Rhubarb Cupcakes

Rhubarb, what is rhubarb exactly? I’ve asked myself this dozens of times and to be honest, I still don’t have the answer. I asked a bunch of my friends on Twitter and they said it’s a tart veggie, but it’s used almost like a fruit it pies, jams and muffins and such. *humph* I still don’t know about this rhubarb.

So I thought… hmmm, could I do a rhubarb cupcake? I found only TWO recipes for this online… one of which was WAY too complicated. So, I settled on the simpler recipe from Coconut & Lime. This recipe is a basic vanilla cupcake (very flavorful!!) with chunks of tart rhubarb in it. It’s then topped with a marshmallow frosting made with a rhubarb based simple syrup. It’s really quite easy to make and the frosting really completes the cupcake!

I brought them to class today and EVERYONE was surprised and delighted that they were made with rhubarb and were a big hit!! They ooooh and awwwwed and said they were delish!! (Especially the frosting!)

See the chunks of rhubarb?? Yummmy!!!

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My mom emailed me this recipe for a yummy rhubarb recipe. It’s not a cupcake, but it still looks good!! I can’t wait to try it!

“Crumbly-Topped Rhubarb” by Nancy Jimerson

3 c Young Rhubarb, unpeeled and diced
1T Unbleached Flour
1/2 c Granulated Sugar
1 t Cinnamon
1/8 t Salt
1 T Water
6 T Butter
6 T Unbleached Flour
1/2 c Brown Sugar, Firmly Packed
1/2 c Rolled Oats; Quick Cooking Oatmeal

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.
In a 10x6x2 in baking dish, combine the first 6 ingredients.
Cream the butter with the flour and brown sugar.
Stir in the oats.
Sprinkle over the rhubarb.
Bake in a moderate oven for 40 minutes or until the rhubarb is tender and the top is brown.


  1. Sassypants Wifey

    Wow, rhubarb cupcakes, that is truely awesomeness right there. I can not wait to try this one. I may have to run out and buy some tomorrow! Thanks for sharing, you are a Pimp McFabulous!


  2. Nancy @ La Chambre Rose

    Excellent. My mother grew rhubarb and we had it fresh every year, mostly in pie!


  3. Rocksee

    I love love love rhubarb. My granny used to boil it for us as kids.. I am so going to try this!


  4. Wems

    I had a request for Rhubarb Crumble cupcakes at easter :)
    They were all gobbled up in no time so they must have been good LOL


  5. Kristin

    I LOVE strawberry rhubarb pie so I’m thinking these cupcakes are right up my alley! Hi from SITS!


  6. Housewife Savant

    You are going to get hundreds of comments all over your blog on this special day.
    Everyone will tell you what a SWEET blog it is.
    And some of us will politely ask for a glass of milk.

    Yum, rhubarb.

    Congrats on your fb day.


  7. Michelle

    My husband would love these!


  8. sam

    Yum, will try tomoz cant wait I luv rhubarb. Thanks Betsy!!


  9. Tamie Soria

    Howdy would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!


    1. JavaCupcake

      Hi there. I use WordPress. And the reason why mine seems so much different is because it was made just for me by a couple of friends of mine that are web designers :) Good luck with your new blog!


  10. Lorien

    Hi Betsy

    I’ve just bounced onto your blog not long ago, and I love it!! I’ve also seen Cupcakes Take The Cake, which is really ace. You’ve been inspiring me :)

    I love this rhubarb recipe, I’ve tried rhubarb and ginger ones and they were soooo good. Nice combination. Now onto these ones next…

    Thanks for sharing :)



    1. JavaCupcake


      Thanks so much for leaving a comment! I love hearing back from the readers! These rhubarb cupcakes were one of the first ones I made but they turned out so yummy and have become a super popular recipe on my blog!

      Thanks again for stopping by… and please let me know how they turn out for you!



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