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Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

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  • Yield: 24 cupcakes
  • Prep 45 mins
  • Bake 20 mins

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Turn a yummy side dish into a delicious dessert. This quick and easy recipe will keep everyone wanting more.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 17.2 - ounce can vacuum-packed sweet potatoes (unsweetened), mashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Cream Cheese Frosting, below
  • Finely shredded orange peel


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line twenty four 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups; set cups aside.
  2. In medium bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition until combined. Add sweet potatoes and vanilla, beating until combined. Add flour mixture; beat until combined (batter will be thick).
  4. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Bake about 20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in pan on wire rack for 1 minute. Remove from pan and cool completely.
  5. Place Cream Cheese Frosting in large resealable plastic bag. Cut a 1/4-inch opening in one corner of bag. Pipe frosting on top of cupcakes. Sprinkle with orange peel. Makes 24 cupcakes.


  • Mini Fluted Tube Variation: Coat 8 fluted individual tube pans with nonstick baking spray. Spoon batter into pans. Bake 30 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in pan on wire rack 1 minute. Remove from pan and cool completely. Omit Cream Cheese Frosting and finely shredded orange peel. Dust cooled cakes with powdered sugar.

Make Ahead Tip

  • Make Ahead: Freeze unfrosted cupcakes in airtight containers up to 1 month. Store frosting in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 3 days.

Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 1 8 - ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 5 1/2 - 6 cups powdered sugar


  1. In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar to reach spreading consistency. (This frosts tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch layers. Halve the recipe to frost a 13x9x2-inch cake.) Cover and store the frosted cake in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

(Sweet Potato Cupcakes)

carb. (g) 60, vit. A (IU) 2089, pro. (g) 3, calcium (mg) 30, cal. (kcal) 400, Potassium (mg) 99, sugar (g) 48, sodium (mg) 210, fiber (g) 1, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, Folate (µg) 28, Monounsaturated fat (g) 5, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 10, Niacin (mg) 1, Riboflavin (mg) 0, chol. (mg) 71, Thiamin (mg) 0, Fat, total (g) 17, vit. C (mg) 5, iron (mg) 1

Comments (1)

stitzelhaolco wrote:
I cannot find vacuum-packed sweet potatoes except for on amazon which are not available and when they are only available in a 13.5 oz can and i so wish to make this recipe thank you for any substitutions or other resources you may be able to forward

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