Recipe for Sweet Potato Cakes Inspired by Amei Tea House in Jiufen

Sweet Potato Tea Cakes

Inspired by Amei Tea House in Jiufen, Taiwan
Course Snack
Cuisine Fusion
Keyword Tea Cakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling time for the sweet potatoes 2 hours
Servings 4 people
Author Connie Veneracion


  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons rice flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • powdered sugar to taste (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter cooled


  • Rinse and scrub the sweet potatoes well.
  • Place the cleaned sweet potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Bring to the boil, lower the heat, cover the pot and simmer for about 20 minutes or until a knife inserted at the center goes through without resistance.
  • Cool the sweet potatoes.
  • While the sweet potatoes cool, toast the rice flour in an oil-free pan until lightly browned. Cool.
  • Peel the sweet potatoes and mash. You will need two cups of mashed sweet potatoes.
  • Add the salt and rice flour to the sweet potatoes (see notes at the end of the recipe). Mix lightly but thoroughly. Overmixing will make the mixture sticky and lumpy.
  • Taste the sweet potato mixture. If you want to sweeten it some more, add sifted powdered sugar, no more than a tablespoon at a time.
  • Form the sweet potato mixture into small balls.
  • Press each ball into the mold then use the handle to release.
  • Serve the sweet potato tea cakes with hot tea.


How much flour you need to add depends on how sticky your mashed sweet potato is. Start with the minimum and add the rest as needed. As a guide, the mixture should not stick to your hands when you roll it into balls.