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Bourbon Yam Cupcakes

Bourbon Yam Cupcakes
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The following recipe and photography were provided by our partner, Melissa’s Produce.

Who would have thought a vegetable could turn into a sweet and delicious treat?

Celebrate the season of sweet potatoes with these made-from-scratch yam cupcakes complete with a splash of bourbon and an indulgent cream cheese frosting.

Bourbon Yam Cupcakes

Bourbon Yam Cupcakes


For the Cupcakes

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3/4 pound organic baby yams or sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 2 packages diced cranberries
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 3/4 cup milk

For the Frosting

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a standing mixer, combine the eggs, butter brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract.
  3. Split the vanilla bean in half, scrape out the seeds and pulp and add to the bowl. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl of the mixer, combine the cake flour baking powder, cinnamon and kosher salt. Set aside.
  5. Add the cranberries and yams to the egg mixture and mix well.
  6. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the bowl and mix well.
  7. Add the bourbon and 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix well.
  8. Finally, add the milk and the rest of the flour mixture and mix well.
  9. Fill a muffin pan with paper baking cups. Fill the cups about 3/4 full with the batter.
  10. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  11. While the cupcakes bake, make the frosting. In a standing mixer, combine the cream cheese and the rest of the frosting ingredients. Set aside.
  12. When the cupcakes are cool, frost and serve.

Bourbon Yam Cupcakes

Heinen's Grocery Store

By Heinen's Grocery Store

In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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