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Individual sized mini sweet potato cakes served with a scoop of ice cream and drizzle of sticky caramel sauce are a perfect fall dessert. They are cozy, flavorful and sure to become a favorite treat.

Two mini sweet potato cakes served with caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

These cute mini sweet potato cakes are filled with the flavors of fall. They are good on their own, but a drizzle of sticky caramel sauce takes them to the next level.

They would be a perfect way to end an autumn dinner party or would be right at home on your Thanksgiving menu. It’s kind of like a cupcake, but served as a mini cake with a tasty sauce for a perfect dessert.

Sweet potatoes are not just for casseroles and pies. They also make delicious little tender cakes!

Small cupcake sized sweet potato cake with scoop of ice cream and caramel sauce.

This recipe is originally from the Southern Living Cake Book.  I couldn’t help myself when I saw these scrumptious sweet potato baby cakes. 

This time of year our focus always turns to apples and pumpkin.  I love sweet potatoes too though!    

I love them roasted, mashed, baked, and souffleed. I have recipes for duchess sweet potatoescandied sweet potatoes with marshmallows and sweet potato casseroles too.

plate with two mini sweet potato cakes, a scoop of ice cream and sticky caramel sauce ready to eat.

 I have never had a sweet potato cake though.  I knew I would love it.     

Luckily we had a nice cool weekend last weekend.  Perfect for baking with sweet potato, ginger, cinnamon and caramel!

plate of sweet potato baby cakes with ice cream and caramel sauce.

What Are These Southern Sweet Potato Cakes Like?

The cakes turned out super moist with a great crumb.  Pops and I both thought you could really pick out the sweet potato flavor, K.C. wan’t so sure.

All of the plates were licked clean with no complaints though, so that is a win! The caramel sauce was a perfect compliment to the warm flavor of the cake.  

Looking down on a plate with a circle of sticky caramel sauce around two mini sweet potato cakes and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, ready to eat.

 I was surprised to see the instant coffee in the caramel recipe.  It really did add a nice depth of flavor without really tasting like coffee.     

It also deepened the color a bit, which was nice.  It was a very tasty treat to be sure!

A scoop of ice cream is perfect with these little sweet potato gems.  Vanilla ice cream is great, but a scoop of honey cinnamon crunch ice cream would knock them out of the park!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you store extra sweet potato cakes?

These little cakes can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. For longer storage, freeze them for up to 3 months.

Can I use fresh sweet potatoes instead of canned?

Yes, a 16 oz can yields about 1 3/4 cups of mashed sweet potatoes. You can boil or bake 1-2 sweet potatoes and mash them to get that amount.

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Two mini sweet potato cakes served with caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Baby Sweet Potato Cakes with Sticky Caramel Sauce

Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Carlee
Individual sized baby sweet potato cakes served with a scoop of ice cream and drizzle of sticky caramel sauce are a perfect fall dessert. They are cozy, flavorful and sure to become a favorite treat.
4.92 from 12 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients
 

Sweet Potato Cakes

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 16 oz. can sweet potatoes drained and mashed
  • cup buttermilk
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Caramel Sauce

  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon instant coffee granules

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a muffin tin.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time until completely incorporated.
    ½ cup butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, 2 large eggs
  • Add vanilla, salt, ginger, cinnamon and sweet potatoes. Beat until smooth.
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, 16 oz. can sweet potatoes
  • Stir in buttermilk.
    ⅓ cup buttermilk
  • Mix flour and baking soda together. Stir into wet mixture until just combined.
    1¼ cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Spoon into prepared muffin tin, filling each hole 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes, then remove from pan.
  • To make the sauce, place butter and sugar in a saucepan and warm over medium heat until completely melted and sugar dissolves. Whisk in cream and instant coffee. Bring to a low boil, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let cool some before serving.
    ½ cup butter, ¾ cup light brown sugar, 1 cup heavy cream, ½ teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • Serve each cake with a couple of tablespoons of sauce. Best served warm with some vanilla ice cream.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 409kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 4gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 371mgFiber: 2gSugar: 31g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Julia

Monday 6th of July 2020

This is making my mouth water! I'm not gonna be able to wait til fall. I've got to try this soon.

Carlee

Thursday 17th of October 2019

Thank you!

Amy

Thursday 10th of October 2019

These look interesting and very delicious. I don't cook with sweet potatoes near as much as I should. This looks like a good place to start!

Carlee

Thursday 17th of October 2019

This will win over even sweet potato haters!

Andrea Nine

Monday 7th of October 2019

My taste buds are excited about the sweet potato cakes! The sticky sauce must make them so delightful! This is the cutest little dessert!

Carlee

Thursday 17th of October 2019

They are super yummy, thank you!

Anonymous

Monday 7th of October 2019

These look soo good. I must admit I was thinking this would be a recipe like potato pancakes only made with sweet potatoes. I think that would be fun too. A savory sweet potato pancake.

Carlee

Thursday 17th of October 2019

Oooh, that would be good too!