Sweet Potato Cupcakes
I made this Sweet Potato Cupcakes two days ago and it was the best treat for everyone at home. This recipe was adapted from my favourite book Okashi, sweet treats made with love. It was a very healthy steamed cake, no eggs or butter required. So easy to make and adding sweet potato in the cupcakes make them extra soft and delicious. This is definitely a keeper and I’ll make with purple sweet potato next time.
Sweet Potato Cupcakes
- Ingredients: recipe with slight modification – makes 6
230g Sweet Potato
50g Brown Sugar
120g Plain flour (sift together with baking powder)
1 tbsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Sea salt
120g Soy milk (I used reduced sugar soy milk)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
20g Canola oil or salad oil
- Line muffin pan with paper cases. Set aside.
- Wash and peel sweet potato into small cubes. Place in a pot and add 2 tablespoon sugar. Pour in just enough water to cover. Simmer until sweet potatoes soften and drain. Measure 60g sweet potato and mash with a fork.
- Place brown sugar, sea salt and mashed potato in a bowl and beat well in the cake mixer.
- Add soy milk, vanilla extract and canola oil and mix well with a hand whisk.
- Add flour mixture and fold well with a rubber spatula. Add 3/4 of the cubed sweet potatoes and raisins to batter and fold in.
- Spoon batter into prepared paper cases. Top each with remaining pieces of sweet potatoes.
- Heat water in a steamer until boiling, then steam cupcakes over high heat for 20 minutes or until well risen. Remove from steamer and leave to cool on a wire rack.
- Serve cupcakes warm or at room temperature.
I am submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #13: Enjoy Cupcakes! (November 2011)
Hi Ann, I made these using purple sweet potatoes. The batter turns greenish after mixing in the flour and baking powder. The cake was greenish in colour but the potato cubes remained purple. Why is this so? But the steamed cake is soft and moist. Maybe I should try with orange colour sweet potatoes. TQ.
Hi Kimmy, One of my readers, Lynn also experienced this problem. She also used purple sweet potatoes which I'd also like to find out the reason why the cake turned greenish. I followed the recipe from the book to T and the cupcakes turned out perfect.
I'll definitely check around with my friends and see anyone of them got the answer.
I just steamed a batch of these cupcakes but using purple sweet potatoes. Mine did not rise up as pretty as yours and were very moist, felt almost very sticky when I use the toothpick to check. Also, mine cupcakes turned greenish LoL! I wonder why?
Thankfully my family still ate it without much complaints.
Oh btw, I used a fork to mix the mashed potatoes and sugar and salt.
Next time you try to use double action baking powder in this recipe for a fluffier cake. If it is sticky, probably too much water dripped from the lid. You can use a muslin cloth to wrap up the lid to prevent water drips on to the cakes.
I never experienced the cupcakes turned greenish before. Wonder what is the problem?
No problem to mix the potato and sugar and salt together.
How much of double acting baking powder to use if using it? I did use a muslin cloth to wrap the lid.
My observation was the cupcakes turned greenish when just steamed. After it cooled down, the cake looked greyish with a tint of dull purple tone. The sweet potato cubes still remained as pretty purple though.
Hi Lynn， use the same amount as the ordinary baking powder.
I think I'll check around about the turning colour of your cake after steamed and let you know once I've an answer. You can send me your email address in the contact box at the sidebar.
Hi Ann. Sadly my cake didn't turned out so well =( I reduced the sugar and followed the recipe. But my cake was sticky… not fluffy like yours… what could have gone wrong? I want to make this again… sobs.
Hi Lngsng， Sorry to hear that 🙁 You can try to steam it for another few minutes more and try to avoid water drips from the lid by tying a muslin cloth. Also can use double action baking powder instead of the normal baking powder for the cake to be more fluffy.
Hi good morning, last night I steamed this cupcake, it turn out so delicious.
If I double of the portion and my steamer can only steam for 1 portion, can I mix everything in one go, and steam later, or must I mix in batch?
Thank you for all your sharing.
WOW! Nice to hear that 😀
I think you can mix the batter first and add in the sweet potatoes and raisins just before steaming. You can always try right? :))
Anyway thank you very much for your support. Hopefully I can come back to blogging soonest.
ok will try and keep you update.
Please take good care!
Thank you Ann, will update once I steamed cupcake.
Hi, may I know together with brown sugar, salt and mashed potato beat well, is it using mixter or hand whisk.
