Sweet Potato Soul Cupcakes {IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY}


I know it’s a little strange to call it “our” birthday; my blog and I turn a year older today.  The blog isn’t a living being, yet I feel very connected to it.  It’s an extension of me.  I always wanted to have a twin sister, and I’m not saying that this blog has fulfilled that yearning, but sharing my birthday with Sweet Potato Soul feels really special and intimate.

I made cupcakes to celebrate the occasion, and took off from work so I can spend the day appreciating the woman that I’ve become. The only thing that’s missing are the candles (opps…!) I am so blessed, yet so often I forget and take the little things for granted.  Today as I bite down on a cupcake (or two), I meditate on the pure goodness and magic of the moment; giving thanks that I am alive and thriving!

  
These little cupcakes are healthy, delicious and moist with a little bit of decadence.  The icing is cooling, which makes for a nice contrast.  I’d like to try this same recipe for a cake next time : )

Thanks for coming along on my Sweet Potato Soul journey.
Here’s to another year full of laughter, delicious food, health and success!

Sweet Potato Soul Cupcakes
(The recipe for the cupcakes was adapted from this Sweet Potato cupcake recipe on the awesome blog Love & Olive Oil. The frosting recipe is adapted from My New Root’s birthday cake recipe. Sucanat is a great brown sugar substitute.  It’s essentially evaporated cane juice, and due to minimal processing it retains it’s vitamins, minerals and delicious molasses taste. Feel free to use another oil, like canola for a milder flavor. Also, any non-dairy milk will do. )
 
1 cup sweet potato puree
1/2 almond milk
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1 cup sucanat (or raw cane sugar)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ginger, grated
1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 350°F and line pan with cupcake liners.
In a large bowl mix sweet potato, milk, vinegar, oil, sucanat, vanilla and ginger.
In another bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
Slowly stir the wet ingredients into the dry, careful not to over mix.
Scoop a few tablespoons of the batter into the cupcake liners, about two-thirds full. Bake for 20 minutes, and check with a toothpick to make sure they’re done.  Place on wire rack to cool for 30 minutes, or longer.
Coconut Vanilla Frosting
1 can coconut milk
1 vanilla bean scraped
2 Tbsp sucanat
Open the can of coconut milk and scoop out the thick cream layer, leaving the liquid in the can.  Place the coconut cream into a bowl.  Scrape 1 vanilla bean into the coconut cream, and add the sucanat. Whisk to combine, and place in the refrigerator to thicken while the cupcakes are cooling.
Ice the cupcakes once they’re very cool, and enjoy!
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13198075584318085618 Caitlin

    happy birthday AND blog-versary! both are very exciting and should be celebrated ;)

    i love sweet potatoes and i love those cupcakes! i especially love the minimal amount of sugar in the frosting, considering most cupcake recipes require multiple cups of powdered sugar!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17363335069744316598 Maggie

    What a splendid day for you! Two birthdays in one and a day off to boot. You know how to take care of yourself and celebrate! I love your blog and really look forward to reading it when it pops up in my FoodBuzz inbox. Keep up the great work and here’s to another great year of blogging!

  • http://www.healthyfoodietravels.net/ Kiri W.

    Mmmm, these look like they encompass the essence of your blog and are absolutely deliciously sweet. Yum!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11504948204624142238 Jenné

    Thanks ladies! Your comments make my birthday even more special :)

  • http://www.cookingsgood.com/ Suzi

    What a sweet way to celebrate your birhtday and blogoversary. I can’t believe you took the day off but, good for you and Happy Birthday. These sound delicous and healthy and I am in love with that frosting made with coconut milk. Cheers to you!

  • http://www.paoequeijo.typepad.com/ Sarah @ pão e queijo

    Happy Birthday, sweet potato soul! These cupcakes look divine, and I love how natural they are. Keep up the awesome work.

  • http://www.sprint2thetable.com/ Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Happy Birthday and congrats on the Buzz!

    These look dangerously good. I made a sweet potato cake for christmas that I swore I couldn’t make again for another year due to the addiction-factor… thankfully I didn’t swear off sweet potato cupcakes. :)

  • Beth

    Thanks for this! I was just about to start looking for a recipe like this for my daughter’s first birthday cupcakes — and this post came just in time!

  • http://www.thefirstmess.com/ Laura

    These sound divine! Also, loving your ratio of icing to cake, lovely balance. Happy blog birthday too :)

  • http://allykayler.blogspot.com/ Ally

    Wow, wow, wow! These sound divine! Sweet potato cupcakes!? Love the coconut icing. Fabulous!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11751332126011127621 Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Happy b-day/blogiversary! These look beautifully delicious. It’s hard for me to conserve sweet potato puree in my house, but for these, I may have to try!

  • http://howtomakesweetpotatofries.org/ Yui

    So this is your first blog’s anniversary? Congratulations! Hope you can write as long as you can and this can be such a great time for you.

  • Anonymous

    I just made these. By far the best sweet potato cupcake I’ve had, vegan or otherwise. What a great recipe :)

  • Anonymous

    I tried this recipe for my little guy’s 3rd Birthday. They were moist and delicious. The frosting didn’t work out for me – maybe the milk got a bit too shaken before I tried to skim it; but the muffins were good without! Happy blogging :)

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday, Sorry so late. I have to admit I will be making these very soon, while I’m on vacation. Also I’m debating on doing the 21 day vegan journey with you. :)