Ooh Thanksgiving… a day devoted to eating (and being thankful of course!). The dessert menu is my responsibility and this year I wanted to introduce a non-pie dish. I thought, “Why not try sweet potato cupcakes?”
For as long as I can remember, my family has never served sweet potato pie at Thanksgiving, but I always thought how perfect the sweet spuds would be as a dessert dish. After all, they are one of my favorite sides during the main meal!
Immediately my mind went to cupcakes. (Sorry pie, but you get the spotlight every year.) And more specifically mini cupcakes so those who are going for their usual slice of apple pie won’t feel too guilty reaching for a bite-size sweet potato cupcake.
Who am I kidding, the guilt is long gone after the second serving of turkey, right?
Any way, these sweet potato cupcakes are similar to carrot cake in that they both have a moist consistency and pair well with fall spices (think cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.).
The recipe calls for 2 1/2 cups of shredded sweet potato (I got all that from one rather large sweet potato). The bright orange pieces create a delightfully warm hue in these little treats. That paired with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, you have all the seasonal flavors in one cupcake.
But what really makes these mini sweet potato cupcakes extraordinary is the marshmallow frosting. That inspiration came from the sprinkling of mini marshmallows on top of mashed sweet potatoes—a tradition that never made sense to me, but I just go with it.
Clearly my mind just works in terms of dessert because sweet potato cupcakes with marshmallow frosting makes complete sense to me.
The marshmallow creme frosting sits on top of these cupcakes like a sweet fluffy cloud. Light and airy, the frosting packs quite a bit of sweetness, which holds up well with the warm flavors in the spiced sweet potato cupcakes.
I must admit though, at Thanksgiving I usually go straight for a slice of pecan pie or my mom’s apple pie, but this year I will definitely be reaching for sweet potato cupcakes first. These sweet bite-sized treats are just what I’ll be craving after the savory Thanksgiving meal. And since they’re mini, I’ll definitely be going back for seconds!