True story: I have never eaten sweet potato pie.

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I’ve never even seen a sweet potato pie.

I’ve never been in the same room as a sweet potato pie.

I’ve never tried to make my own sweet potato pie.

I’ve never even looked at a recipe for sweet potato pie.

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The closest I’ve ever come to sweet potato pie is belting out James Taylor’s song (holy old school throwback vid) in my bathroom with the awesome echoing acoustics. Hairbrush = microphone, anyone??

But since I take pictures of my food and like to pretend that I know what I’m doing while giving all real chefs a bad name, I made sweet potato pie cupcakes.

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Annnnd I think I should be given a gold star for making a dessert with a vegetable. Progress!

Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting I

I’m really hoping one of you lovely fellows who have tasted sweet potato pie… or maybe those of you that are sweet potato pie connoisseurs… will make these cupcakes and tell me if I came anywhere close to sweet potato pie. I figure that sweet potato pie has sweet potatoes (duh), cinnamon, lots of sugar and then marshmallows? But I could totally be getting that screwed up with sweet potato casserole, in which case I just made a casserole cupcake. Which kind of sounds barfy.

These are anything but barfy, but I’m whiny and needy today and need reassurance.

Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting I

Because… you know, eating a half dozen cupcakes in two days is not assuring enough. Help.

Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting I


Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

Yield: makes 12 cupcakes

Total Time: 1.5 hours


graham crust
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 1/3 cups loosely packed brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
6 ounces cooked, mashed sweet potato
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff
3 cups of powdered sugar
1-2 teaspoons milk, if needed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake tin with liners. In a small bowl, mix melted butter, sugar and graham cracker crumbs until moist, then press about 1/2-1 tablespoon of crumbs into the bottom of each liner.

In a large bowl, whisk egg and sugar together until combined and no lumps remain. Add in vanilla extract and butter, then whisk in sweet potato. Add in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, then add in milk and stir until combined and smooth. Drop about 1/4 cup of batter on top of each graham cracker crust. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until cupcakes are set and spring back at the touch. Let cool completely before frosting.

To make frosting: beat butter in the bowl of electric mixer until creamy. Add in fluff and beat for 2-3 minutes, then add in vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until fully incorporated. Once all the sugar has been added, beat on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes. If mixture if too runny, add a bit more sugar. If it’s too thick, add a bit of milk one teaspoon at a time. Frost cupcakes and drizzle with caramel sauce and crushed cinnamon pecans.

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I can’t wait to tell you about bread tomorrow.

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244 Responses to “Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting.”

  1. #
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — November 17, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    I’ve never had a sweet potato pie either but if it’s anything like these cupcakes, I think I’d like it.


  2. #
    Kathryn — November 17, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    I don’t know if I’ve even been on the same continent as a sweet potato pie so I’m probably not the best person to give you any assurances on that front but I can tell you that they look mighty pretty. Does that help?


  3. #
    Katrina — November 17, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    Oh dear me! These sound heavenly :)


  4. #
    mary (sisters running the kitchen) — November 17, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    i’ve never had sweet potato pie, but i do love everything sweet potato! these cupcakes look absolutely amazing and I am loving the look of that marshmallow frosting!


  5. #
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — November 17, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    you always make the BEST looking cupcakes. omg.

    the batter alone in the 1st pic is like a bath Id like to dive into!

    and the marshmallow buttercream?! I dont care if they dont taste like ‘the original’. They look amazing in their own right!


  6. #
    Bridget {bake at 350} — November 17, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    You know what’s funny? I *just* blogged about sweet potato pie. You need to be in the same room with it…..I promise. These cupcakes?!!? I’m scared to be in the same room with them. They look utterly delicious….the perfect accompaniment to the pie, I think.


    • Jessica — November 17th, 2011 @ 8:46 am

      This pie is calling my name… bigtime!


  7. #
    Lindsay — November 17, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    While, I don’t THINK I’ve had sweet potato pie my [future ex-] mother-in-law would always make sweet potato pie and tell everyone it was pumpkin pie because none of her kids like sweet potatoes! No one ever knew the difference! So, that’s why I said I don’t THINK I’ve had it, as she very well could have said it was pumpkin, and really been sweet potato. Doesn’t matter to me, I love sweet potatoes.


  8. #
    Clare — November 17, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    wow! a cupcake with a vegetable in it??? just reached my daily vegetable requirements with this. every. single day.


  9. #
    Jessica L. — November 17, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    these make me totally want to try sweet potatoes!


  10. #
    Jennifer@Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 17, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    Now I have said my husband doesn’t like sweet potatoes, but there is no way he would ever know in this recipe! Made cupcakes last night, but why not two nights in a row? These looks so good! I’m always browsing your recipes and everything always looks great! If you have any left overs of anything you make, please send them my way! :)


  11. #
    Stephanie — November 17, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    look at you with the fancy swirl!


