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Sweet Potato Cupcakes (Inspired by Brick Street Sweet Potato Cake)

These gluten-free, dairy-free, and butter-free, Sweet Potato Cupcakes are inspired by Brick Street Café’s Sweet Potato Cake. These cupcakes are decadently moist – even though they err on the side of being healthier!

Sweet Potato Cupcakes Inspired by Brick Street Sweet Potato Cake

These Sweet Potato Cupcakes are gluten-free and dairy-free. They are super moist in part due to the slightly over-baked sweet potato and banana in them.

With hints of cinnamon and ginger, these cupcakes are an equal-opportunity sensory pleaser!

I used a ginger and cinnamon-spiked, non-dairy whipped topping on some, but, my daughter said they were just fine on their own!

What are the ingredients needed to make these sweet potato cupcakes?

You will need the following 12 ingredients:

  1. coconut oil, in its solid form – not melted
  2. brown sugar
  3. eggs
  4. sweet potato
  5. banana
  6. vanilla
  7. soy milk
  8. lemon juice
  9. gluten-Free Flour Blend
  10. baking soda
  11. baking powder
  12. salt

Please see the recipe card below for exact measurements.

A few tips:

  • If the sweet potato is slightly overcooked, it works better in this recipe.
  • The riper the banana, the better.
  • This is a dairy-free recipe. However, if lactose is your friend, please substitute the soy milk and lemon juice for buttermilk.
  • And, if you would rather use a gluten-full flour, then you can substitute the GF flour blend for some all-purpose flour.
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Recently, a friend shared her recipe for the famous Brick Street Chocolate cake. And she raved on and on about the Brick Street Cafe. Well, I love chocolate cake. No, make that, I love cake!

So, I figured that my daughter and I would hop in the car and drive on up to Greenville, South Carolina to Brick Street Cafe to taste a slice of their cake.

Of course, the plan was to drive on up, eat chocolate cake and drive on back. But, as most plans seem to go these days, things didn’t pan out quite like that.

You see, we were convinced by a patron, to also try the sweet potato cake. Since we had driven all the way there, we figured why not. And gosh-darn-it! That sweet potato cake was downright scintillating!

With our bellies full of chocolate cake and sweet potato cake, I really didn’t want to sit in a car for a couple of hours, so we took a gander through the area and happened on Falls Park and a one-of-a-kind performance by painter, Brian Olsen! My mind was blown watching him totally convert a black canvas in less than 10 minutes!

After checking out Falls Park, Reedy River Falls and Artisphere in downtown Greenville, we headed home and on that whole drive back I couldn’t stop thinking of that sweet potato cake!

Sweet Potato Cupcakes Inspired by Brick Street Sweet Potato Cake and perfect for #DataAndAMovie Night with FREE VUDU Walmart Family Mobile Movie

So, when I got home, I figured I would whip up a healthier version, in cupcake-sized portions, that we could enjoy on our movie night.

And, y’all, that’s how these Sweet Potato Cupcakes ended up here on the blog!

Sweet Potato Cupcakes Inspired by Brick Street Sweet Potato Cake

Deadpool was on the menu for our movie night when we got back home, along with these Sweet Potato Cupcakes! 

Sweet Potato Cupcakes Inspired by Brick Street Sweet Potato Cake

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Sweet Potato Cupcakes Inspired by Brick Street Sweet Potato Cake

Sweet Potato Cupcakes (Inspired by Brick Street Sweet Potato Cake)

4.48 from 19 votes
Print Pin Rate
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Shashi
These, gluten-free, dairy-free and butter-free, Sweet Potato Cupcakes were inspired by Brick Street Cafe’s Sweet Potato Cake. These cupcakes are decadently moist – even though they err on the side of being healthier!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 coconut oil in it’s solid form – not melted
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup baked and mashed sweet potato
  • 1 cup baked and mashed sweet potato
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup soy milk*
  • 1 cup soy milk*
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice fresh*
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice fresh*
  • 1 cup Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 1 cup Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a bowl, using an electric mixer, cream coconut oil and brown sugar together for 2 minutes or so
  • Mix in the eggs
  • Add in mashed sweet potato, vanilla and banana and mix well
  • Add in Gluten free flour, cinnamon, ginger, salt, baking power, and baking soda and mix gently
  • Pour in cup of soy milk and lemon juice and mix till well incorporated
  • Pour into lined cupcake tray and bake for 15 minutes
  • Let cool and if so desired, mix non dairy whipped topping with cinnamon and ginger and decorate cupcakes with it or enjoy as is.

