Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Jar Cakes

Marla Meridith

March 18, 2012

Sweet potato chocolate chip cake in white ramekin with pomegranate seeds

Sweet potato chocolate chip cake in white ramekin with pomegranate seeds

We had a burst of cool air this week in Southern California. I went from craving citrus, berries and dreamy chocolate milkshakes to seeking shelter in warm comforting foods. I developed this recipe back in the fall and have been baking it up often to satisfy cravings for cake, chocolate and my favorite ~ sweet potatoes. I am fascinated by the whole idea of baking in alternative containers, specifically cakes in jars and little ramekins.

Dig into these little warm cakes with a nice long spoon and cup of coffee or glass of milk at the ready…

Sweet potato chocolate chip cake in white ramekin with pomegranate seeds

Not only did I use mason jars but I used little white bake safe ramekins too.

We will just call them jars for now. Makes more sense for the name for this recipe.

There is something so thrilling about thinking outside the box and baking cake in something other that a sheet or cake pan. I beg you to think outside the box too. As long as your container can withstand the heat from your oven then you can do this!

Sweet potato chocolate chip cake in white ramekin with pomegranate seeds

Don’t forget a dollop of whipped cream too. The cool cream plays against the warm cake and is heavenly.

Make sure you get a scoop of cream and cake in every spoonful. Top with some nuts and fresh fruit too if you desire. And more chocolate chips or carob.

Sweet potato chocolate chip cake in white ramekin with pomegranate seeds

Feel free to use chocolate or carob chips in these jar cakes. Lately I have been enjoying the unique taste of carob. Have you ever tried it? It is very sweet and caramel/creamy tasting. The chips I use also have no refined sugar, I really like that.

Pomegranate seeds in white ramekin porcelain bowls


We enjoy sweet potatoes in savories (baked fries, appetizers, soupchili, salads, kebabs) as well as sweets. We love my recipe for Sweet Potato Crisps. You must try this sometime if you have not all ready.

Sweet potato chocolate chip cake in white ramekin with pomegranate seeds

What is your favorite sweet potato recipe?


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  • Cookbook Queen
    Posted at 18:50h, 18 March

    These are ADORABLE!! Love the flavor combo, it sounds amazing.

    I’ll trade ya your cool weather for my hot and humid weather 🙁

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:25h, 18 March

      Girl, you just gotta join me here in the cold. Can’t take that heat either. Having fun all bundled up in a jacket, hat & gloves tonight!

  • Marina
    Posted at 19:16h, 18 March

    What a great treat you’ve created! As for me, I don’t have a favorite sweet potato recipe… not a big fan of it. I still preffer a real potatoes, Russet being my favorite. 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:24h, 18 March

      Marina, sounds like there are two camps on the sweet potato thing. Love ’em or leave ’em. I could go without white potatoes but regularly crave their orange cousins 😉

  • Shawna @ CheekyChicFamily
    Posted at 19:56h, 18 March

    I love a sweet potato cut into cubes and roasted with a little kosher salt, black pepper, and olive oil. Simple. Easy. Delicious. If I add too many ingredients I miss the simple flavor of it’s roasted goodness.

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:41h, 19 March

      Shawna, roasting fruits and veggies is my favorite thing to do. Lately I have been experimenting with all kinds of produce in the oven. Love the enhanced flavors! I also love my sweet potatoes simply roasted 🙂

  • Jen
    Posted at 20:23h, 18 March

    I don’t think I ever ate sweet potatoes in a dessert before and i have no idea what carobs are but now I am curious enough to try it 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:42h, 19 March

      Yay Jen! You gotta try it. Either way you go chocolate or carob you should be happy with the results. If you have ever backed with pumpkin then you can expect similar results both in flavor and texture.

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Posted at 21:28h, 18 March

    Well aren’t these just so clever, creative, gorgeous…and dare I say a healthy cake! You covered all the bases here!

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:43h, 19 March

      Thanks Averie! My tagline these days is simply “Making Healthy Food Beautiful” So your comment certainly is in line with that! xo

  • Rosa
    Posted at 00:10h, 19 March

    A wonderful idea! Those look lovely. I love the combination.

    Cheers and happy Monday,


  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots
    Posted at 04:00h, 19 March

    My husband was just reminding me that I needed to make more things with sweet potatoes. I just picture it as more of a winter comfort food, like you, but having temperatures every day in the 80s makes it hard. These look great though! I would totally eat this for breakfast when it’s cool outside. Yum! 😀

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:34h, 19 March

      Caroline, I was hesitant to post these because of that very reason ~ the warm temps people have been having. Hopefully lots of you guys will bake ’em up any way or bookmark this recipe for next years sweet potato cravings 🙂

  • shelly (cookies and cups)
    Posted at 05:28h, 19 March

    These are so cute! I love the addition of ginger 🙂

  • Jenny Flake
    Posted at 06:43h, 19 March

    This is just stunning Marla, bet they taste delish too! xoxo

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    Posted at 06:59h, 19 March

    This is a fabulous, creative recipe Marla! What a great way to get a good serving of sweet potato and also enjoy a wholesome breakfast or dessert. Awesome idea!

  • Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media]
    Posted at 07:20h, 19 March

    Wow. This looks so tasty and satisfying Thanks for sharing, Marla!

  • Erin @ Brownie Bites
    Posted at 07:36h, 19 March

    I have never tried sweet potatoes with chocolate! Wow, what a combo, I bet it tastes lovely

  • Maria
    Posted at 09:06h, 19 March

    Such cute little cakes and I love sweet potato everything!

