Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting

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These spiced fall cupcakes are a riff on the classic Thanksgiving casserole. These days, I tend to like savory sweet potato dishes with the meal, but marshmallowy cupcakes make a terrific fall dessert! Store any leftover cupcakes in the refrigerator.

plate of sweet potato cupcakes with tall toasted swirl of marshmallow frosting
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Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 cupcakes

Ingredients

Sweet Potato Cupcakes:

  • ½ cup butter, room temperature

  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potatoes

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ½ cup milk, room temperature

Marshmallow Frosting:

  • cup white sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 2 large egg whites

  • 3 tablespoons cold water

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ cup marshmallow creme

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 12 muffin cups with cupcake liners.

  2. Beat butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add room-temperature eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Blend in vanilla extract and sweet potatoes.

  3. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves in a bowl. Add half the flour to the sweet potato mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Blend in the milk and the remaining flour mixture.

  4. Scoop batter into prepared cupcake pan and bake in preheated oven until tops spring back when touched lightly with a finger and a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Cool on rack.

  5. To make frosting, combine white sugar, cream of tartar, a pinch of salt, egg whites, and cold water in a heatproof mixing bowl. Set the mixing bowl over a pan of simmering water and beat with an electric mixer until the mixture is very hot to the touch and stiff peaks have formed, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the bowl from the heat and beat 1 minute more. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and marshmallow creme and beat until combined.

  6. To frost the cupcakes, fill a pastry bag fitted with a large plain tip with frosting; pipe mini marshmallow-shaped dots all over the cupcakes. Alternatively, use a knife and frost them generously with lots of swoops and swirls.

  7. Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  8. Arrange 3 or 4 cupcakes on a baking sheet and place them in the oven under the broiler. Toast until the frosting has started to brown, about 90 seconds (check every 20 seconds and rearrange the baking sheet, if necessary). Repeat with the remaining cupcakes until all are toasted.

Cook's Note:

If you have a handheld creme brulee torch, you can use that to brown the topping instead of your oven's broiler.

Editor's Note:

Please note the differences in yield and bake time when using the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

292 Calories
9g Fat
49g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 292
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 347mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 143mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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