Cinnamon spiced cake, swirls of soft rhubarb frosting, with a tart rhubarb surprise inside. Its like a coffee cake all dressed up to go to a fancy party!
I made a rhubarb compote from the rhubarb I picked out of the garden as soon as I could this morning. Rhubarb is one of the best things. I was just going to keep it and spoon it over my yogurt in the morning, but I want to make cupcakes to enter into a contest to win a cool gadget, so I thought why not.
Rhubarb syrup, strained of of compote. Look at that colour!
I had a recipe for snickerdoodle cupcake Ive been wanting to try and cinnamon + rhubarb is great. This recipe is not fussy and including cooling time I made these in about an hour this afternoon. Now I can sit down and have a cup of tea and eat them all before anyone else comes home, wahaha. No one has to know….
Yield: 1 Dozen
Time: 30 minutes
– 2 large bowls
– 1 medium bowl
– Electric mixer
– Small pot
– Wooden spoon
– 1 regular sized muffin tray (12)
– Cupcake liners
– Fine mesh strainer
– Piping Bag + Tip or an Ice Cream Scoop
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, soft
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
Filling: Strained rhubarb compote
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line standard muffin tins with paper cupcake liners.
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as you go. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low.
With the a spatula, fold in flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of milk, until evenly combined and you have a smooth batter.
** If you use your electric mixer to add in the flour you will more than likely overwork the batter, making it sticky and elastic.
Fill just the bottom of each cupcake liner with about a tablespoon of batter. Spoon a teaspoon sized blob of rhubarb compote in the middle and then cover with more batter to reach 3/4 of the way to the top of the liner.
Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes.
1 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb
1/2 cup sugar
Zest and juice of 1 orange
Combine and cook over medium heat 10-12 minutes, until mixture resembles apple sauce.
Strain off liquid and set aside for using later. Cool both to room temperature.
1/2 cup butter softened
1/2 cup reserved liquid from rhubarb compote
5-6 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Sift powdered sugar and set aside.
Beat together butter, rhubarb puree, and vanilla. Gradually add the powdered sugar until it reaches your desired consistency.
To finish, combine remaining pipe frosting on each cupcake.