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Sweet potato cupcakes

Bake up a batch of these eye-catching Halloween sweet potato cupcakes with cute pumpkin decorations. Ideal for a party buffet or a seasonal sweet treat.

This recipe was created by Branston NPD team.
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SEASON

Autumn/Winter/Halloween

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COMPLEXITY

Simple

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PREPARATION TIME

90 minutes

cooking time

COOKING TIME

20

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SERVES

Serves 12

Ingredients

Ingredients  

  • 260g cooked sweet potato, pureed 
  • 100g cooked beetroot, grated 
  • 225g light soft brown sugar 
  • 225ml vegetable oil 
  • 2 large eggs, beaten 
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste 
  • 150g self-raising flour 
  • 2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 2 tsp ginger 
  • 1 tsp mixed spice 
  • For the frosting 
  • 1 small, sweet potato 
  • 150g dark chocolate, finely chopped 

To decorate 

  • Halloween sprinkles 
  • Orange ready to roll icing 
  • Green ready to roll icing 

Method

1
Preheat the oven to 180ºC / 160º fan / gas mark 4. Line a 12-hole cake tin with paper cases.
2
In a large bowl whisk together the sweet potato, grated beetroot, sugar, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla paste. Add the flour and spices, and fold in until just combined.
3
Spoon evenly into the cake cases and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until cooked through. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
4
While the cakes are cooling, increase the oven temperature to 200ºC / 180ºC fan/ gas mark 6. Place the small sweet potato in the oven and bake for 1 hour or until soft in the middle.
5
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Cut in half and carefully scoop out the flesh and place into a blender along with the chocolate. Whizz together until smooth then tip into a bowl and leave to cool.
6
Meanwhile, use the orange and green ready to roll icing to shape 12 mini pumpkins with leaves. When you are ready to serve, spread a little of the frosting on top of each cake. If the frosting has hardened add and splash of milk and whisk until you have a spreadable consistency.
7
Scatter over the sprinkles then top each with a pumpkin. 

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