Hi Soh, I used the cake mixer to beat brown sugar, salt and mashed potato. I already updated it in my recipe. Thanks for highlighting 🙂
@Lite Home Bake
Lite Home Bake, I didn't used that mould to bake my sweet potato cupcake as that mould was too small (mini size)… just for the purpose of photo taking. Sorry for misleading ;D
This looks so good, will try this out definitely. I tried out your purple sweet potato cupcake some time ago, i love the taste but i couldn't get it to rise high like yours, any idea where i went wrong? Thanks
Hi Lyndsey, Actually I wanted to bake sweet potato pie but later changed the idea and made this cakes.
Janine, Thank you ur nice words. I'm sure you can do a better job 🙂
i usually mash my sweet potato and put them into cupcakes but haven't tried them cubed yet – they do sound very interesting though! definitely trying this out soon!!
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These cupcakes look amazing Ann! It could be a meal in itself! Sweet potatoes are not that expensive here(especially cheap around Thanksgiving), they just don't use them in many sweets except pie!
Have a wonderful day Ann!
@Nami | Just One Cookbook
Hi Nami, Thank you for your compliment. Are potatoes very expensive in US?
Thank you much Kavi for your sweet comment.
Aahh..Cheah, you're absolutely right. This cupcakes really like 'soong ko' even after chilling, the cakes are still very soft to eat.
@Biren @ Roti n Rice
Thanks Biren. I love sweet potatoes and this recipe is so delicious. Hope I can share with you when I make with the purple sweet potatoes.
Thank you Patty for stopping by 🙂
Your brioche bubble rolls are beautiful, I love it!
@Passionate About Baking
Sure Jane 🙂 You can have more than one piece. .. how about 3? 😀
Now I am really craving for some cupcakes!
I wish we have sweet potato cupcakes here. I eat sweet potatoes in sweets a lot growing up, but unless I make my own, I can't eat it in the US… I really love what you made Ann. It looks so moist and delicious!
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Looks so soft and fluffy, Ann. Think it'll taste somewhat like 'soong ko' with added raisins and sweet potatoes ….mmm
These steamed cupcakes look so soft and delicious! Using purple sweet potatoes will make it even prettier. I will have to give this a try one of these days as I have not eaten steamed cakes in a while. I think I may have to try that frangipane tart first. Every time I visit your blog, I bookmark something I would like to make 🙂 Many thanks for all your wonderful recipes!
Simple, delicious! Love it.
I came over from Roti & Rice to check out your Italian apple muffins, which I do want to make, they look so good! But then I thought I would check out what you've been baking recently and wow do these muffins look good, I love sweet potatoes;-)
Yes, it seems moist and fluffy! And so good to have chunks of tender-soft sweet potatoes in there.
This looks awesome…Yummy one..A must to try..
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hi ann, they sound something not to be missed. I'm sure the texture is soft and look at the chunks of sweet potatoes there, i love that!
Thanks Anne for your nice words 🙂
Chris, right the texture is very soft even after chilling it.
Sonia, Okashi has another recipe ~ sweet potato tart. I want to try it too.
Thanks Tze 🙂
Sherleen, you can make this too. Very simple and and delicious 🙂
Hi None, Thank you for visiting.
sounds delicious and look georgeous:)
Definitely not a sinful treat, I want I want!Love sweet potato.
Such a lovely combination. You always have the wonderful healthy ideas 🙂
Love this cake a lot. Sounds so delish! The cakes look fabulous. Thanks for sharing another recipe.
oooo fluffy goodness!! I love the use of sweet potato- Pretty sure the texture will be interesting.
Very healthy cupcakes indeed, next time I should give this a try. Steamed cupcakes are not as 'heaty' as those baked ones 🙂
Love the different textures of the sweet potato and raisins.
Very healthy cupcake. I am sure it taste very good.
Wow! Looks really special and nice. Can I have one please? :p
3.44pm ..Tea time again. I hope I am not too late to come to enjoy this healthy cupcake with you. This cake looks so moist and yummy! Looking fwd to see your purple colour one in the near future.
A healthy delicious cupcake, yum…yum… 😉
OOOh ok Ill try tooo. m always looking for healthy but sweet snacks….and I LOVE steamed.
First time I came across a recipe like this…great for sweet potato lovers and the texture looks fluffy, a bonus for being healthy too! Would love to try it with the purple variety:D
the cupcakes look stunning, you are just creative enough to put the sweet potato on the cakes…like it:)
Ann, this is such a healthy cupcakes! You are amazing to come out with this idea!!
ya ya, i saw this recipe in Okashi book too, have been bookmarked to do also, since you said so nice, i must try this soon..Thanks for the inspiration!