Notes

*Just a note in case you are not lactose intolerant, instead of soy milk and lemon juice, you can use buttermilk. Do keep in mind that buttermilk will make this not a dairy-free recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 230mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g
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Sweet Potato Cupcakes Inspired by Brick Street Sweet Potato Cake

Sweet Potato Cupcakes (Inspired by Brick Street Sweet Potato Cake)

4.48 from 19 votes
Print Pin Rate
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Shashi
These, gluten-free, dairy-free and butter-free, Sweet Potato Cupcakes were inspired by Brick Street Cafe's Sweet Potato Cake. These cupcakes are decadently moist - even though they err on the side of being healthier!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 coconut oil in it's solid form - not melted
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup baked and mashed sweet potato
  • 1 cup baked and mashed sweet potato
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup soy milk*
  • 1 cup soy milk*
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice fresh*
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice fresh*
  • 1 cup Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 1 cup Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a bowl, using an electric mixer, cream coconut oil and brown sugar together for 2 minutes or so
  • Mix in the eggs
  • Add in mashed sweet potato, vanilla and banana and mix well
  • Add in Gluten free flour, cinnamon, ginger, salt, baking power, and baking soda and mix gently
  • Pour in cup of soy milk and lemon juice and mix till well incorporated
  • Pour into lined cupcake tray and bake for 15 minutes
  • Let cool and if so desired, mix non dairy whipped topping with cinnamon and ginger and decorate cupcakes with it or enjoy as is.

Notes

*Just a note in case you are not lactose intolerant, instead of soy milk and lemon juice, you can use buttermilk. Do keep in mind that buttermilk will make this not a dairy-free recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 230mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g
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  1. Detoria Mason says:

    Can’t wait to make the CUPCAKES. I Love sweet potatoes.

  2. […] on the brain to cocaine’s effect on it, I know I shouldn’t indulge in treats like these Sweet Potato Cupcakes all the time like I’d like to. So, I end up making sure I get 7+ hours of sleep a night […]

  3. […] was on this stroll that we ambled through Falls Park on the Reedy and found ourselves amidst Artisphere. Artisphere was/is a one of a kind experience – at least for me. We found ourselves walking through […]

  4. […] Sweet Potato Cupcakes from Runnin Srilankan […]

  5. Ginger E. says:

    I have made these cupcakes for several occasions and I never have any leftovers to take home! They are delicious! I always frost them with cream cheese icing. I made them initially for my gluten-free best friend – who when reading the recipe said, “THEY ARE NOT DAIRY-FREE, THERE’S A CUP OF BUTTERMILK IN THE RECIPE!”. I just finished making them for a teacher’s Back to School Breakfast – as Gluten Free Sweet Potato Muffins with Cream Cheese Icing!
    Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!

  6. […] try out this light Beaujolais red wine, I figured I’d pair it with a spiced cake. As sweet potato cupcakes are a favorite at our home at the moment, I figured I’d throw some ginger into them and whip up a […]

  7. […] out this light Beaujolais red wine, I figured I’d pair it with a spiced cake. As sweet potato cupcakes are a favorite at our home at the moment, I figured I’d throw some ginger into them and whip […]

  8. Ginger E. says:

    I have made these cupcakes for several occasions and I never have any leftovers to take home! They are delicious! I always frost them with cream cheese icing. I made them initially for my gluten-free best friend – who when reading the recipe said, “THEY ARE NOT DAIRY-FREE, THERE’S A CUP OF BUTTERMILK IN THE RECIPE!”. I just finished making them for a teacher’s Back to School Breakfast – as Gluten Free Sweet Potato Muffins with Cream Cheese Icing!
    Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!

  9. Farrah says:

    Seriously, you make the prettiest foods ever. <3! Those cupcakes look so amazing! I love sweet potatoes! 😀

  10. I’m like that too, Shashi – I taste something out, and just can’t get it out of my mind until I try making it!

    I also love to try to reduce the amount of sugar in baked things. I’ve never tried sweet potato in a cake, but it makes perfect sense that it would work – it’s a perfect way to sweeten things naturally, especially together with banana. 🙂

  11. There’s nothing wrong with a healthier cupcake! Just means we can eat more! Right? 🙂

  12. Sweet potatoes in cupcakes?! Sign me up a few. I love using root veg in baked goods. It truly brings out the earthy and sweet natural flavors.

  13. Ashley says:

    I loveeee sweet potato in baked goodies and these cupcakes look amazing!! I wish I had one to go with my lunch! haha Care to send me one?? 😉 Hope you have a fantastic rest of the week Shashi!!

  14. I like to eat sweet potatoes, but I would have never made sweet potato cupcakes. Love your innovative recipes. This looks like a genius idea, Shashi. Beautiful and delicious.

  15. I can tell just by looking at your photos how delicious moist these sweet potato cakes are. Now what did you do when you had all of these sweet potato cakes in your home. Control, so hard when they look this delicious.

  16. Talk about a perfect southern recipe right there! Sweet potatoes in cupcake form? Sign me up for those! Laura goes down to Greenville occasionally for work (GE has a facility there), and she always tells me how nice it is. Who knows…maybe we’ll end up moving there one day! 🙂 If so, I’m totally making sure our house is within walking distance of that bakery. But in the meantime, I’ll be perfectly happy with your cupcake recreation. They look perfect!

