Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Mother's Day Cupcakes

Yep...it's time for another cupcake recipe!! I haven't made any since these for Mother's Day and I am having withdrawals!! I think the next ones I make are going to have coconut! I've been craving coconut lately. Yummy! For my mommy I made rhubarb cupcakes with a strawberry buttercream frosting. Rhubarb is a bitter vegetable or fruit of some kind...but add some sugar and it is DELICIOUSNESS! Like I said before, my mom used to make us this awesome rhubarb pie. I need to get that recipe from her! It was SO good. So, rhubarb reminds me of my mom and I thought it would be the perfect gift. She loved them and everyone else seemed to as well! They are EXTREMELY moist to the point where you will be like "Is this right???" but once you taste them you won't care how funky they look. Hahaha. Oh and please excuse my silly cupcake frosting designs. I am working on getting the hang of the whole icing bag with tips thing.

Rhubarb Cupcakes

1 cup of all purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened
1 cup of diced rhubarb (I used frozen because I couldn't find it fresh. Boo.)
1 cup of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 large egg

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 cup muffin pan with liners.
2. Cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture along with the milk and beat until combined.
4. Fold in the diced rhubarb.
5. Fill the 12 liners evenly with the batter. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. They are not going to look done but as soon as that toothpick comes out clean, take them out and let them rest for at least 15 minutes and they will be perfect.

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

I normally like to use real strawberries, but I wanted this frosting to be smooth and pink with no chunks so I left it out.

1/2 cup of solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon of strawberry extract
2 tablespoons of milk
4 cups of confectioner's sugar
(optional) A few drops of red food coloring.

1. In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer.
2. Add strawberry extract and food coloring if using.
3. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry.
4. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.

If you've never had rhubarb, I encourage you to try these!!! They are delicious and I just know you will fall in love with it. I must warn you though, you will be tempted to taste test the rhubarb as you are dicing it up. Big mistake. LOL It is quite bitter without sugar. So what have y'all been baking up lately??


  1. These look fabulous and I love the pink icing!

  2. These cupcakes look absolutely delicious and I remember how my one grandmother used to love rhubarb pie. I must have tried it at some point as a kid, but I cannot remember the taste. I may just have to try this recipe to remind myself ;) The frosting sounds incredible! They turned out really cute :)

    I made a Strawberry Shortcake yesterday, but it was just the easy Bisquick recipe!

  3. yu-um! this certainly cheers me from my beige day! they look deee-lish!

  4. These look amazing! I love really gooey cupcakes, so they sound just right!

    I baked a homemade King Cake last night. Two hours of rising and some cinnamon butter cream - yum!

  5. Oh no you DIDNT haha.....those look amazing!! YUM!

  6. When I lived in England, we had rhubarb fairly often in the summer. We used to have competitions as to who could pull the funniest face; it really can be very bitter.

  7. Can you believe I've never had rhubarb?! As much as I love pie and desserts you'd think I would have had a piece of rhubarb pie by now but I haven't. These look like a another great way to disguise the otherwise bitter taste (or so I hear).

  8. That sounds delicious! I've never heard of rhubarb cupcakes, but that's a great idea.

  9. my goodness a cupcake sounds fabulous right now! If it has fruit in it, is it healthy?

  10. These look absolutely fabulous!!! I've never had rhubarb, but I've always wanted to try it. I'll make sure not to taste it while I'm baking. Haha.


  11. You are my cupcake soulmate! These look divine!!

    Speaking of coconut, scoot on over to my blog and see how the Buttermilk Cupcakes came out!! :)

  12. I've never ever tried rhubarb, but if it's in a cupcake that looks this delicious, I may just have to try it! Yumm-O! Thanks for sharing another delightful recipe!

  13. Those cupcakes look absolutely amazing!!!!

  14. Every time I visit your blog and see more of your fabulous cupcakes I just want to stay home and bake. And then eat the entire batch all by myself =)

  15. looks so good!
    Also, I left you an award on my blog xx

  16. Wow, these look unbelievable! I've never tried rhubarb, but I'd love my first taste to be a rhubarb cupcake!

  17. Oh gosh, my dad is a huge rhubarb fan...gotta try these. Swing by my blog tomorrow (Wed.) when you get a chance. I have an award for you!

  18. I LOVE rhubarb! I'm excited to have a sweet new blog to read :)

  19. These cupcakes look so good!

  20. This post made me smile. I love love cupcakes & rhoubarb!! I gotta make cupcakes soon so I'm totally going to steal your icing recipe!! =)