Ah…rhubarb, brings back so many memories of summer in Pennsylvania. We had rhubarb growing in our back yard – in fact, it was one of those plants that could not be killed. My mom used to make rhubarb pies but I was never really a fan. It has a tart taste and I’m not much of a fan of tart things. Oh, and it’s technically a vegetable. There is a reason I am the Cupcake Lady and not the Vegetable Lady.
But some people are fans of tart tasting things, so you might like The Dutch Baker’s Daughter‘s cupcakes made with rhubarb and fresh strawberries. It’s sort of a sneaky way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet.
Strawberry Rhubarb Cupcakes
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1 cup chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons milk
1. In 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, cook strawberries, rhubarb, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and 1 tablespoon butter, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat; transfer to small bowl. Cover and refrigerate about 1 hour or until chilled.
2. Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 12 regular-size muffin cups. In small bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups flour, the baking powder and salt; set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons strawberry mixture for frosting. In another small bowl, stir together remaining strawberry mixture, 1/3 cup milk and the vanilla.
3. In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup softened butter and 1/2 cup granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat until blended. Add half the flour mixture then half of the strawberry mixture, beating well after each addition. Repeat with remaining flour and strawberry mixtures. (Batter will be thick.) Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Note: you can add a little red food coloring to brighten up the color
4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
5. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, 1 tablespoon softened butter and the reserved 2 tablespoons strawberry mixture with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar and enough milk until frosting is of desired spreading consistency. Spread frosting on cooled cupcakes.