Like auntie used to make when we were visiting--broke da mouth! (Very yummy and reminds me of home). This recipe has a shortbread crust topped with a smooth, sweet layer of purple potatoes, and a rich coconut cream. Serve cold.



Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Sweet Potato Layer:
Haupia Layer:


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  • Mix flour and 1/3 cup white sugar together in a large bowl. Rub in butter with your fingers until mixture is sandy. Press into the greased baking pan.

  • Bake crust in the preheated oven until golden brown around the edges, about 10 minutes.

  • Beat 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup white sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Mix in mashed sweet potatoes, milk, and vanilla extract until batter is the consistency of pancake batter. Pour over the crust.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until sweet potato layer is firm, about 30 minutes.

  • Whisk water, 1/2 cup white sugar, and cornstarch together in a small bowl until smooth.

  • Pour coconut milk into a 5-quart saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low heat, about 5 minutes. Pour in water mixture, whisking constantly until coconut milk thickens, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in shredded coconut; cook and stir until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes more.

  • Pour coconut mixture over sweet potato layer. Refrigerate until firm, 4 hours to overnight.

Nutrition Facts

405 calories; 28.3 g total fat; 62 mg cholesterol; 149 mg sodium. 36.6 g carbohydrates; 3.7 g protein; Full Nutrition