03 July 2012

Sweet Potato Chocolate Cakes

Want to sneak some good food into your family's treats? These little cupcakes taste just like regular chocolate cakes, actually they don't. They taste better. And with the addition of sweet potato, walnuts and spelt flour they are a healthier treat too.

3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, separated
1 cup sweet potato, cooked and mashed
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups Spelt flour
3 tablespoons 100% pure cocoa
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup chopped walnuts

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.  Line a cup cake tray with patty pans.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks, sweet potatoes, water, and vanilla. Mix well.

In another bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, and baking powder. Add to the sweet potato mixture.

Beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Fold the egg whites and nuts into the batter.

Pour 1/4 of batter into paper patty pans.  Bake cakes for 12 - 15 minutes. Test after 12 minutes. Cakes are cooked when a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.  Makes 24 cup cakes.

Ice with chocolate frosting if desired.

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