Saturday, July 23, 2005

Rhubarb Cupcakes

Rhubarb Cupcakes

So this is what rhubarb tastes like!! :D

Today I finally used my rhubarb for baking. A couple of days ago, its leaves started turning yellowish, showing a sign of some kind of disease, so I decided to use it before it died. Now, everyone, this was my very first time using rhubarb in any kind of baking/cooking… I have tasted only a little bit of rhubarb jam before and that was it. I was so excited to find out how rhubarb chunks would taste when baked in a cake.

These rhubarb stalks were very thin and short, but I guess that was the best I could expect from growing rhubarb in a small pot on a balcony. I didn’t think they were enough for making any decent-sized cake, so after considering a few alternatives, I finally decided to downsize this recipe and make small cupcakes.

The result:
I just don’t understand why, but the top of the cupcakes cracked in a strange way… Underneath the thin layer of granulated sugar and chopped cashew nuts, there are big cavities… But the taste is GOOOOOOOOD!!
The sourness of the rhubarb chunks is just so refreshing in the sweet cupcake.
Hmmmm.... I love it !!


Anonymous said...

The cupcakes looks wonderful..... Glad they taste great, too..... I love rhubarb...Good mixed with strawberries in a pie. Sweet and tart.... 

Posted by carlyn

Anonymous said...

You did good with the rhubarbs .. Obachan..!! my FIL would be proud of you . ;) 

Posted by Big BoK

Anonymous said...


Exellent looking cupcakes, and I love rhubarb myself. I hope next year you will have more and bigger plant. Supposedly every year they get better and bigger til they over take your garden, but I havent the space. If you can spare the space put the rhubarb in a slightly larger pot for next year. Good luck and thanks for a peek at the mouth watering cupcakes! 

Posted by milgwimper

Anonymous said...

Hi Obachan,

I've never had rhubarb, but I was told that it was a bit tart. I'm glad you had success with the plant. Hopefully you'll get a bigger one next year! 

Posted by Reid

Anonymous said...

Interesting. I don't think I've ever tried it. Maybe it's more of a Southern dish? 

Posted by Jonny

Anonymous said...

> carlyn --- Rhubarb and strawberry pie? Hmmm… must be a nice combination. It’ll be my project for the next year.

> Big Bok --- Please say thank you to your FIL from me. I’m going to plant rhubarb in my parents’ garden when I visit them this coming August. Yep, mass production is the next step ;)

> milgwimper --- Thanks for your compliment. To be honest they looked somewhat like cavities…but tasted good.

> Reid --- It is tart, but it goes so well with the sweet cake. I really want to have a lot of it next year.

> Jonny --- The recipe I linked in the post does say “Southern U.S. cuisine,” but I don’t know. I thought rhubarb did not like hot and humid weather so I didn’t think it was popularly grown in the South. But maybe it is ??  

Posted by obachan

Anonymous said...

Hi, obachan. Those rhubarb cupcakes look very appealing and tasty! =) I haven't tried rhubarb myself, though I always see strawberry-rhubarb pie. The first time I saw rhubarb was in a recipe photo for rhubarb cream pie, and I thought it looked like bacon! LOL. Thus, it was never appealing to me. Your experiment, however, makes me want to try baking with rhubarb, too. :) 

Posted by Ave Qute

Anonymous said...

Hi Ave Qute,
Nice to hear from you again. I haven’t tried crab rangoon since June.
I googled a bit to find a photo of rhubarb cream pie, and yeah, it DID look like bacon in the pic I found : ) But the taste must be good, I suppose. Wow, so many things to try with rhubarb next year! I really need a mass production.

Posted by obachan

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