Photo: Van Chaplin; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Prep Time
15 Mins
Bake Time
40 Mins
Cool Time
1 Hour
Makes 2 dozen

Keep this family favorite around for the holiday season. Mashed sweet potatoes give the cupcakes extra moistness, while a myriad of spices including cinnamon and nutmeg, spice up the traditionally sweet dessert. A simple cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of chopped pecans is all that's needed on top.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan.

Step 2

Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted, stirring once after 4 minutes.

Step 3

Beat sugar and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

Step 4

Whisk together mashed sweet potatoes, orange juice, and vanilla extract. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with sweet potato mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Fold in toasted pecans. Place foil baking cups in muffin pans, and coat with vegetable cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full.

Step 5

Bake at 350° for 28 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove immediately from pans, and cool 50 minutes to 1 hour or until completely cool. Spread cupcakes evenly with Cream Cheese Frosting. Garnish, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

ShawnyO's Review

October 26, 2013

BobinMass's Review

February 20, 2013
OK all of you using "yams" instead of sweet potatoes. If you bought them in a grocery store, they are sweet potatoes. Yams are grown in Africa...or at least 95% are. They are totally different vegetables. The Dept of Agriculture even requires that if the word "yam" is used on the label, then the words "sweet potato" has to also be on it. Slaves likened the flavor of sweet potatoes to their native yams, hence why we started calling them that.

StephanieDavis's Review

December 20, 2012
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

melester's Review

October 06, 2012
Excellent recipe. I used yams instead of sweet potatoes. TI also thought they were tasty without the another reviewer noted. I will be making these again.

DSV3156's Review

September 23, 2012
Could this be made using pumpkin instead of sweet potatoes (or yams, as one person did)? If so, would any adjustments need to be made other than that ingredient?

KingsGirl's Review

January 31, 2012

lauralgray's Review

October 22, 2011

sohcahtoa01's Review

May 08, 2011
Great cupcakes!! :)

nick9886's Review

December 14, 2010
Do use foil cupcake liners. The cupcake is very moist and tended to stay wet on the bottom of the liner. Prep time is more than 15 minutes. Heavier than the standard cupcake recipe.

jessiejesusjew's Review

April 30, 2010
Yummy. I used a little less sugar in the cupcakes and the cream cheese frosting and turned out good. Cream cheese frosting was especially good. Very unhealthy but good!