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Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting

Sweet potato cupcakes with toasted marshmallow frosting and candied walnuts are the cupcake version of the thanksgiving favorite-sweet potato casserole.

sweet potato cupcakes with toasted marshmallow frosting

It’s not Thanksgiving without some kind of sweet potato dish (at least not in my book).  These sweet potato cupcakes from scratch with toasted marshmallow frosting are the perfect dessert to bring to any holiday party, thanksgiving dinner, or “friends-giving” get together.

Plus, you don’t have to worry about slicing or serving since they’re individual desserts :).

Similar to my Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies with Gluten free crust.

sweet potato cupcakes with toasted marshmallow frosting

The cake recipe is adapted from Cooking Classy and are made with fresh sweet potatoes which make it perfectly moist and sweet.  I added in brown butter instead of regular butter because let’s be honest, brown butter makes anything 1000x better.  It gives it a wonderful nutty flavor which balances perfect with the sweet potato.

sweet potato cupcakes with toasted marshmallow frosting

If you need help with how to make brown butter, click here for my in-depth tutorial.

The frosting is a homemade marshmallow frosting (recipe adapted from Taste and Tell Blog) made with egg whites and sugar that are heated and then whipped to meringue consistency.  Once frosted, you can toast them with either a hand held torch or in your boiler on low (VERY CAREFULLY).  This will give the frosting a delicious toasted marshmallow flavor.

sweet potato cupcakes with toasted marshmallow frosting

The last part is the candied nuts which you can use either pecans or walnuts or a combination of both!  They’re tossed in melted sugar and cinnamon and spread out on parchment paper until cooled and hardened.  They add a crunchy, sweet texture to the cupcakes.

sweet potato cupcakes with toasted marshmallow frosting

Sweet potato cupcakes with marshmallow frosting are cute thanksgiving desserts that will certainly please a crowd.  Using fresh sweet potatoes, brown butter & pumpkin spice, a homemade toasted marshmallow frosting, and easy candied nuts: it’s the perfect thanksgiving or holiday dessert recipe.

sweet potato cupcakes with toasted marshmallow frosting

Sweet potato cupcakes with toasted marshmallow frosting

Sweet potato cupcakes with toasted marshmallow frosting and candied walnuts are the cupcake version of the thanksgiving favorite-sweet potato casserole. Using fresh baked sweet potatoes, brown butter, and pumpkin spice for the cake, a homemade toasted marshmallow frosting, and deliciously easy candied nuts it’s the perfect thanksgiving or holiday dessert recipe.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cupcakes, sweetpotato, thanksgivingdessert
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

Candied Nuts

  • ½ cup Pecans or Walnuts roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Cake (Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy)

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Browned Butter at room temp (see recipe notes)
  • 3/4 cup Packed Light-Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup Mashed Sweet Potato see recipe notes

Marshmallow Frosting (Recipe adapted form Taste and Tell Blog-

  • 2 Egg Whites
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

Candied Nuts

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Place nuts on baking sheet and bake 7-8 minutes until lightly toasted. Set aside
  2. Melt sugar over medium heat in saucepan. Once dissolved, add nuts, cinnamon and salt and toss to evenly combine.
  3. Spread onto a parchment or wax paper and let cool. If not using right away, store in airtight container

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with cupcake liners, set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat together cooled brown butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy (about 3 - 4 minutes.) Add in the eggs, vanilla, maple syrup and mashed sweet potato and mixed until combined.
  4. Gradually add in dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  5. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full and bake 15-20 minutes, rotating half way through, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool cupcakes on wire rack before frosting.

Marshmallow Frosting

  1. Fill a medium saucepan with about 1” of water and bring to a simmer.
  2. Combine egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in large heatproof bowl. Place over simmering water, and whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and mixture reaches 165 degrees.
  3. Transfer to stand mixer (or with a hand blender), add vanilla and beat with whisk attachment until stiff glossy peaks form (about 5-7 minutes). (The meringue should hold its shape).
  4. Pipe or spread onto cupcakes; using a kitchen torch, toast until light golden. Top with candied nuts.

Recipe Notes

*Click here for a tutorial on how to make brown butter-let butter cool to room temp before using in recipe. You can speed this up by placing in freezer for 5 minutes.

*To cook the sweet potato-preheat oven to 400, prick sweet potato with fork and wrap in aluminum foil. Bake for 30-45 minutes until fork tender. Let cool, peel off skin and mash with fork or masher.

*Sweet Potato cupcake recipe adapted from Cooking Classy.

*Marshmallow Frosting recipe adapted from Taste and Tell Blog

 


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