Friday, October 24, 2008

Sweet Potato Cupcake with Goat Cheese & Honey Frosting

The idea for this cupcake came from my wanting to bake using the sweet potato butter I made earlier this week. Then I was chatting with Kris at To Be Mrs Marv & she mentioned a pumpkin cookie with a goat cheese & honey filling. That got me thinking that goat cheese & honey would make a fantastic frosting for the sweet potato cupcakes . I had hoped to make this my Iron Cupcake - Cheese entry but got a little behind this month & missed the entry date by 2 hours.
Sweet Potato Cupcake with Goat Cheese & Honey Frosting
We are torn on the finished cupcake here at Chez Good Appetite. Matt & I agree the cupcake is fabulous! The flavor of the sweet potato butter with just that little bit of cinnamon & allspice in it really comes through, especially since I used a little as filling too. The cake is nice & fluffy like a cupcake not heavy like a muffin.
Sweet Potato Cupcake with Goat Cheese & Honey Frosting
Where we are torn is the frosting. Matt thinks it tastes too strongly of goat cheese & doesn't like it. I really like it & think the tartness of the goat cheese perfect with the sweet cupcake. I think the honey gives the frosting a subtle sweetness that sugar wouldn't.

I would definitely make these cupcakes again but would probably make a cream cheese frosting for them so that everyone in the house will be happy.

Sweet Potato Cupcakes
(adapted from Small Batch Baking)

1/4 c + 2 t sweet potato butter (get the recipe here
1/8 t baking soda
1/8 t baking powder
1/4 t vanilla
1 egg yolk
1/2 c flour
6 T sugar
1/8 t salt
2 T unsalted butter, at room temp

Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare 4 muffin tins.

In a small bowl mix the 1/4 c sweet potato butter, baking soda & baking powder together. Mix in vanilla & egg yolk & set aside.

In another bowl whisk the flour, sugar & salt together. Add the butter & 1/2 the sweet potato mixture & beat until light & fluffy. Add the remaining sweet potato mixture & beat a few more seconds.

Put about 1 heaping tablespoon of the batter in each muffin tin, smooth out to flatten. Spoon 1/2 t of sweet potato butter on top of the batter in each tin. Top with remaining batter.

Bake for 23 minutes or until golden brown & a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool on a rack completely before frosting.

Makes 4 cupcakes

Goat Cheese & Honey Frosting

3 oz goat cheese, at room temp
1 T unsalted butter, at room temp
1 1/2 T honey

Put everything in a bowl & beat with a mixer until smooth & creamy.

Frosts 4 cupcakes.
Sweet Potato Cupcake with Goat Cheese & Honey Frosting

8 comments:

Lisa said...

Very original and looks delicious!

Stacey Snacks said...

Kat,
What a great looking little sweet treat.
I love the photo w/ the orange backround.
I would like one please!
Stace

Kirby! said...

Oh MAN, sweet potato butter? That sounds crazy delicious. Seems like you're trying to fatten me up for winter...

Beth said...

I love goats cheese so Im sure Id like the frosting. Great cupcake recipe

jillian said...

The frosting sounds really good to me- but I love goat cheese!

Grace said...

excellent use of your sweet potater butter. seriously. and although i'll bet the goat cheese frosting is good, nothing beats cream cheese in my eyes. :)

Sophie said...

I love apple butter and adore sweet potatoes so I'd love to try that sweet potato butter! I know these cupcakes would've won that challenge, they sound delicious...I really like the way you incorporated the cheese :)!

Deborah said...

I've got to make me some of that sweet potato butter!!

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