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!

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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.

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

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

  1. #
    Sally — November 17, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    I’ve never had sweet potato pie, too, and I feel like I am getting shafted by the sweet potato universe. These cupcakes, particularly in the lovely icing picture shot from above, look scrumptrulescent.


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    Nicola @ unhip squirrel — November 17, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    these sound hands down amazing. I’m all over the marshmallow buttercream icing. Thanks for sharing!


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    Mal @ The Chic Geek — November 17, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    What a sensational idea, these look amazing!


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    Rachel — November 17, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    These look really yummy! They also seem like they might be a good thing to make for the gazillion children that will be at my family’s thanksgiving celebration who don’t really care for pie.


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    Sweet and Savvy — November 17, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    Now officially on the Thanksgiving menu:)


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    Shannon — November 17, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    Gah! I can’t wait to try these. There is a cupcake shop here in Nashville that makes THE BEST sweet potato cupcake and I’ve tried to recreate it, but just can’t. This goes on my long “To Bake” list. Awesome!


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    Laura — November 17, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    Holy cow.

    I am the pickiest eater ever, and have only made one of your recipes (carmel popcorn), but I just have to tell you… I think you have the funniest blog ever. I read it every day for the comedy. Once in a while, there is a recipe that my taste buds (of a five year old) will like, and I try it. But seriously, funny stuff. Keep it up. Please.

    PS My husband told someone I made awesome sweet potato pie from scratch. Mind you, I have never in my life seen or eaten sweet potato pie either. Poor guy got sweet potato confused with pumpkin.


  8. #
    Lisa @ Life in Green — November 17, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    I love how your recipe developin’ mind works. :)


  9. #
    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — November 17, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    Well, they certainly look good!
    Still needing some reassurance? You are loved by so many beyond your wildest dreams and are doing great things with your blog!
    Keep it up, Jessica!!


  10. #
    Estela @ Weekly Bite — November 17, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    These look incredible!! I’ve never tasted sweet potato pie either :)


  11. #
    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — November 17, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    My favorite sweet potato pie that I make every year is topped with marshmallow. It’s always a hit, so I bet these are amazing!


  12. #
    Cait's Plate — November 17, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    Oh heck yes. I made these a while ago. Yours look way better. Not that that stopped me from eating the entire batch…


  13. #
    Chris — November 17, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    Oh, for Pete’s sake! Get it together out there, people! MAKE SWEET POTATO PIE! It’s truly awesome! (I’ve made butternut squash pie, too. ) Look for a recipe that has pure maple syrup in it. You will NOT be sorry!

    Dang, now I have to make one…..


  14. #
    Jess @ Jess Go Bananas — November 17, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    Okay, you rock. period. :D


  15. #
    Kath — November 17, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    Wow, oh wow!


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    Ashley — November 17, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    “Barfy”…LOL! From what I understand sweet potato pie is almost the exact same as pumpkin, but I have heard people that say they like sweet tater pie more. Awesome addition with the marshmallow frosting!


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    Ashley — November 17, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    Thank you for posting the link to the James Taylor video. I love James Taylor, but somehow I did not know about this song. I have called my oldest daughter sweet potato pie all her life. Now that she is a teen, she has asked me to please stop, as she doesn’t even like sweet potatoes. I love them though, so I will never stop calling her that (only in private though). I immediately sent her a link to the video, she will be thrilled (not)! She deleted all the JT I put on her ipod.


  18. #
    fluke — November 17, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    you have got to be kidding me. these look amazing!!! i love sweet potato pie!!!


  19. #
    Jordana Russell — November 17, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    I don’t like sweet potato pie.. or sweet potato casserole for that matter. But these do look interesting!
    I love sweet potato bread though!! (Made with the white sweet potatoes, not the orange{yams}) Sorry for the confusion :)


  20. #
    Kita — November 17, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    Insert evil laughter here. You may have just found a way for me to sneak some sweet potato lovin into my families sweet-potato-less Thanksgiving day spread.


  21. #
    Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama — November 17, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    My goodness lady these look incredible! You don’t give anyone a bad name when you make creations like this.


  22. #
    Jackie Grandy — November 17, 2011 @ 11:44 am

    These look absolutely divine! I love that they are made with sweet potato.


  23. #
    Samantha — November 17, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    I’m on the same boat with you. I’ve never, EVER had sweet potato pie. People look at me weirdly at this time of year when I say I’ve never had sweet potato. I do, however, LOVE yams & only get them once a year when Thanksgiving rolls around. Which I keep being told are very similar to sweet potato pie.


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    Kristen @ Chocolate Covered Kristen — November 17, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    The bf is 1) a ginger (this really has nothing to do with anything) and 2) a southerner – therefore he loves things fried in bacon grease, his Granny, and sweet potatoes… and all I hear about at Thanksgiving is his Granny’s sweet potato pie. But I don’t like pumpkin pie, so I decided that I would probably not like sweet potato pie either. Cupcakes are a win-win though. And I want to bathe in that frosting.


  25. #
    Adrienne @ Midwestern Belle — November 17, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    I’ve never had sweet potato pie either, but it always makes me think of Alabama and “Song of the South.” These look so yummy!


  26. #
    Sarah R. — November 17, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    My mind is racing looking for an excuse to make that frosting stat! I’m thinking it would be awesome on banana cupcakes. Or root beer float cupcakes… or any cupcakes.


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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles — November 17, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    I am most impressed that you thought this one up. Most creative. I have also never had sweet potato pie, but you wouldn’t have to twist my arm to eat one (or four) of your cupcakes. De-lish.


