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Love Week: We love…Graham Sweet Potato Cupcakes

It was hard to nar­row down what we love for this week's theme. Scar­lett and I chat­ted at length about what we enjoy mak­ing and, of course, eat­ing. Things like break­fast for din­ner, mac and cheese, cook­ies, cup­cakes, noshie din­ners con­sist­ing of a lot of lit­tle things, cup­cakes, que­sadil­las, cup­cakes. I guess it was more obvi­ous than I thought.

As much as I wanted to make red vel­vet cup­cakes (they're my all-time favorite), I couldn't bring myself to use red food col­or­ing. I also couldn't find the beet juice. I'm now deter­mined to make a healthy ver­sion that doesn't require every­one run­ning out and get­ting a juicer. In the mean­time, while these don't look par­tic­u­larly Valentine's day-ish, they taste damn good.

Gra­ham Sweet Potato Muffins

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pas­try flour
1 cup gra­ham cracker crumbs
1 sweet potato, peeled and grated
1/2 cup sugar
1 tea­spoon bak­ing pow­der
1 tea­spoon bak­ing soda
1 tea­spoon cin­na­mon
1 tea­spoon vanilla extract
1/2 tea­spoon salt
1/3 cup agave syrup
3 table­spoons but­ter, at room tem­per­a­ture
1 (6-ounce con­tainer) plain non­fat yogurt
2 eggs

Cin­na­mon Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 cup but­ter (1 stick), at room tem­per­a­ture
8 oz con­tainer of cream cheese, at room tem­per­a­ture
2 — 3 cups of pow­dered sugar
1 tea­spoon of vanilla extract
1 tea­spoon cinnamon


Pre­heat oven to 375 and place cup­cake lin­ers in cup­cake tin. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, crumbs, sugar, bak­ing pow­der, bak­ing soda, cin­na­mon and salt. Add grated sweet potato and mix until coated.

In another bowl, whisk together but­ter and yogurt. Add eggs one at a time, blend­ing each thor­oughly. Add agave and vanilla extract. Add flour and sweet potato mix and com­bine. Spoon bat­ter into cup­cake lin­ers. Bake for about 25 to 30 min­utes or until a tooth­pick inserted into the cen­ter is removed clean.

Cool and then frost with cin­na­mon cream cheese frosting.

We made these the day before Scarlett's big Valentine's party in school. We shoe-horned mix­ing up these lit­tle spicy bun­dles cour­tesy of a Whole Foods recipe that I added a home­made frost­ing to betweeen assem­bling 25 teeny Valen­tine loot boxes and sign­ing cards. When I lived alone in New York City and had no boyfriend in my 20s, I hated Valentine's Day a lot. My feel­ings today towards it make that look like a school crush. (I'm jok­ing, but why, oh, why do chil­dren need to cel­e­brate with a mil­lion princess cards?)

Poor Scar­lett, nor­mally game for baking, just wanted to lay on the f loor. (I believe she actu­ally did that for a bit.)  Then she grated the sweet potato and mixed the dry ingre­di­ents before going back to her assem­bly line of Valen­tines. (She's such a good sport and hard worker.)

One of her favorite kitchen gad­gets is the hand mixer. I swear she hears the drawer I keep it in open from across the house. As soon as I was ready to make the frost­ing, she was right there. Pushed out of the way, I fid­dled with the fin­ished cup­cakes. (Read: Ate one.) Scar­lett enlisted help from our mother's helper, AC, who I'm sure wished her three hours was up.

The frost­ing was so spicey and deli­cous I didn't give a fly that these weren't red vel­vet. Scar­lett gob­bled one down before school and licked the mix­ing pad­dles clean of frost­ing. I think we just fell in love again…



  1. Kelli says:

    I do not see sweet potato listed in the ingre­dents. How much do you need?

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  3. Laura Keogh says:

    Uh oh, that's what hap­pens when you type and talk to a four year old! I'm sorry. I've added the amount. It's one, medium sweet potato, grated and peeled. I hope you enjoy the cup­cakes. Thank you for reading!

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