Purple Sweet Potato Cakes


These Chinese cakes are filled with purple sweet potato, making them both gorgeous looking and tasting. Naturally sweet, glutinous rice flour is available in Asian markets and also many supermarkets. It makes a delicious pastry.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
31 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 1 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound purple sweet potatoes, peeled

  • 3 tablespoons lukewarm water, or more as needed

  • 1 cup glutinous rice flour

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed


  1. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add sweet potatoes, cover, and steam until tender, about 20 minutes.

  2. Mash sweet potatoes in a bowl using a potato masher. Let cool, about 10 minutes.

  3. Mix water into the rice flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until a pliable dough forms. Divide dough into walnut-sized balls.

  4. Roll out balls of dough into thin rounds on a flat work surface. Drop spoonfuls of mashed sweet potato onto half of the rounds. Cover with remaining rounds. Press edges together to form little cakes.

  5. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook cakes in batches until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

299 Calories
4g Fat
61g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 299
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 66mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 418mg 9%

* 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.