, or whatever the family chooses to make.) Most people don’t even see pumpkins until Halloween, when they are carved out to make jack-o-lanterns, and to roast the seeds, for another seasonal treat. This variation calling for sweet potatoes is not a traditional pumpkin pie by any means. Doesn’t mean it’s not good, just most recipes don’t call for the Chinese spices or sweet potatoes. If you’re interested there are plenty of good pumpkin pie recipes online you can try out for your next major holiday meal. You might even change the Mrs. mind on pumpkin with a more traditional pie. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got cooking up next.

  5. RedMilleniumRanger

    I’m American and I’ve had both pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie several times in my life, but I have never heard of anyone putting the two together.

  6. Mike just a few things
    1 Sweet potato pie is a southern US thing and is considered part of the “soul food” pantheon.
    2 You made the sweet taters too smooth. The little bits are part of the charm
    3 This is a holiday pie. usually Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    4 Lastly you missed the final touch which is a dollop of whipped cream or Cool Whip on top, which helps off set the savory.

    As you found out the filling expands as it cooks then settles down as it cools.

  7. Your wife might like it more if you use nutmeg and cinnamon instead of Chinese five spice.

  8. I always use chinese 5 spices in Miso soup or with Udon Noodles but i never tried in a pie! 😀

  9. Pumpkin Pie is usually served as a Desert(Pudding) in the US like others have said usually along side some other fall harvest fruit pie like Cherry or Strawberry. Though traditionally it only has Nutmeg not 5 spice in it. I also enjoy it with some Reddi Whip or the like on top. I also will join in and say I have never seen Pumpkin and Sweet potato pies mixed.

  10. I only eat pumpkin pie like once a year. I mean… that may be because I’m on a diet all the time but still. I don’t like sweet potatoes though. BLEH.

  11. As others have said: traditionally, there is Pumpkin Pie, which is very northeastern, and Sweet Potato Pie, which is very southern. Most people find the flavor very similar, but there is a difference in texture, because sweet potatoes have a lot of starch and pumpkins don’t. Sweet potato pie I find to have a smoother, richer texture, but many prefer the lighter, more vegetal mouthfeel of pumpkin.

    Mixing the two in the same pie isn’t traditional, and honestly sounds like more trouble than it’s worth.

    Next time try adding a tablespoon of bourbon. Lovely.

  12. Actually, in America, sweet potato and pumpkin pies both have very similar flavors, textures, and colors. They are slightly different, but not by that much. Frankly, I do prefer pumpkin.

  13. You never had pumpkin before? C’mon!

    Pumpkin is, by far, the most underutilized vegetable!

    And, no, it is not a common staple here in America, which makes me sad.

    • Harry Potter and the gang I think are the only British people who eat the stuff. In America, the pumpkin has mostly been relegated to aesthetic duty rather then culinary, and that for only one night a year. In fact, for culinary purposes, you might as well just use butternut squash.

      • I’m british and I have pumpkin every year. I use the innards from the jack-o-lantern I carve at Halloween to make several pumpkin breads. Delicious!

    • Indeed! Pumpkin lovers unite! Really all squash, aside from just ye olde butternut :/

  14. The pies looked good. Never had one that combined sweet potato and pumpkin, it was always one or the other.

  15. I’m a huge pumpkin pie enthusiast. My family is no doubt completely sick of me making pumpkin pie by the time spring rolls around. But yeah, never heard of mixing sweet potato and pumpkin, seems like a lot of work for not much gain. Also Chinese five spice is similar to proper pumpkin pie spice, which is usually mostly cinnamon, with varying levels of nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cloves, etc. but yeah it’s still a little off. Also making it out of a nice roasted hubbard or butternut squash will make it far more delicious. Some kinds of canned pumpkin is fine…some is dreadful. Even though I’m a snob, I’m still gonna second the whipped cream people, if the pie’s not sweet enough, whipped cream all the way!

  16. You don’t have pumpkin pie in Jolly Ol’ England? You’re really missing out, man. It’s pretty much a staple here in Canada, along with apple pie. Never had sweet potato pie before. I think that’s strictly an American thing. Though I do like sweet potatoes. We usually have it for the holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Never heard of a blend of the two though. Also, the pumpkin pie I know of is made with nutmeg and cinnamon, along with probably other stuff. Never heard of five-spice being used before though.

    I see your wife didn’t like it. I guess you got the pies all to yourself then. I’m sure you didn’t mind that. So how many actual dump cake recipes are there in that book? You’ve only tackled one so far.

  17. I don’t know about you, but Pumpkin pie is good with whipped Cream on top.

  18. Never had this with sweet potato in it, just pumpkin… Chinese 5 spice is a bit odd too. I usually make a pumpkin spice mix out of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice– better combo. Also, put some whipped cream on top next time… and maybe eat the pie cold? My family always eats it cold from the fridge…

  19. why do I get the felling your wife accidentally/inadvertently made a lot of Americans rather irate.

