Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

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These Sweet Potato Cupcakes are moist, sweet, tender, and downright delicious. And the Brown Sugar Marshmallow Frosting is amazing!!!

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Let’s talk about the story of these Sweet Potato Cupcakes.

Yesterday, my daughter informed me that it was her birthday…again. {Her real birthday is the beginning of February.} She also told me that she wanted to sing and eat cake. Oh and yesterday was also Christmas.

She has a vivid imagination.

So, in an effort to be a good parent and play along, I started making cupcakes.

EXCEPT…..problem 1: no butter. Usually I never run out and have my body weight in butter spread between my fridge and freezer. Somehow I happened to finish my last stick without realizing it. {–>What?? How would I not notice?}

Solution: Coconut Oil. Worked like a charm and gave a really yummy coconut undertone.

I continue baking when…

Problemo numero dos-o: almost no all purpose flour left. Can a girl just not catch a break? Again, how did I neglect to see this?

Never fear! White whole wheat pastry flour is here! I’ve never been more glad to have 17 different flours on hand! Just kidding. I have 5.

So, I get the cupcakes into the oven when……son of a mother–> no powdered sugar. Ohhhhh effffff. {That’s the third thing to go wrong, incase you’ve been counting along with me.} I start going through my mind about what I could make without powdered sugar when the figurative light goes on and I remember marshmallow frosting. Pure genius.

The universe really wanted us to have cupcakes, apparently. Or, I’m a little persistent.

So, my cupcakes get pulled out of the oven, my mind is blown by this frosting, and we enjoy our afternoon celebrating a fake birthday. These cupcakes were a pain in my side  moist, sweet, tender and downright delicious. And the frosting was amazing. A different texture than regular frosting but not quite like eating a marshmallow either. You basically just have to try it to be a believer. Pretty pretty please make these. They won’t disappoint. My happy little accident cupcakes 🙂 Here’s how you do it:

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Mix some coconut oil, brown sugar and granulated sugar together in a bowl.

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

To that, we’re going to pour in some vanilla bean paste {or just regular vanilla extract} and an egg + an egg yolk

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

and the mashed sweet potato.

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Whip this up until it looks light and fluffy.

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Now in a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients–all purpose flour, white whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Find one of these cover things {which is a brilliant creation from KitchenAid–>perfect for baking with kids and messy adults}

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

and with the mixer on low, alternate adding in the dry ingredients

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with some milk. Go back and forth starting and ending with the dry ingredients.

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

After all the ingredients are combined, remove the bowl from the mixer and give it a few stirs by hand.

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Now we’ll scoop our batter into our prepared pan and bake. Set these aside.

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Now for the frosting {the best part!!} Pour some water into a pot filled with brown sugar and sugar. Stir this around and place over medium high heat.

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

We have 1 egg white left over from making the cupcakes, so we’re going to whip it up with a little cream of tartar.

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

You want stiff peaks like so.

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Back to that sugar, once it comes to a nice rolling boil, start timing 1 minute. If you think it’s going to boil over, just stir in a little.

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

After the minute, remove it from the heat and stir in a few marshmallows until melted and smooth.

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Now, at this point, I ran out of hands so you’re just going to have to trust me that I slowly poured that hot sugar mixture into the bowl of egg whites at the same time I was whipping it with my hand mixer. Once all the sugar is incorporated, continue whipping until the mixture is thick like frosting. Stir in a little vanilla and use immediately. No dilly dallying! I got mine into a piping bag and went to town!

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

My daughter topped these with nuts and we had a lovely faux celebration! Try these out and let me know what you think! They truly are one of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had…and that’s saying a lot! Happy Monday! 🙂

Sweet Potato Cupcakes
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5 from 11 votes

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Marshmallow Frosting

These Sweet Potato Cupcakes are moist, sweet, tender and downright delicious. And the Brown Sugar Marshmallow Frosting was amazing!!!!
servings 12 cupcakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes


For the Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk save the white for the frosting!
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1/2 teaspoon extract
  • 1/2 cup cooked, pureed sweet potato* pureed sweet potato*
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup white whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup milk

For the Frosting

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 large pinch cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chopped & toasted pecans optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream coconut oil with sugars. Stir in egg, egg yolk, vanilla bean paste and sweet potato. Scrape sides and whip until light and fluffy. In another large bowl stir flours, leavenings and spices together using a fork or whisk. With the mixer on low, alternate mixing in dry ingredients with milk, starting and ending with dry. Once ingredients are all incorporated, mix the batter together by hand to ensure everything is mixed evenly. Spoon into prepared tins and place into hot oven. Reduce temperature to 325 and bake 18-22 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean after being inserted. Set aside to cool.

For the Frosting

  • Place brown sugar, granulated sugar and water into a small pot. Stir to moisten sugar and place over medium high heat. In a large bowl, whip egg white and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Once the sugar dissolves in water and starts to bubble {not too violently} time 1 minute. After this, remove from heat and stir in marshmallows. Once those have melted, slowly pour the hot sugar mixture into the egg whites while whipping with a hand mixer on medium to high speed. Continue whipping for 3-5 minutes or until frosting becomes very thick and holds its shape. Stir in vanilla bean paste. Immediately scoop this frosting into a piping bag and frost all cupcakes. Top with chopped and toasted pecans, if desired.


