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

Ingredients:

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

cupcakes
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

frosting
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

Directions:

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

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 17, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

    These look amazing!!! I love the idea of using sweet potatoes instead of pumpkin. Good way to change things up :)

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    Erika Brown — November 17, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    I’m not gonna lie – sweet potato cupcakes don’t sound that great on their own. But then you show the pictures and they sound awesome. Great job!

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    Emily — November 17, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

    There is a cupcake place in Nashville that makes a simple sweet potato cupcake with cream cheese icing. It’s TO DIE FOR. I look forward to making these and seeing how they compare to my bakery favorite!

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    Maria — November 17, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    THESE PICS ARE SO DELICIOUS LOOKING THAT IT’S NECESSARY I WRITE IN ALL CAPS!

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    allison @ thesundayflog — November 17, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    making these for my work thanksgiving lunch!!!

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    Jackie Grandy — November 17, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    Beautiful photos and yummy dessert!

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    Katie — November 17, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    I love sweet potato pie. I haven’t had it in years, but I remember loving it with all of my heart. I’m sure my heart would love these little cupcakes, too.

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    Whitney L. — November 17, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

    The only sweet potato pie I’ve ever eaten was one I made from Joy The Baker :) So good…

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    nicole {sweet peony} — November 17, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    you are a genius! i love sweet potatoes & i love sweet potato casserole (which one version totally has a marshmallow topping) but i can’t speak for sweet potato pie. anywho, i want these cupcakes now! marshmallow buttercream is one of my favorite frostings so i knoowwww these would be amazing!

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    Kaitlyn — November 17, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    MM, these look amazing. I don’t know about this sweet potato pie comparison though — my mum makes an amazing sweet potato pie with brown sugar and caramelized pecans on top. Never had one with marshmallows …. ah well, looks delish!

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    Moni'sMeals — November 17, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

    Are you kidding me! Wow, I never really have heard or thought of this but you have me sold on another unique treat. Lovely photos, yum!!

    Thanks Jessica!

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    Erin — November 17, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

    I also have never had/made/seen a sweet potato pie. But these cupcakes definitely look good!

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    Keyairra — November 17, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

    I have never made these before….they sound and look great too. I made some pumpkin cupcakes and they are so delish everyone loved them. I sold lots of those. I am going to make these and I will let you know how they taste. Thanks for the recipe.

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    betty — November 17, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    wow potato pie cupcakes it’s enough to make me lick the screen

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    Tracy @ Commit to Fit — November 17, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    I have also never been near a sweet potato pie, but I would like to be very near these cupcakes :)

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    Culinary Collage — November 17, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    These cupcakes look beautiful and sound like they are to die for……..yum!

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    Christina @ ovenadventures — November 17, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

    I just made these and seriously they are fabulous! People make these!!!!

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    Jess — November 17, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

    Hey, you changed up your frosting blob! Super cute, btw!

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    Jules @La Petite Maison Verte — November 17, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

    Hi! New reader to your blog and I just felt compelled to tell you how devastatingly irresistible those cupcakes look. Literally, I cannot stand how fluffy and amazing that marshmallow buttercream looks – it’s too much for my PMS-ing self to bear! I’ve only had sweet potato pie once (which I realize doesn’t exactly make me an authority on it…) but it tastes very very similar to pumpkin pie. And I’m sorry to say I don’t think it has marshmallows on it (that would be the casserole)…but it should as you have proved here! And one more thing: anyone who denies singing into a hairbrush in the bathroom is straight-up lying. Lovely blog! Can’t wait for bread tomorrow!

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    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — November 17, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

    I’ve never tried it either! I’d like one of these though :)

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — November 17, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

    What an amazing idea for a cupcake! These look so amazing and your photography is lovely.

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    Sarah — November 17, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    I’m going to give you my address and you are going to send me one, right?

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    Nicole, RD — November 17, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

    These sooo beat out my sweet potato fries from dinner. They look sooo good!

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    Melanie — November 17, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

    damnit son! i just started eating swt pot pie 2 yrs ago and if i would of seen or tasted these babies years ago i would of been had swt pot pie! BC my aunt makes 6 swt pot pies and 6 pumpkin pies every yr on thanksgiving AND christmas that she hosts!!! Jessica, u ROCK!

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    Luv What You Do — November 17, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

    Sweet potatoe pie is one of my favorites! You are missing out! Head down to Gus’s Fried Chicken in Memphis for a taste!

