Thursday, September 9, 2010
Strawberry Rhubarb Cupcakes
When I want to DEstress, I love to bake. Today was just the day for that. I happen to buy some rhubarb on a whim yesterday. I've never actually had rhubarb by itself before, but I had some strawberry rhubarb jam while on a recent trip I took. It looks like a purple kind of celery and tastes really tart when it's raw. Do people actually eat it raw?
I googled around for some inspiration as to how to cook this stuff and what to do with it. I came across the blog The Dutch Baker's Daughter, and found her recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Cupcakes (which was actually a runner up in a Betty Crocker baking contest :-). I followed all her directions but the only thing I changed was the frosting. I'm on this swiss meringue kick lately, so I did a strawberry rhubarb version :) Btw - I could not stop licking the spoon when I was cooking down the strawberries and rhubarb together!
They were really yummy. Very moist and not too sweet at all - which the BF liked, I could use a little more sweetness but that's just me ;-) I like the combo more than just plain strawberry cupcakes, the rhubarb gives it a little more umph. I think it's a perfect treat for the end of summer going into autumn season.