Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sweet Potato Cupcakes w/Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

When my sons heard Sweet Potato Cupcakes one recent Sunday dinner they were a little apprehensive... So I sent some home with them and didn't give it much more thought.
Imagine my surprise to find an e-mail saying "The cupcakes are great, if you have more you need to unload let us know". So I, um, "unloaded" them the next day:@)
I consider this a novelty recipe, but one worth trying, especially if you have a couple extra sweet potatoes. They call for a Hershey Kiss to be baked in the center of each cupcake, I've tried that but personally find the chocolate frosting enough. 
Tip: After roasting the sweet potatoes (on a tin foil lined dish for easy clean up) let them cool then place in fridge. Once they are cold the skin can literally be pulled off of the potato with your fingers. Works great!

Sweet Potato Cupcakes-from Country Living Magazine, Nov 2011 issue
2 C A/P flour
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 C butter, softened
1 1/4 C sugar
3 eggs
1 pound sweet potatoes, roasted, peeled and mashed
1/4 C milk
1 tsp vanilla
24 chocolate Hershey Kisses, unwrapped-if using
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix first 5 dry ingredients, set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time.
  4. Add sweet potato, milk and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  5. Add flour mixture beat until just combined.
  6. Fill 24 paper lined muffin tins 2/3 full. 
  7. *If adding Kiss: Bake for 5 minutes and remove from oven. Gently press Kisses, tips up, about half way into each cupcake. 
  8. Bake for about 14 minutes more or until tops spring back when touched and chocolate has disappeared. 
  9. *If not adding Kiss: Bake for approx 18-20 minutes or until tops spring back when touched.
  10. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, remove and cool completely on wire rack.
Frosting, the first recipe is the one pictured, I'll add the one from the magazine too, it's looser and darker.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting-from Coleens Recipes
1/2 C butter, softened
1/2 C cocoa powder
8 oz cream cheese, room temp
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 C powdered sugar
  • Truthfully folks, I just throw it all in a bowl, start out slow, then put the spurs to it! You can click on Coleen's blog to see how it really should be done.
Chocolate Frosting-from Country Living Magazine, Nov 2011 issue
8 oz milk chocolate, chopped
4 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 C minus 2 Tblsp butter, softened
1/2 C powdered sugar
  1. Place chocolates in double boiler over simmering water and stir until melted.
  2. Remove from heat and cool 15 minutes.
  3. With electric mixer beat chocolate for 30 seconds. 
  4. Beat in butter 1-2 Tblsp at a time.
  5. Add sugar, beat until smooth.
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  1. I LOVE sweet potatoes. I so have to try this.

  2. Sweet potatoes in baking is awesome-pumpkin too.

    No doubt that these were great cupcakes.


  3. Gorgeous cupcakes! Sweet potatoes are good for you too. :)

  4. Well, they look good to me!!


  5. I got to try one of these last weekend. It was FABULOUS!!!!

  6. Lynn, thanks for the recipe. I like to use sweet potatoes for different dishes. These look to be delicious.

  7. Those look really good, and that chocolate cream cheese icing sounds amazing! No wonder you had to "unload" more! Have a great weekend!

  8. I wish I was your next door neighbor.

  9. Yum. Thank you for sharing. I would have never thought to put sweet potatoes in cupcake batter. Brilliant.

  10. You know you have been successful when they ask for more. And who wouldn't ask for more of these.

  11. Sweet potatoes cupcakes look and sound delicious. I love a good recipe for chocolate frosting too.

  12. Two things I love, Lynn, are sweet potatoes and chocolate! I would be happy to have you unload these on me. ;-)



  13. I had a life long hatred of sweet potatoes until about two years ago when I tried a sweetened casserole. Now, I'm game to try anything that adds a little more sweet to the sweet potato.

  14. Hope you aren't insulted if I say I'd lick that frosting off and leave the sweet tater cake behind - and I actually LOVE sweet potatoes. I just hate food getting into things it shouldn't.

  15. Hey when you unload these again,I'll pay for the shipping,I wanted to comment and tell you my mouth is watering,and drooling all over the key board,not only is this the perfect cupcake I have to tell you your frosting is so pretty,how did you do that?I mean I read the recipe and I'm going to copycat and stick a "pin" in it,I want to know did you use a piping bag with decorative tip?
    It is GORGEOUS,and I'm not just saying that cause it's chocolate,tehehe.

    1. Yep, a disposable icing bag and 2D Wilton tip. Started in the center and swirled toward the edges-easy peasy:@)

  16. I wouldn't have any problems eating those! They look delicious and I like all the flavors. Putting the pumpkin and chocolate together is pretty cool.

  17. Hi Lynn,
    the recipe sounds nice but the look of your muffin is marvellous.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  18. I'm sure this recipe is as delicious as is beautiful! I'm going to pin this to my cupcake board!

    The French Hutch

  19. Sounds like a great cupcake to me! I love sweet potatoes and love chocolate, too. It's so cute about your son's hint. I think it was a winner! Happy weekend. Keep Earl outta trouble and away from those frisky witches.

  20. wow, so pretty and yummy sounding! I bet your sons' eyes got quite large when they took the first delicious bite :)

  21. Another winner...obviously if seconds were called for. Sweet potatoes are so good for ya, too. Course chocolate is too...isn't it? Thanks for sharing.

  22. These cupcakes look beautiful and I am sure I would agree with you son, I bet they taste great. The frosting looks fabulous. Blessings dear. Catherine

  23. I love how pretty you make your frosting, Lynn! I like sweet potato pie so I'm sure I'd also enjoy the taste of sweet potato cupcakes. yum!

  24. Oh, do these look wonderful! My hubby would be the one apprehensive...but I'm certain my kids would love these! You iced them perfectly!

  25. These look gorgeous!!
    I know they taste great as I love sweet-potato cupcakes

  26. Oh My...I'm a fan of sweet potatoes and THEN you topped it with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting! No wonder you had a request to unload them :)

  27. We luv sweet potatoes so this I will have to make.
    Thanks for the recipe. :)

  28. I love sweet potatoes, but have never thought of making cupcakes with them. Maybe I should give this recipe a try!

    Susan and Bentley

  29. OMGosh...these sound fabulous! I love sweet potatoes in any form but I never thought of chocolate with them though. Gotta try your recipe. Thanks.

  30. Oh my goodness - who in the world would think of putting those together? And yet they look fantastic!

  31. I've never had sweet potato cupcakes, but these sure look worth a try.

    - The Tablescaper


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