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Secret Ingredient - February 22/10
February 22, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Ok everyone! The secret ingredient for the month is Sweet Potatoes.

Entry deadline is MARCH 1st.

The challenge is to find either a Cake/Cupcake Recipe, Cupcake Garnish or CakePop Garnish using the secret ingredient. If it's a garnish, make sure it accents the other flavors nicely. Post your entries here and there will be a poll to pick the best one. The winning recipe will be posted in a Recipe sticky for people to try! GO!!!


  • my4angelsrock
    February 26, 2010 at 2:41 PM

     Sweet Potato-Pecan Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

    Sweet Potato-Pecan Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting


    Prep: 15 min., Bake: 40 min., Cool: 1 hr.

    Yield: Makes 2 dozen


    • 1  cup  coarsely chopped pecans
    • 2  cups  sugar
    • 1  cup  butter, softened
    • 4  large eggs
    • 1  (16-oz.) can mashed sweet potatoes
    • 2/3  cup  orange juice
    • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
    • 3  cups  all-purpose flour
    • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
    • 1  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
    • 1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
    • 1/2  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
    • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
    • Cream Cheese Frosting
    • Garnish: coarsely chopped pecans


    1. Place pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan.

    2. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted, stirring once after 4 minutes.

    3. Beat sugar and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

    4. Whisk together mashed sweet potatoes, orange juice, and vanilla extract. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with sweet potato mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Fold in toasted pecans. Place foil baking cups in muffin pans, and coat with vegetable cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full.

    5. Bake at 350° for 28 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove immediately from pans, and cool 50 minutes to 1 hour or until completely cool. Spread cupcakes evenly with Cream Cheese Frosting. Garnish, if desired.

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