  • TidyMom
    Posted at 09:47h, 19 March

    Beautiful and I bet they are delicious!

  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers
    Posted at 09:48h, 19 March

    Oy my gosh! I would love this dessert!!! I need to make it, but one question, Is corn flour the same as corn meal? Or is it liek a pastry flour?


  • Nancy@acommunaltable
    Posted at 09:57h, 19 March

    Aww… aren’t these cute!! I bet your kids absolutely love them – as will the kid in all of us!!

  • Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily
    Posted at 10:20h, 19 March

    THis is the most fabulous thing I’ve seen in a while! I’ve been meaning to purchase some ramkins and now I’m running out the door to get some. 😉 I love your toppings on these yummy, healthy treats.

  • Rikki
    Posted at 10:45h, 19 March

    I just saw a cute little ramekin in an antique store yesterday and almost bought it! Now I really wish I had because it’d be perfect for this! These are simply adorable and I love the idea of cake in a jar. Your pictures are gorgeous too [:

  • Ben
    Posted at 11:34h, 19 March

    Oh yeah, that looks warming and delicious!

  • susan
    Posted at 11:42h, 19 March

    I, too, bought some sweet potatoes this past weekend. Subconsciously the weather may have influenced my purchase. Your cakes are inventive and cute, Marla!

  • Brooke @ Food Woolf
    Posted at 12:26h, 19 March

    What a cozy dessert/snack. Looks like something fun to have with the kids or while no one’s looking! 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:05h, 19 March

      Brooke, love the idea of “when no ones looking” !!

  • Lucy
    Posted at 12:54h, 19 March

    Love baked sweet potato puree with apple, lime and yogurt – recipe given to me by Martha Rose Schulman at her Thanksgiving without Tears class – it’s sublime. And you know I love baking in jars of all shapes and sizes.

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:04h, 19 March

      Lucy, I am loving the sound of that sweet potato purée! Is the recipe on your blog? Then again you did list the ingredients, I could take it from there 😉

  • Angie
    Posted at 12:55h, 19 March

    Love sweet potatoes. Indulgent and satisfys the sweet tooth without the guilt! Love all the photos. Looks like a shabby chic farmhouse!
    Perfect pretty dessert anytime! xo

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:54h, 21 March

      Angie, I wish I lived in a Shabby Chic farmhouse 😉

  • Esi
    Posted at 15:36h, 19 March

    Fun way to use sweet potato

  • Saya
    Posted at 16:13h, 19 March

    Wow this looks so unique and delicious! I LOVE LOVE LOVE sweet potatoes and the choice of spices makes it look really tasty. Thanks for sharing! xo

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    Posted at 18:33h, 19 March

    oh my gosh I NEED these. love them!

  • skidmark
    Posted at 20:02h, 19 March

    I just made the one from this site http://theprimitivefoodie.blogspot.com/ and they tasted amazing! I like the idea of adding whip cream!

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:53h, 21 March

      Thanks for sharing those cookies look great!

  • Traci
    Posted at 22:05h, 19 March

    These are absolutely adorable! I have a sweet potato sitting in my refrigerator right now! I love how you put them into portion controlled containers too. I hope it helps me to not eat it all up! 🙂

  • Joanne
    Posted at 04:48h, 20 March

    Sweet potatoes serve as comfort food to me no matter the weather! These cakes in a jar sound so tasty…I would really have to restrain myself to stop at just one!

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:53h, 21 March

      Joanne, the restraint is the tricky part. How about telling yourself “Self, there is always more for later if I eat just one jar cake ;)”

  • Terri
    Posted at 12:04h, 20 March

    I always love a good sweet potato recipe. I would suspect that the oat flour is gluten-free too? Well that makes this absolutely perfect!

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    Posted at 18:36h, 20 March

    heavenly as always! Miss you!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:50h, 21 March

      Thanks friend! Miss you back 🙂

  • Divya @ FF
    Posted at 21:42h, 20 March

    Love the idea, it’s so creative! I’m always cooking up sweet potatoes. My favourite way of using them is boiling them and then adding some quinoa and an egg to bind it together to make a “cake” similar to fish cakes. But, I never really thought of using them in a sweet dish. Something new to try!

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:50h, 21 March

      Divya, love what you do with sweet potatoes too! Have you seen my recipe for Quinoa Sweet Potato Breakfast Bake? Along the same lines of what you are talking about, but the sweet version.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    Posted at 20:10h, 21 March

    I love all your jar recipes. First the chai cream and now this sweet potato jar cakes. Holy smokes 😀

  • Christopher Sorel
    Posted at 09:50h, 26 March

    yum those look good and saving to try these

  • Kristina Vanni
    Posted at 10:59h, 26 March

    These look wonderful and creative. Such a great combination of flavors! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ed
    Posted at 14:28h, 26 March

    I like to roast the sweet potatoes rather than boil them, I think it gives them a richer and sweeter flavor. (I wrap them in foil and bake until tender, then let them cool, peel and mash them, sometimes I add a little orange zest and/or juice.)

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  • sabri
    Posted at 15:20h, 17 September

    Do I have to use the corn flour with the oat flour? Or can I just use ~ 2 cups of oat flour alone? If I wanted to do so, would you suggest altering the rest of the recipe to make up for it?

  • plasterers bristol
    Posted at 01:21h, 20 July

    this sounds good. Something new to try as well. thanks for sharing this recipe.



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