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Sweet Potato Mini Cakes

Whenever I make these cute desserts, I think of my grandmother. She always used extra sweet potatoes from her garden in pies, breads and cakes and added black walnuts from her trees for good measure. —Joyce Larson, New Market, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    24 servings (1 dozen mini cakes)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups canola oil
  • 3 cups shredded peeled sweet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1-1/2 cups ground walnuts


  • In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Add the eggs, oil, potatoes and extract; beat until combined. Stir in the pineapple, raisins and walnuts.
  • Fill 12 greased or paper-lined jumbo muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Beat in the sugars and extracts until smooth. Frost sides of cakes; roll in walnuts. Place cakes upside down and frost tops with remaining frosting.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 mini cake: 528 calories, 30g fat (9g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 287mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Sherrie
    Jan 23, 2021

    1st off these are fabulous. I made 1/2 the recipe and was able to get 5 dozen mini muffins. Baked 350 for about 12-13 mins. Didn’t use the raisins, not a fan. Please those of you who don’t like the calories just pass on by. I want a real review from someone who has tried a recipe. Thanks will definitely make again.

  • Bob
    Dec 13, 2016

    I made this recipe last Thanksgiving along with 3 other deserts (tiramisu, chocolate chip pecan pie and creme-brulee ). The mini sweet potato cakes stole the show.I followed the recipe and they came out fantastic. Ive had requests to make them Christmas eve.

  • tbearmom03
    Oct 19, 2016

    Love the addition of pineapple and raisins along with the walnuts. Grated sweet potato instead of carrots is a great twist to an old standby. This is dessert folks. If you don't want so many calories, don't eat dessert or eat less. Rate the recipe, not the calories. No one said it was low-cal.

  • batemanj
    Nov 2, 2015

    Made this over the weekend and it was great!!!!!!!!!!Our family and friends loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Thanks for a great recipe which I will be making again and again!!!!!!!!!

  • mmskulski
    Nov 1, 2015

    Seriously people! Stop rating a recipe because you don't like the calorie content! uhg this is so frustrating. I just want to know from people who made the recipe what they thought of it and what kinds of things people did to add little changes! If I am making a cake I expect calories, period. Just go to some other site for diet food please! Leave the ratings for people that actually make the recipes!!! Made them and loved... every calorie! Thank you Amy for an actual comment on the recipe from someone who made it

  • cootiebug08
    Nov 16, 2013

    Good Lord in heaven, is that total right?! I put all of the ingredients just for the cake into the Weight Watchers recipe builder, and it is saying 16 points per cake before you even put icing on it! That's close to 800 calories a cake, and there isn't icing on it yet! Sounds good, but I'm not even keeping the recipe in my house for fear the calories will creep out of it!

  • dmp6
    Oct 2, 2013

    i certainly hope there are not 1,054 calories in this recipe there is a site you can list ingredients and it will give you nutritional facts will do this and then try this recipe

  • sajewel
    Nov 12, 2012

    i'm sure the facts are divided by 12; about 90 cals per cake

  • MnMforever
    Nov 8, 2012

    exactly what im thinking! how is the calorie count correct???

  • melodiesm
    Nov 6, 2012

    I just have to write something after seeing the nutritional information. Are you serious? 1,054 calories? 127 mg of carbs? Is this accurate? If it is I wouldn't touch this recipe with a 10 foot pole!