  17. I’ve never thought to make cupcakes with sweet potatoes. I bet they’re amazing! I love your ideas.

  18. I’ve never made cup cakes with sweet potato before Shashi, but I remember doing (and loving) your kabocha squash recipe and that one was amazing!

    So, I’ve no doubt this would is amazing too.

    Pinned! 🙂

  19. Stephanie says:

    This is my kind of movie night – and these cupcakes look amazing! You also captured some really lovely photos on your trip to Brick Street Cafe. The photos, art and inspired cupcakes = a pretty successful day! [client]

  20. Shashi, I keep hearing about this famous Brick Street Cafe and I’ve been so intrigued. I must say though, that you’ve convinced me even more about its delectable menu. Meanwhile, your sweet potato cupcakes look so, SO GOOD! Um, how do you possibly frost that beautifully? How?! Love that you made these gluten free as well! Btw, your daughter is the luckiest! A day of strolling around, enjoying art, then movies + homemade cupcakes in the evening? That seriously sounds like the best day ever. Hope you’re having an awesome week, Shashi! Pinning this!

  21. I adore sweet potato but never had a sweet potato cupcake! I really need to try this because it sounds fantastic!

  22. I’ve had sweet potato pie, but not sweet potato cake. So of course it’s only fair that I make this just to compare. Gotta be evenhanded about these things, right? 🙂 This looks terrific — thanks.

  23. I obviously live in a box because I have never heard of Brick Street Cafe! But clearly they make some dang delicious baked goods! So glad we are friends and that you are kind enough to make cupcakes inspired by their cake! These look delicious, Shashi!! Love sweet potatoes, but I’ve never had them in a cupcake <– again, I live in a box. I need to get these up in my belleh immediately! Cheers, dear friend! xo

    P.s Falls park looks beautiful and that painting is amazing!

  24. I’m a little afraid of making cupcakes and cakes for some reason but these look amazinggggg! Definitely adding to my to-make-list 😀

  25. I gather you mean a quarter cup coconut oil? The frosting looks amazing

  26. Bananas AND sweet potatoes?! Oh heck yes that sounds like an amazing combo! And with cinnamon and ginger? Swooning. Also please teach me your frosting ways! Mine never come out looks right so I usually just slop it on with a knife 😆

  27. These are must haves for a sweet potato lover like me!

  28. GiGi Eats says:

    I could totally adopt a similar recipe to this into my life!!! I am really ADORING sweet potatoes lately (SHOCKKKKKKKERRR lol) and I actually like them more than butternut squash! Whoops. DID I SAY THAT?!

    And um, how did you PERFECT that whipped topping topper?! Oh wait, you’re kinda just perfect!

  29. I have always wanted to bake with sweet potatoes. These cupcakes look amazing!!

  30. These cupcakes are so gorgeous Shashi! The dairy free frosting looks absolutely amazing! I love that you made these delicious treats with sweet potato! Yum!

  31. Oh wow!! I need about a dozen of these please?! They look super delicious!

  32. So that’s my kinda road trip and these are my kinda cupcakes!! You and your sweetie must have had a blast – I’d love to see that painter at work…I’m so amazed by artists who can create so speedily and seamlessly… Speaking of seamlessly – what’s your secret for perfect frosting? I love your decorating, Shashi!

  33. Maria says:

    That cake looks amazing!

  34. Mir says:

    I need to experience that bakery and that painter, stat! That sounds like such a perfect day! I love that you pal around with your daughter. I think that you guys have such a special bond!

  35. AILUY says:

    Do you think these will work with whole wheat flour .

  36. Kristen says:

    I too, have been drooling over Allie’s Cake for so long–love your take on it too! I must have my husband pick me up a slice or two of this famous cake on his next business trip there.

  37. Catherine says:

    Dear Shashi, These cupcakes are sinfully divine. I’ve heard so much of the Brick Street Cafe from Allie and I would just love to try it! What a beautiful spot and now there are two menu recommendations! I’d love to hop in my car and take a day trip…fabulous post dear! xo, Catherine

  38. Ben Maclain says:

    I love pretty much everything SWEET POTATO. I’ve never made a cake/cupcakes with it, though, and trust me this idea sounds great to me (Yes, I might be a bit bias, haha). And you know what’s also great about these guys? You don’t need to drive to try them. Well unless you decide to go to your post office and send some to me:) Well done!

  39. Gurrrrlllll!!!! You did it. Love the gorgeous picture collage, it’s taking me down memory lane for sure. Greenville is such a great city, and Brick Street’s Sweet Potato Cake and Chocolate Cake are super famous in the region and beyond. And now we have these amazing sweet potato gluten-free cupcakes! AH-maaaazing my friend. I need just one bite! That’s all! So glad you happened on Falls Park and the art festival too. What a memorable day! Have a fabulous week. XOXO

  40. Cupcakes always look very beautiful with that sexy frosting!