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Recipe courtesy of Michelle Wilson

Sweet Potato Cupcakes, Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting, Candied Pecans

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 50 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 25 min
  • Yield: 18 cupcakes
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Ingredients

One 16-ounce can sweet potatoes

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

4 large eggs, lightly beaten

Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe follows

Candied Pecans, recipe follows

Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting:

One 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature

3 sticks butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup light brown sugar

6 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Candied Pecans:

Nonstick cooking spray, for greasing

1 egg white

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 pound chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake pan with 18 paper liners, set aside. 
  2. Make the sweet potato puree by processing the sweet potatoes in a food processor. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger and nutmeg. 
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and eggs. Add the dry ingredients. Whisk in the sweet potato puree. Fill each cupcake in the prepared pan three-quarters full of batter. 
  4. Bake until the tops spring back when touched and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool. 
  5. To assemble: Frost the cupcakes with the Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting. Sprinkle with the Candied Pecans.

Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until creamy. Add the butter and beat until well incorporated. Add the light brown sugar and beat until fluffy. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until well incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.

Candied Pecans:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. 
  2. Beat the egg white in a bowl until frothy; whisk 4 teaspoons water and the vanilla extract into the egg. Stir the sugar, cinnamon and salt into the egg mixture. Add the chopped pecans, stir to coat completely. Spread the pecans onto the baking sheet. Bake the pecans, stirring about every 20 minutes, until the coating forms a glaze, about 1 hour. Allow to cool on the baking sheet.
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