  28. #
    Jesse — November 17, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    sweet potato pie is quite delicious, really a spin on pumpkin pie but more unexpected. definitely try it sometime. p.s. these cupcakes look killer.


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    Mimi (Gingersnaps) — November 17, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    I am from Texas and therefore well-versed in sweet potato pie. -sigh- Shall I take one for the team and taste test? Haha, only joking, they look delish! I’m fascinated by the marshmallow frosting. So nice to meet you at FoodBuzz by the way!


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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — November 17, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    Love sweet potato pie. I think it tastes very similar to pumpkin pie, which I love too. The cupcakes look great, loving the frosting!


  31. #
    Joy — November 17, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    This sounds absolutely darling and perfect.


  32. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — November 17, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    Marshmallow buttercream frosting??? I think I just died and went to heaven


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    Michelle — November 17, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    These look amazing! I haven’t ever tried sweet potato pie either but every time I make a sweet potato casserole I always say it would be an awesome tasting pie so why not cupcakes. I will have to try these next week.

    Your blog is an inspiration to those of us who are just starting out and I wake up every morning hoping you have written a new post. You make me laugh every day and I love your since of humor.


  34. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — November 17, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    I have never met a sweet potato pie I actually like but I bet I could get onboard with these cupcakes!


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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — November 17, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    I wish there was an entire blog of just your pictures. I would just sit and stare at them, lol. These look fantastic! I had sweet potato pie from one of my mom’s old coworkers (funny story, they ended up having a REALLY bad working relationship–thank God the sweet potato pie came before that!). It is delicious.


  36. #
    Maria — November 17, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    Can I just move in with you, please? :)


  37. #
    sara — November 17, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    Love these cupcakes – wow! I love sweet potato pie…these look like the perfect way to enjoy it in cupcake form! :)


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    christina @ ovenadventures — November 17, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    I have never had sweet potato anything except fries. Mmmm sweet potato fries. I am totally gonna make these. I don’t have fluff so I’ll have to come up with something else but the cupcakes sound fabulous. I’m also NOT gonna tell me sweet potato hating bf what’s in them and secretly laugh as he inhales 5 of the cupcakes in one sitting.


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    Emmy (Wine and Butter) — November 17, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    I’ve had sweet potato cake and it looked very like that and it was AMAZING (no idea what was in it as it was post a disastrous baking attempt by yours truly, so I was relishing in OTHER people baking at the farmers market).

    SO, despite having never tried your cupcakes I’d like to inform your readers that from my experience they are super likely to be highly delicious. I really want one!!! BUT Ive just made 24 PB&J flapjacks (which I’m loving but, having eaten 3 in the last 3 hours am getting kind of sick of) so better finish those first I suppose. And try NOT to bake and eat everything I see and like! groan.



  40. #
    Ali @ Around the VeggieTable — November 17, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

    Those look INSANE. Like, I kind of want to cry looking at them.


  41. #
    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — November 17, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

    I think sweet potato pie is more popular here in the south. I make a version that is a sweet potato pie/pecan pie (who knew infusing two popular southern flavors would work so well)! But any pie in cupcake form, especially with marshmallow frosting, is a good thing!


  42. #
    Mama Pea — November 17, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    You had me at marshmallow frosting. And I have vegan marshmallow creme in my cupboard right now!


  43. #
    Brooke Bailey — November 17, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    My mother makes SPP every year for thanksgiving. She is so proud of her pie, that she brags about it the entire time we are eating…. As her pie bragging is not enough… she declares that her merainge is the most beautiful, delightful piece of art in the line up of thanksgiving deserts.

    I tried her pie last year for the 1st time in my life… it was forgettable.

    I am going to make these for Thanksgiving and steal her “thunder”… I’m thrilled about it!

    Love your blog… It makes for a much need laugh at work everyday!



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    what katie's baking — November 17, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    AHHHH!!!!!! best recipe i’ve ever seen!


  45. #
    Anita — November 17, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    Oooh. I love sweet potato pie, but then I’m southern and it kinda comes natural. However, I have never ONCE had any kind of marshmallow anything on a sweet potato pie. Suddenly, all the pie I’ve eaten up to this time sounds like crap! Where the heck were the marshmallows?

    Seriously. Caramel drizzle? I would totally name my first child Jessica based on that alone. Except she’s 15 and wouldn’t take kindly to the change.


  46. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — November 17, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    These look awesome! I haven’t ever eaten sweet potato pie either! I have eaten the marshmallows off sweet potato casserole, though…that counts, right?


  47. #
    Jen Marie — November 17, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    Ok, Jessica. Sweet potato pie is made just like pumpkin pie. Sorta. But the overall results taste similar, but with a sweeter pie and the texture is less custard and more sweet potato casserole-ish.
    Same spices are used, so it’s almost completely the same, but not really.
    Probably you’re going to have to try to make one.


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    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries — November 17, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    I don’t know how you’ve lived and not had sweet potato pie girl!! Ahh I LOVE it. It’s definitely what I look forward to the most at Thanksgiving. Regardless, these cupcakes look incredible. I am going to make them today, I decided.


  49. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — November 17, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    I actually have never had sweet potato pie either! But with these cupcakes, who needs anything else?!


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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — November 17, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    These look amaaaazing. The last time I made marshmallow frosting I nearly killed my hand mixer. I think I’ll have to wait for Santa to bring me a stand mixer before attempting these :)



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