  20. SailorRustyBacon

    Glad Mike enjoyed it at least. I wonder if his wife has an aversion/never tried cheesecake as well…

    I’ve only tried sweet potato pie once, and another time attempted to make a “mont blanc” type of dish with sweet potatoes, rum & butter. I prefer sticking to pumpkin, and during harvest/end of the year holiday season, I love to get my fill of pumpkin-everything! (Pumpkin spice lattes ftw!)

    Also: marshmallow fluff/roasted marshmallows over sweet potato pie; whipped cream over pumpkin pie is best. In this case of having a pumpkin & sweet potato mix, perhaps a marshmallow whipped cream topping would be appropriate!

  21. manicmechanic123

    hey mike. pumpkin pie is one of my favorite things ever. it’s a big thing in the US but an even bigger thing in the south. I’m from Texas and thanksgiving and christmas just isn’t the same without pumpkin pie and icecream. we use sweet potatoes for them all the time here *this is especially a southern thing* but i’ve never seen both used. either one or both would have a near identical effect.

    if you would like i would happily mail you some *actual* pumpkin pie spice. i know the recipe called for 5 spice but it is much much better with pumpkin pie spice just imho. we can just buy it prepackaged. 5 spice is star anise, cloves and cinnamon Szechwan pepper,and fennel seeds where what we all use down here is cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger. it makes for a far sweeter tasting pie so if you really enjoy the savory aspects of this recipe it may not be for you, but the nutmeg and lack of fennel and pepper makes the flavor closer to a spice cookie *i think yall call them biscuits, in the southern US people would look at you like you were insane if you told them you had a “biscuit for pudding”. i don’t even know if what we call pudding is called pudding there XD.

  22. Try the pie with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

    It’s always interesting seeing something that is quite ubiquitous here that Mike has never had before.

  23. I was going to give my 2 cents, but I see so many people already did. I’ll just say that Pumpkin Pie is one of my favorite desserts.

  24. You don’t have to be British for this to sound like the worst thing ever. You can be American too.

  25. Yeah, pumpkin pie is something generally served around our Thanksgiving time, mainly, here in the States. Maybe it’s because I’m a Midwesterner, but I’d never heard of pumpkin pie with sweet potatoes in it until I saw this video. Heck, I don’t recall hearing of sweet potato pie until I read the comments.

    Most of the pumpkin pie I’ve enjoyed over the years has been made with whole pumpkin rather than the canned, mostly because my dad’s had a garden with that sort of stuff in it for like 45 years now.

  26. I have never, EVER heard of sweet potatoes being mixed with pumpkin. That sounds vile.

    Also, you don’t use “Chinese 5 spice” NOR lemon peel, you use Pumpkin Pie Spice.


    Here’s the Libby’s – you just use the spice above to replace both the cinnamon and cloves –


    I love pumpkin pie, but I can’t eat it anymore as I developed an allergy to cinnamon. My throat swells shut. I’ve been trying to find a substitute because I miss eating it.

  27. Fine. Let the wife eat a blancmange, or spotted dick.

  28. In my experience pumpkin pie is usually only eaten in the fall and early winter (especially Thanksgiving as others have said), while other pumpkin foods are generally regulated to October leading up to Halloween.

  29. Snorgatch Pandalume

    Actually, I’m wondering if this recipe might work with yams. Yams are often called sweet potatoes here in the US, even though they’re not the same thing. They do have a similar taste and texture, though.

    • Yams take a bit more work to smooth out but I’ve made pie with them before and it’s pretty yummy. My go to holiday recipe is actually a spiced rum pie with yam, pumpkin and sweet potato with a pecan and brown sugar topping.

  30. Pumpkin pie is one of my favourite things about Thanksgiving, but I don’t think I’ve ever had it with sweet potato. Maybe that’s more of an American thing. I can’t say everyone likes pumpkin pie. My sister doesn’t care for it. I personally love it. I didn’t know you don’t have pumpkin pie in the UK. Between this and not having s’mores I have to ask, what do you have over there? I’m joking of course. British lemonade is some of the best soda I’ve ever had in my life, so you guys get props from me for that. I couldn’t drink Sprite or 7UP for a good few months after my trip to the UK because it doesn’t taste nearly as good as lemonade produced in restaurants. For the uninitiated, British lemonade is like lemon/lime soda, not what we call lemonade over here.

    • Its not really an American thing either. Sweet potato pie (which tends to be more of a southern thing) and pumpkin pie tend to be 2 completely separate pies in America. This literally the first time I’ve ever heard of them being mixed together. Its an odd combo to mix too because they’re kind of similar in taste and texture to begin with.

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