  12. #
    Becki's Whole Life — November 17, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    These look amazing. I have had sweet potato pie and it is definitely cupcake worthy. I love that you gave the cupcakes the crust on the bottom. The marshmallow on top makes me think of sweet potato casserole, too. Either one is yummy – especially in cupcake form! Ok, that frosting is insane……if I made that my kids would never bother with the cake:-)


  13. #
    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — November 17, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    Oh, so this is the potato and cupcake thing you were giving reference to yesterday. Much better than where my imagination was taking me. Delicious to be exact…. My mom makes a mean sweet potato pie! She made one last weekend for the opening of pheasant season- it looked delicious!


  14. #
    Wenderly — November 17, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    I’ve never had sweet potato pie either! But these look darling & divine!


  15. #
    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — November 17, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    Ooof, that frosting!! I’m a sucker for anything Fluff.


  16. #
    heather — November 17, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    Please can I come over? Like, for permanently? I swear, I can almost taste them!!!! Sweet potato is one of my favorite flavors ever.


    • Jessica — November 17th, 2011 @ 8:45 am

      As long as you bring sprinkles!


  17. #
    Sammi — November 17, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    I literally just popped a sweet potato pie out of the oven about an hour ago. Very easy to make and super yummy!!


  18. #
    Trish — November 17, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    Dear Lord help me stay strong…you are killing me with these wonderful recipes. I will be walking more miles if I continue to eat everything you show us. I can’t wait to try these, I LOVE sweet potato pie! You are my hero you put it in a cupcake. Now could you make a sweet potato donut for us.(hint)


  19. #
    Kim in MD — November 17, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    I have never had sweet potato pie, or even pumpkin pie for that matter. I’m not sure why, since I love sweet potatoes and pumpkin anything! There is just something about they way those pies look…I just can’t get past that to take a bite. Anyway, these cupcakes are a different story. They look AMAZING! You are so creative, Jessica!


    • Jessica — November 17th, 2011 @ 8:45 am

      Oh my word… YOU have never had pumpkin pie?! Can I ask what dessert you guys have on Thanksgiving? I usually prefer chocolate desserts, but always have to have a bite or two of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving!


  20. #
    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — November 17, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    Whoa, a cupcake with a vegetable in it AND you’re switching up the frosting technique? Are you okay Jessica? ;) These look so tasty though–can’t wait to try them.


  21. #
    Megan — November 17, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    I love the bite mark in the frosting… sounds yummy!!!


  22. #
    Celestine — November 17, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    Needy? Whiney? Not Youuuuuuuuuuuu!
    I’ve never had sweet potato pie either, but the cupcakes look YUM!
    Next week my fiance, my mom and my sister are coming to town for my mom’s birthday and I’ll be using the marshmallow frosting to fill a four layer swiss chocolate cake drenched in amaretto. Of course the outside will be slathered in ganache.


    • Jessica — November 17th, 2011 @ 8:44 am

      That sounds amazing.


  23. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — November 17, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    I’ve never seen or tried a sweet potato pie either, but I’m sure your cupcakes are far superior… especially with that marshmallow fluff frosting – that’s a no-fail combo!


  24. #
    lisa — November 17, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    I love sweet potato pie, and by looks of it I will love these cupcakes too…. the frosting looks great, even though I actually do not like regular marshmellows


  25. #
    kathleen @ the daily crumb — November 17, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    amazing!! i’ve never had sweet potato pie either, but i’ll definitely try these cupcakes. i made similar sweet potato cupcakes last week… gotta feel good about sneaking veggie into your desserts!


  26. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — November 17, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    Giiiiirl, you need to get some sweet potato pie in you STAT. It’s SO good. My grandma makes it every Thanksgiving but she and I are the only ones that eat it so I get to take half of it home! Score!

    These cupcakes look awesome! Love the marshmallow buttercream!


  27. #
    sue — November 17, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    I have always wanted to try sweet potatoe pie, but no luck:( These sound amazing though, so it should count.


  28. #
    Kelly — November 17, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    Sweet Potato Pie is so good!! I like it better than pumpkin pie…my mom makes it every year with this walnut, coconut, and butter stuesel on top. It’s pretty much amazing.


  29. #
    Erica — November 17, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    I’ve never had sweet potato pie either? For some reason, pumpkin pie sounds normal…sweet potato pie sounds weird (even though they’re probably similar). Graham crust? You know I’m in ;)


  30. #
    Bridget — November 17, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    Ya know… I’ve never had or seen a sweet potato pie either. But whenever I hear (or read, I suppose) sweet potato pie, I always think of the Alabama Song of the South… In fact, now I can’t get it out of my head. Thanks a lot. ;)


  31. #
    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — November 17, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    These cupcakes look amazing, but you have got to try sweet potato pie. It will blow your mind- so much better than pumpkin!


