Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Pumpkin Muffins

Being moms, we want to give our children healthy things to eat, but kids typically want sweet treats. When you can combine a sweet treat with something nutritious, it's a winning combination for everyone. That is just what you get when you make a moist sweet potato cupcake. Top the cupcake with a brown sugar icing and your kids will get a great tasting treat, and you will get the satisfaction that they are made from nutritious sweet potatoes. This recipe makes 24 cupcakes.


3/4 cup fresh mashed sweet potatoes
2 cups white flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter - softened to room temperature
¼ teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla

Baking instructions

Step one
Line the cupcake pans with cupcake liners. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step two
In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter until it is fluffy. It should take about 30 seconds. Next add the sugar. Beat the sugar and butter for about 2 minutes on medium speed. Once the butter and sugar are combined, add the eggs on at a time. Stir in the sweet potatoes and the vanilla, and mix well.

Step three
Combine the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Add to sweet potato mixture, and stir until well combined.

Step four
Fill the cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes. Allow them to cool in the pans for a few minutes, then remove cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
The brown sugar frosting can be made while the cupcakes are in the oven:


½ cup of brown sugar
One package (8 oz.) cream cheese - softened to room temperature
1 ½ cups unsalted butter - softened to room temperature
6 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions for the icing

Step one
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Add a ½ cup of butter at a time, and continue to mix until all the butter is incorporated.

Step two
Add the brown and powdered sugars. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time.

Step three
Stir in the vanilla into the icing. Add the icing to the cupcakes. Store in the refrigerator.

To make a moist layered cake, divide the batter into two 9 inch pans, greased and floured. Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes.


Cupcakes for Everyone!


Cupcakes are a versatile and popular treat for any occasion. They allow for perfect portion control and are fast & easy to serve to family and friends. They don't even necessarily require the use of a plate. Read on for some great ideas about how to incorporate cupcakes into your next family gathering or event.

Holidays and special occasions typically include fun foods and beverages. If you are planning a party or BBQ and want to bake something unique, why not serve some fun cupcakes? Add jellybeans or marshmallow peeps as toppers for Easter cupcakes, or add green sprinkles for Saint Patrick's Day. Use chocolate icing and make eyes and smiling mouths using piped icing for gingerbread boys and girls at Christmastime, or make red velvet cupcakes for Valentine's Day. Think about your own family's traditions and gain inspiration for what they would appreciate seeing on, or even in, a cupcake.

Sometimes families throw a party to welcome the first day of each new season. You can bake cupcakes for an occasion such as this as well. Why not use pearlized jimmies, marshmallows and white frosting to create snowy scenes or snowmen cupcake toppers? Bake cupcakes ahead of the party, and then allow guests to come up with their own icing and topping designs. For a first day of fall party consider using caramel, diced nuts or apples as toppers. Guests will love being able to relax and enjoy a fun and creative treat.

If you are throwing an adult party, why not experiment with baking cupcakes and making icings that are infused with alcohol and liqueurs? The website www.cupcakesgarden.com offers wonderful recipes for the adult palate. If you feel intimidated about baking with beer and liqueur, use this site as a starting point. Also keep in mind that it is a good idea to always slant your cupcake offerings to the time of year and occasion. For example, you may want to serve strawberry daiquiri cupcakes in warm months, and Guinness cupcakes in cooler months.

If you are baking for someone with dietary restrictions, do not despair. Cupcakes really are for everyone. There are plenty of recipes that use coconut flour and coconut oil and milk, so you can adjust your recipes to be dairy free. If you are trying to cut sugar from a recipe, try sweetening with maple syrup, honey, agave or coconut sugar.

Have fun brainstorming wonderful baking ideas with your friends and family members. Spread a little bit of joy and tastiness in your cupcake endeavors!