Sweet Potato Casserole Cupcakes

I’ve been smitten with sweet potatoes for a long time, but I only recently began baking with them. Now that I have, I can readily and confidently say that if I never see another pumpkin dessert, I won’t mind at all. Anything pumpkins can do, sweet potatoes can do better.

Yes, they take a little effort to prepare for baking if you’re starting with raw sweet potatoes, but the same is true of pumpkins. Sweet potatoes have the same pleasant orange hue that, if anything, is brighter than that of pumpkins, and they take on all the spices of the season in an equally glorious way.

Some may argue that the stringiness of sweet potatoes is off-putting in desserts, and I can understand that. Fortunately, that sort of texture offense has never really bothered me, so to those folks, I say we’ll agree to disagree.

Sweet potato casserole is a Thanksgiving staple for many, and it often comes with marshmallows baked on top. Even if you’re adamantly against using marshmallows for that purpose, I think you’ll agree that they’re perfect in this capacity–frosting on these cupcakes.

I used the classic seven minute frosting and hit it (and the cupcake liners, as you can see…) with the blowtorch for a few milliseconds. If your kids are of an appropriate age, this is a really fun thing to do together in the kitchen! As a bonus, the finished product is a delight to consume.

  • http://twitter.com/foodforliving Lauren Zembron

    I too love sweet potatoes, and these little casserole cupcakes look fantastic!

  • http://theviewfromthegreatisland.blogspot.com/ theviewfromGreatIsland

    I agree, pumpkin, gets all the dessert glory, when some of the other squashes really are more delicious. These are brilliant.

  • Betty

    I’ve always preferred sweet potato to pumpkin, even in pies. These little cupcakes are so pretty- even with the marshmallow on top which I usually avoid. Somehow it’s different when it comes to cupcakes. :)

  • My Kitchen Stories

    Oh they are lovely. They do take a few extra steps but I am smitten with them as well.Love that you have scorched the paper. I have just finished making sweet potato and coconut cheesecakes

  • Erica@mycolombianrecipes.com

    So beautiful! love the pictures,Grace!What a great way to use sweet potatoes…Very creative!

  • http://theheartbeatsfaster.blogspot.co.uk/ Louisa Marshall

    Wow, so unusual! They looked like lemon meringue cupcakes at first glance :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/wizzythestick wizzy the stick

    Love sweet potato in desserts and I have to agree with an earlier comment about preferring it to pumpkin

  • http://twitter.com/keyingredient Key Ingredient

    Whoops! Just noticed something– in the ingredients list, cloves are listed but then in the directions it says nutmeg. Either would be fantastic though!

  • grace

    fixed it. i much prefer cloves. :)

  • http://www.carascravings.com Cara

    I looove sweet potatoes in any way, shape or form. These cupcakes sound to die for, I love the browned frosting!