Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

I admit I don’t usually buy-in to Valentine’s Day very much. It is fun when you are in a new relationship and have the desire to get each other little gifts and plan romantic dates. But once you are together for a while, your expectations lessen some and you are happy just to have a nice dinner together and enjoy a satisfying dessert in your sweatpants on the couch. Sweatpants=sexy

And nothing says love on Valentine’s Day like a cupcake!

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Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

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  • 1/2 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 15-ounce can sweet potato puree
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons molasses

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese ( I used light cream cheese)
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (add more if needed or if you prefer a sweeter icing)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


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Gotta get those Omega 3’s! Even if it is from a cupcake! Winking smile

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and prepare your cupcake pan by greasing or using paper liners.  In one bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg and sift together.

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In a separate bowl, combine the egg, pumpkin, canola oil, molasses, brown sugar and vanilla and stir well.

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Add the dry ingredients in portions while continuing to stir until a batter has formed.

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Divide batter into cupcake pan and bake for about 30 minutes. Allow cupcakes to cool while you prepare the frosting.

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For the frosting, beat together the cream cheese, Earth Balance, powdered sugar and vanilla until a rich, creamy texture has formed.

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I always try to use as little sugar as possible by starting with 1 cup and adding more if needed. You can use 2 cups if you like a sweeter frosting. Then ice the cupcakes and dig in!

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These are so moist and have the perfect combination of sweetness and spice. They will be sure to win your Valentine’s heart! In love

And I just had to share this adorable picture with you to get you in a cuddly mood…


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What is your favorite kind of cupcake?