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This Sweet Potato Pie became internet famous because someone loved the recipe so much, he had it inked into his arm forever. Must be pretty good, right?

Slice of Sweet Potato Pie topped with whipped cream on a white plate.

We found this recipe on Reddit through a photo of an arm tattooed with a list of ingredients. The source may even be from Twitter, but we aren’t sure as versions of the photo have circulated all over the internet. It sounds likely that the tattoo was in homage to someone’s mother’s recipe. We figured that it must be pretty good if someone went to such extremes to preserve it. So we gave it a try, and it was pretty darn yummy. There were no instructions, so we started with trying to figure out how it was intended to be made. Here you will find the full recipe and a video that gives you step by step instructions.

This recipe calls for 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and mashed, to be mixed in with pretty standard ingredients for a pumpkin pie, including: eggs, butter, brown sugar, evaporated milk and the aromatic spices we love so much in the fall. These are creamed together and poured into a prepared, deep-dish pie shell.

Sweet potato pie is rooted in African American history. It was developed by African slaves in the Southern United States. It has since evolved to be a deeply cultural recipe that connects people with their history and home. You can read more about that history HERE.  It’s no wonder someone would tattoo the recipe on their arm, particularly in homage to their roots.

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe Tattoo on a Man's Arm
  • How did the tattoo recipe turn out?

    It was really tasty…tattoo worthy? You’ll have to decide for yourself, and let us know in the comments.

  • Does this make 2 pies or one?

    This recipe ended up being perfect for a deep-dish pie. It made too much filling for just one pie and too little for two.

  • How do I prepare sweet potatoes to be mashed?

    Peel the sweet potatoes like you would a potato. Cut the sweet potatoes into one-inch cubes. Fill a large pot with water. Bring to a boil. Add cubed sweet potatoes. Return to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer sweet potatoes until tender (15-20 minutes). Drain.

Bird's eye view of Sweet Potato Pie with a slice out of it and a slice of potato pie topped with whipped cream on a white plate.

‘Tis the season for pies and foods of feasts. If you’re looking for other pies and dishes for your Thanksgiving meal, here are some amazing recipes you might like:

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTubeFacebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Sweet Potato Pie
This Sweet Potato Pie became internet famous because someone loved the recipe so much, he had it inked into his arm forever. Must be pretty good, right?
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust
  • 4 medium baked sweet potatoes peeled and mashed
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place pie crust into a standard 9-inch pie plate and refrigerate until ready to fill.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat together butter and sugar until creamy, about 90 seconds.
  • Beat in mashed sweet potatoes, eggs, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, cloves, and evaporated milk until smooth.
  • Pour filling into prepared pie crust.
  • Bake in the preheated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue baking until filling is set in the center, 45 to 50 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely before slicing and serving. Store in the refrigerator.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 428mg | Potassium: 636mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 16665IU | Vitamin C: 3.7mg | Calcium: 227mg | Iron: 1.6mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sweet Potato Pie
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