Monday, August 15, 2011

Rhubarb Cupcakes {MSC}

The South lacks for two things:  Lilacs in the spring and rhubarb in the summer.  When I realized that August meant Rhubarb Cupcakes over at Martha Stewart's Cupcake Club, I knew that (for once) I would bake them ahead of schedule.  I would bake them while in was in the Land of Rhubarb-a-Plenty:  The great state of Minnesota.  Perhaps I was just delirious with the thought of 10,000 lakes, cool crisp nights and perfect 80 degree days, but I thought these cupcakes were seriously delicious and represented to me a perfect celebration of summer.  

The batter was fairly basic and didn't require too many bowls - a big plus in my book!

Here's the addition of the beautiful rhubarb - the perfect tart counterpoint to the sweet cupcake batter.

Ahhh.... the simple vanilla bean.  So much complexity in such an unsightly pod.

Scrape out the seeds and watch the magic unfold.
Vanilla extract could simply not compare to these beautiful flecks of culinary gold.

This Rhubarb sauce makes the cupcake:  
a sweet simple syrup infused with the tartness of rhubarb and delicious vanilla flecks.  
The trick is to cook the rhubarb long enough to soften it, but not so long that it turns to mush!

After baking these, my son, Samuel effervesced with accolades and selected all things rhubarb for his birthday! Tart rhubarb in a sweet cupcake topped with a sweet vanilla-rhubarb sauce.  What could be better?

You can find this delicious recipe over at The PhDCupcaker. Thanks to Lorraine for this month's pick!  

UP NEXT:  September 15 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes.


  1. Rachel - The first word that comes to mind is WOW! Your photos are beautiful and your cupcakes look amazing. The rhubarb looks so delicious. I got mine from someone's garden, but it is not as vibrant as yours (still tasty though and that is what matters most). Like your son, I too am now a big rhubarb fan! Thanks for baking along!

  2. I came across your blog on Skip to my Lou! I'm a new follower!

    I'm hosting a link party..."Fusion Fridays" {Open All Weekend!}

    I would love it if you would come by Friday and link up!

  3. Your cupcakes a lovely. The color of your rhubarb is amazing! I really enjoyed this recipe.

  4. This looks AMAZING! I would LOVE it if you shared this recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow!

    I hope to see you there!

  5. I am so sorry I didn't bake along- I had about 1/2 cup of rhubarb and then life got too busy... so I just threw out the veggies...

    Your photos make me feel like I really missed a good one! Glad Samuel liked them.

  6. They look delish! I have never worked with rhubarb.

    Stop by and link up at

    for What’s Cooking Wednesday!

  7. My grandpa always grew rhubarb! He died in 1995 and I haven't had fresh rhubarb since! I am in Alabama and we have tried several years to grow it in our garden and it is just too hot :( Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thank you so much for linking up to Fusion Fridays! Come back next Friday to see my favorites and to link up again!

    Have a great weekend!

  9. Hi Rachel,
    Your photo's are always just awesome. I just love rhubarb and can almost taste these wonderful cupcakes. Hope you have a great week end and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come back soon,
    Miz Helen

  10. Living in Georgia, we don't eat much rhubarb here. I've never tasted it. But, this looks like the perfect way to try it. The cupcakes look beautiful! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.