*I cooked my fresh sweet potatoes by peeling, chopping and microwaving them in some water. After they were fork tender, I drained the water and mashed. Feel free to try the canned sweet potato for this recipe.


Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cupcakes, marshmellow frosting, sweet potato
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  3. Claire

    5 stars
    LOVED this recipe. Found it on Pinterest and made right away. My results were not as aesthetically pleasing, but delicious. Check out the cupcakes:

  4. LeAnnJ

    5 stars
    Wow – these cupcakes are amazing!!! thank you for the recipe. I couldn’t quite get the frosting to turn out right (probably didn’t beat it long enough) but the flavors can’t be beat. I shared the results with some friends and they also were very impressed!

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  6. Mel

    If I make these a day in advance, is the icing going to break down and be a soggy mess? I’ve had that experiance before when I made other icing with egg whites.

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  10. Crystal

    5 stars
    I tried these out this weekend and used them in my little “cupcake wars” i had with my boyfriend! they gave me the victory so i had to give credit to u, thank you so much and my mom says i have to make them for thanksgiving 🙂
    here is the final product

  11. Sally @ sally's baking addiction

    5 stars
    Lauren, these look incredible! I love all of the flavors going on. The pictures are beautiful too!

  12. Jess Wakasugi {Life's Simple Measures}

    I’m making these tonight but am wondering if I could substitute all purpose flour for the whole wheat pastry flour? Not sure if that would effect the texture of the cupcake though?? Any advice would be great!

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  14. Erika

    5 stars
    My 2 year old and I made these yesterday, and they are awesome!!! Thanks for the great recipe. I am not normally a fan of frosting, but I definitely licked the bowl clean after making these! 🙂

  15. christina @ ovenadventures

    this frosting sounds ridiculous, in a crazy going to eat the entire bowl with my spatula kinda way.

  16. Jaclyn

    5 stars
    love these, lady! i am a HUGE fan of baking with sweet potato, or any root vegetable for that matter! also way into whole wheat pastry flour–well, any flours, really. i have an obscene amount of flours in my kitchen, i think it might be an obsession.

    these look absolutely scrumptious, and i think you are such a darling mom! that sweet kid of yours certainly learned well from her mama 😉

  17. Katie

    Sounds great! I love the fact that you ran out of butter and white flour and used healthier alternatives:) Beautiful photos too.

  18. muffinka

    I’m ravishing your frosting recipe. My question is how much is cup?
    It’s like 125ml or 250ml?
    It’s very important for me, because I want to do this frosting, but i don’t have brown sugar, can I use another?


  19. what katie's baking

    i bet using coconut oil was actually better!! i’m in love with sweet potatoes. this is an amazing recipe!

  20. Krissy's Creations

    You are a wonderful Mom! Only you would bake cupcakes and celebrate a fake birthday for your daughter. And so creative of you working around all of your missed ingredients!

  21. akb

    Can you make this without the whole wheat pastry flour? I have all the other ingredients on hand and would love to skip a trip to the store…

      1. Kristal Jordan

        Since I plan to use all purpose flour do I just use the same measurements you have listed for the white whole wheat flour (2/3 cup) in place of that with my all purpose flour? Just double checking.

  22. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau

    I TOTALLY need one of those pourer-cover thingies. I’m constantly making a mess and getting flour all over the place. Anyway, these cupcakes look so pretty and tasty, especially that frosting!

  23. baker in disguise

    Woww.. its really amazing on how you photograph each and every stage!! and these look amazing.. sweet potato.. who would have thought?!!

  24. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    It’s amazing how you run out of the essentials yet you have so much backup! Now that’s a true baker.

    These cupcakes look great. And your daughter is freaking adorable.

  25. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    5 stars
    Dude, you’re a cupcake Magyver.

    Also, way to be the best mom ever and let your daughter have another birthday. :):)

  26. Kathryn

    This is such a cute post, I love how you went along with your daughter and made cupcakes for her. I’m pretty sure you are the number one mom in the world right now!

    Also, I’m thinking about replacing my pillow with brown sugar marshmallow frosting. It will be sticky but worth it.

  27. Cookbook Queen

    Love that you used coconut oil!! I have some in the cupboard that I’ve yet to use on ANYTHING.

    That frosting looks like a dream. Yummy!!

    1. Alexis

      5 stars
      My kids won’t stop eating them! The cupcakes are moist and delicious. I made them to go with tomorrow’s Christmas treats. Only critique is I wish Sam exact measurement was provided for the cream of tartar.

  28. Megan Pence

    I’m so in heart. And if the baby wants to celebrate her birthday a month late or multiple times – it means more cupcakes. And more cupcakes, is Never unfortunate. 🙂

  29. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    Love that you worked with what you had. Sometimes that produces the best result! Also crushing on your idea to use sweet potatoes! Yum!

  30. These look fantastic 🙂 it’s great how you were able to immediately change to using coconut butter instead ~ very smart and yummy too 😀 These look so wonderful to me! I love sweet potato but have never had it in a cupcake hehe

    Thanks for sharing!

  31. Erin

    Haha I love how your baking adventures are as problematic as mine. I play it off as being creative by using different ingredients, but sometimes it is out of necessity because I failed at making sure I had all the ingredients beforehand. But look at the amazing results you got! Yum yum yum.

  32. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

    Those cupcakes look so good right now! I would be eating them for breakfast! Love, love that frosting!