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Rosy Rhubarb Cupcakes Recipe

Rosy Rhubarb Cupcakes Recipe

If you're in a big hurry, these cupcakes are delicious even without frosting. The recipe works well with either fresh or frozen rhubarb, and a hint of nutmeg sparks the flavor. —Sharon Nichols, Brookings, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:18 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb, thawed
  • Cream cheese frosting, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and nutmeg; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Fold in rhubarb.
  • 2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Frost if desired. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: If using frozen rhubarb, measure rhubarb while still frozen, then thaw completely. Drain in a colander, but do not press liquid out.

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake (calculated without frosting) equals 168 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 64 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.