  32. #
    Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) — November 17, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    Mmm I love sweet potatoes.. We actually always called the sweet potato casserole my mom makes at Thanksgiving – w little marshmallows on top? – sweet potato pie, and then after I got to college and such I learned that there’s actually a REAL pie by that name that has.. pie stuff in it. Either way, these cupcakes look delicious.


  33. #
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — November 17, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    Oh jeeze, these look amazing. You might have just changed my whole plan for what to bring to Thanksgiving dinner!


  34. #
    Missy — November 17, 2011 @ 9:26 am

    I can’t believe so many have never had sweet potato pie! Especially if you like sweet potatoes! But if you like pumpkin pie, you will love sweet potato pie. It’s better to me. Try Paula Deens recipe for Thanksgiving – you won’t regret it :) and NO canned sweet potatoes! I gave a girl some real mashed sweet potatoes for her pie because she had always used canned. She couldn’t believe the difference it made! (Not that you would use canned, just throwing it out there ;) .)


  35. #
    Bev Weidner — November 17, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    I’m dying to know if these are barfy. Frankly because I just love the word barfy. Barfy Barfy Barfy.

    Why do I want to watch the Brady Bunch now?

    p.s. I’d totes eat these.


  36. #
    Amanda — November 17, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    Mmmm. These cupcakes sound so good! I LOVE sweet potatoes and the combination of sweet potato pie cake with marshmallow frosting…heaven.

    Beautiful job frosting them. :)


  37. #
    Lucy @ Porridge and Parsnips — November 17, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    Drool! These are definitely going on my ever-lengthening list of “Thanksgiving style” recipes I want to make…and we don’t even celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK!


  38. #
    Jihane @Sinful Sundays — November 17, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    Yum!! Those look so good! I’m a sucker for sweet potato pies which are IMMENSELY better than pumpkin pie. True story.


  39. #
    Emily — November 17, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    You must have a sweet potato pie. I make them almost every year after buying a huge ‘bushel’ of sweet potatoes from the farmer’s market. It’s one of my favourites at least!
    I will definitely try these cupcakes, would be adorable for a Thanksgiving dessert. You make such lovely cupcakes!!!!!


  40. #
    Emily — November 17, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    *meant to add,….*
    I do think there is a difference between pumpkin and sweet potato pie. Sweet Potato pie has an earthy flavour, and I think pumpkin is a little sweeter actually. ;)


  41. #
    Kristen@PrettySweet — November 17, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    Oh, man, I love pumpkin anything…except for pumpkin pie! I could go without it for the rest of my life. To me, sweet potato pie is what pumpkin pie *wanted* to be – and could not. I can’t explain it, but it’s delicious! These cupcakes look amazing – and that buttercream…OH MY STARS. It’s perfect. =)


  42. #
    Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy — November 17, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    Love using my hairbrush as a microphone! These look delicious, I am loving the graham cracker crust!


  43. #
    Yammie @ Yammie's Noshery — November 17, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    Oh my. That frosting. Those cupcakes. That crust. The beauty of it all is too overwhelming for me.


  44. #
    Katie — November 17, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    These look amazing! I’m going to make them for my family for Thanksgiving. My mom’s family is from a very small town that has a Sweet Potato Festival- the Yamboree- every fall. I grew up eating sweet potato pie every October-November, but I think I am going to try these this year! Thanks so much!


  45. #
    Cookbook Queen — November 17, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    I’ve never been in the same room as a Sweet Potato Pie either. But these cupcakes make me wanna get acquainted.


  46. #
    megan @ whatmegansmaking — November 17, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    oh wow do these look good! I’ve never had sweet potato pie either, but I do eat sweet potato casserole every Thanksgiving which is sweet enough to be considered a pie! Either way, i want to try these cupcakes as soon as humanly possible. This weekend maybe. :)


  47. #
    Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food — November 17, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    I also have never seen, tasted, or been around sweet potato pie! If these are any indication of how it would be, I think I would like it!


  48. #
    Claire — November 17, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    I have been debating what I should make for Thanksgiving for weeks now… I think I found my answer. These look so delicious and cute!


  49. #
    Asmita — November 17, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    The recipe looks fabulous and the pictures are amazing. Looks so tempting and delicious.


  50. #
    Athena @ Fitness & Feta — November 17, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    I’ve never had sweet potato pie either! By the way, thanks a lot – now I want a cupcake for breakfast instead of the yogurt I brought to work!


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