Sweet Potato Cupcakes: an unexpected deliciousness!

I’ve never had sweet potato in cake before.  So, when I found myself with 1.6kg of sweet potato to use up, I searched through my recipes for something we could make.  I found a gem in one of my favourite cupcake resources: Cupcakes with Attitude.

Someone once told me if you use 1 recipe from a cookbook, it would have earned its keep.  I have cookbooks which I thumb through ever so often but never actually make anything from.  This book is different: we regularly make 3 cakes from Cupcakes with Attitude (a moist chocolate, a lemon & a coffee cake) and occasionally find new surprises like this one.  Everyone who has eaten it simply loves it – we hope you will enjoy it too!

Sweet Potato Cranberry Cupcakes

  • 300g  Sweet Potato
  • 100g  Flour (recipe calls for all-purpose; I used cake flour for a lighter cake) + 1 Tbsp for sifting over cranberries
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 125g Unsalted Butter
  • 100g Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp milk (recipe called for soy milk, I used skim cow’s milk)
  • 100g dried cranberries


  1. Steam sweet potato. Remove skin & mash.
  2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees centigrade.
  3. Line muffin trays with cupcake liners.
  4. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon & ginger into a bowl.
  5. In another bowl, cream the butter and gradually add sugar.  Continue to beat until well-combined.
  6. Add eggs and beat until mixture is light & fluffy.
  7. Add flour mixture, mix well.  Stop immediately once all flour has been mixed in.
  8. Add mashed sweet potatoes & milk.  Mix well.
  9. Sift 1 Tbsp of flour over the cranberries.  Fold cranberries into the mixture.
  10. Spoon batter into the cupcake liners until 2/3 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cupcakes sit for about 5 minutes.
  11. Remove cupcakes from tray and cool on a wire rack.
  12. Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt & scatter a few cranberries to garnish.




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