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    Lynn — November 17, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

    holy shit these SCREAM awesome… i cannot wait to try them and report back

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    Samantha — November 17, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

    Sorry to hijack this, but I just made your grown up hot chocolate, like not even 5 minutes ago and I must say, it was AMAZING!!! I’m on my 2nd cup and I’ll probably have one more before I go to bed. This doesn’t make me an alcoholic does it? Because I could easily make this once a week and be happy.

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    Lauren from Lauren's Latest — November 18, 2011 @ 12:19 am

    These look insane!!! I’m in love!

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    Clare @ sweetnsimple — November 18, 2011 @ 1:36 am

    Ohh these look unreal !! So keen to try.. sweet potato anything is my fave !

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    Casey @ Insatiably Healthy — November 18, 2011 @ 1:46 am

    I don’t think I’ve been as intrigued by sweet potato pie as I am right now. Why must you tempt me so.
    Just kidding though, please keep tempting me

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    Maria — November 18, 2011 @ 2:11 am

    …interesting, a form of potato that I haven’t eaten yet. xD Yum!

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    Sandra — November 18, 2011 @ 8:32 am

    We have way more sweet potato pie rather than pumpkin and it looks like you got this one right.

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    Lorie — November 18, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    Yum!!! I have never tried marshmallow buttercream frosting. Will be changing that soon!

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    Skinny Fat Kid — November 18, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    So good! I don’t think I’ve ever had sweet potato pie either, nor have I had the opportunity to!

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    Stacy — November 18, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    These look amazing! I love sweet potatoes!

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    Marla — November 18, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    Ok, im making these for turkey day! they look amazing! and that frosting, OMG! I can’t wait to try one!!

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    CouponClippingCook — November 18, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    Wow! These are over the top amazingly delicious looking! Your pics are soooo beautiful too! What a perfect way to get your veggies for the day.

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    Hannah Jayne — November 18, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    I made sweet potato pie once and it was good. So good I made it once.
    So, obviously, being an authority on the subject, I’ll be happy to taste your sweet potato cupcakes (that sounds dirty, but I don’t mean it that way) and give you all the reassurance you need that you and your cupcakes rock my face off. Because that’s the kind of friend I am. You’re welcome. And yes, I did have a smoretini for breakfast, why do you ask? ;) please keep making my day – LOVE this blog!

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    Tracy — November 18, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    These look soooo good and so decadent. I’ve never had sweet potato pie either, but who needs it with these cupcakes?!

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    Flor — November 18, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    I cannot get over how beautiful these cupcakes are! I am definitely making them for Thanksgiving…more things to add to my grocery list!

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    Heather — November 18, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    I have an awesome recipe for Sweet Potato Pie on my blog, Hanson Girl, if you’d like to try it sometime! I have to say that the pictures of food you feature on your blog are so good I can almost taste what you have made. You do such a good job. Love to read your posts daily!

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    Lauren — November 18, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    Omg, I read the title and was like hmm, these sound interesting and then the more I read and the more pictures I saw by the end I was like OMG, I NEED TO MAKE THESE! Great post! Also love the blog! Great job! :)

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    Bethany — November 18, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    Hairbrush = microphone… Totally busted by my then-boyfriend/now-husband with that one time. He still gives me crap about it.

    Oh, and those cupcakes totally make me drool. I need to just quit my job so I can keep up with all these delicious recipes that you post!

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    carolyn — November 18, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

    im going to make these right now!

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    Honey What's Cooking — November 18, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

    this just looks amazing. i was a little wary about potato cupcakes, but man, you just have all those tricks up your sleeve. amazing. i wish you were my neighbor. :-) move to NYC.

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — November 18, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    Mmmmm…. come to Mama!!!

    I’ve never had sweet potato pie before as well. This recipe is perfect for the taste test. Send some. Like, NOW!!

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    Heather — November 19, 2011 @ 2:16 am

    SUPER important question: how can I adjust the recipe to make mini-sweet-potato-pie-marshmallowy-goodness cupcakes? Is that even possible?

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    Toya — November 19, 2011 @ 2:29 am

    I am sooo doing these this weekend cuz i love me some sweet potato pie and I know this recipe is gonna be WICKED GOOD!

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    Renee — November 19, 2011 @ 2:34 am

    Since there will only be three of us for Thanksgiving at our home- these will be one of our dessert items! Can’t wait to make them. A dedicated reader!

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    Fallon — November 19, 2011 @ 11:10 am

    This would be a good substitute for the sweet potato casserole. ;)

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