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Sweet Potatoes in Orange Cups



With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I tested this recipe out on several little ginuea pigs. I made these for a recent "kid's dinner party" that my friends and I do every week and I can't even tell you how hard I laughed when I pulled these sweet potatoes out of the oven and three of the kids simultaneously yelled "cupcakes"! No matter what we said they decided the orange and white "cupcakes" were a holiday treat and scarfed them down. The only “oops” moment came when one the little girls looked at me with a huge hunk of orange peel in her mouth and said, “I don't like the wrapper”. Whoops!

These heavenly treats only take minutes to prepare, and they made quite a visual and edible impact on the kids and adults alike. I'm a big fan of cooking this dish with evaporated skim milk because it makes the potatoes really fluffy without the added fat of heavy cream. I usually don't like to use foods that have a ton of sugar, but just a few mini marshmallows really take this recipe to the next level for kids and makes it fun for them. After all, it's the “icing”! They’re not essential to the recipe, so you can easily leave them out.

This recipe is also a time saver when you're cooking Thanksgiving dinner, because the orange pulp that you scoop out goes right into the weelicious cranberry sauce recipe! A green vegetable, some succulent turkey and you have a perfect meal for the entire family with a few leftovers for the next day.

Sweet Potatoes in Orange Cups  (Serves 6)

  • Prep Time: 1 hrs,
  • Cook Time: 25 mins,
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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I tested this recipe out on several little ginuea pigs. I made these for a recent "kid's dinner party" that my friends and I do every week and I can't even tell you how hard I laughed when I pulled these sweet...


  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (you want to use potatoes that are really orange, also known as yams)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup evaporated skimmed milk (you can substitute it with regular milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 3 navel oranges
  • mini marshmallows


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Poke the yams several times with a fork or knife to pierce the skin.
  2. 2. Place on foil or a sheet tray in the oven and bake for 1 hour.
  3. 3. Let yams cool for several minutes, cut in half and scoop out the fluffy insides (I love eating the high fiber skin as a snack).
  4. 4. Mash the yams with butter, maple syrup, evaporated milk and salt until creamy and fluffy.
  5. 5. Cut the oranges in half and slice a very thin disk from the bottom so they rest flat. The skins are actually going to be the “bowls”.
  6. 6. With a pairing knife cut around the inside rim of the orange removing the orange sections and pulp. Place any of the orange juice and pulp in a bowl and discard the white membranes and seeds. Save the juice and pulp for cranberry sauce recipe or just enjoy as a snack.
  7. 7. Fill each orange cup with 1/4 cup of puree and top with several mini marshmallows (you can cover and refrigerate these overnight).
  8. 8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  9. 9. Place on a sheet tray and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  10. 10. Serve.
Sweet Potatoes in Orange Cups

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  1. Nicole Head

    November 20, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Can this be made as a non dairy treat? My nephews would LOVE this, but they are allergic to dairy.

    • C. McCord

      November 20, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      You could use a vegan butter in place of the butter, and any type of milk should work just fine. Start with 1/4 cup and add more if you need the mixture to be thinner. I have also added coconut milk to sweet potatoes and they come out amazing! http://weelicious.com/2013/11/17/vegan-whipped-coconut-sweet-potatoes/

      • Nicole Head

        November 20, 2014 at 8:28 pm

        Thank you! You’re so great to get back to me so fast :).

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  5. Mili Brooks

    December 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Delicious!! I mean Weelicious! My 2 years old daughter couldn’t stop eating them in Thanksgiving and my parets in law love them. The presentation is amazing but better is when you taste them..

  6. Kat

    November 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks Amy! Will try that today!

  7. Amy

    November 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    WOW! The puree is delicious. I replaced the butter with coconut oil and the evaporated milk with almond milk. SO.GOOD. Can’t wait for Thursday to share it with the family. Thanks for another great recipe! :)

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  9. Kat

    November 14, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Hi Catherine, my son is allergic to milk what can I use instead? Almond milk? :)

    • Amy

      November 22, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      Kat, I used coconut oil to replace the butter and unsweetened vanilla almond milk to replace the milk. We’ve yet to assemble them with the orange cups and marshmallows, but the puree is absolutely delicious!

  10. Amy

    December 1, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Ummm, nevermind.

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