Thursday, April 19, 2012

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie in a Cupcake!

When faced with two such delicious options as pie and cupcakes...why choose? Instead, let's put them together into one new, completely delicious and tempting sweet treat! I'm so excited about these cupcakes it's not even funny. Seriously. I may not even share them with anyone. Actually, I take that back...I just did the math on how many hours I'd have to spend in the gym and how many calories I'd have to give up over the next few weeks to make up for it. Nevermind. I'll just make the one that I do eat last. :)



My all-time favorite pie is strawberry rhubarb. If you've never had it, you must give it a try. You MUST. The tart rhubarb pairs so well with the sweetness of the strawberry that you'd think they were made for each other. A match made in heaven. A treat for your taste buds. I really could go on and on but, suffice it to say, it's fabulous.

Rhubarb - just beautiful!
*original photo here*


Here in Florida, we have a hard time finding rhubarb because it's such a hit or miss thing for the grocery stores to have it in stock. I actually mentioned this to my boss's wife and two days later she came into work with a package of this delicious vegetable for me - sweetest lady EVER! Rhubarb looks like celery but is a pink color and can be found with the berries. Funnily enough, not two days after she brought this in for me, I found a larger package at Publix and bought it too. I chopped all of it up and it's been sitting in my freezer, just waiting for me to decide what to do with it. Well, now I have and I'm sharing it with you.





Now, don't judge me, but I never make my own pie crust. I don't have the patience, don't want to spend the time, and don't believe there's a need to do so. I always buy the refrigerated (not frozen) stuff in the bread & cookie dough section of the grocery store. It tastes great and saves so much time. For these cupcakes I cut out rounds of pie dough and placed them in the bottom of the liners. I then poured the vanilla cake batter over the rounds and baked them as usual. Once cooled, I carved out the centers of each cupcake, and filled them with the cooked pie filling, heaping it over the edge of the hole. I iced each cupcake with fresh whipped cream and garnished them with a lattice pie crust and some strawberry-rhubarb glaze.

Lattice tops made by arranging the lattice on wax paper then cutting out with a round cutter. They were then  egg washed, sprinkled with sanding sugar, and baked until lightly golden brown.

Here are the recipes:

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Filling:

2 cups frozen strawberries, diced
2 cups frozen rhubarb, diced
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 t cinnamon
1 t vanilla
2 t lemon juice
3 T cornstarch

Mix all ingredients in a pot and cook on stove until it starts to bubble and thicken. Set aside and let cool completely.

For the whipped cream, if you have a tried and true recipe you like, feel free to use it. I don't really follow a recipe. I just take heavy whipping cream and add confectioner's sugar and vanilla to taste then whip til stiff peaks are formed.

For the cupcakes, I used my favorite vanilla cake recipe found here, omitting the almond extract.

Well, there you have it. My first attempt at pie in cupcake form. I am definitely pleased with the results and I think you will be too. Give them a try! I'll definitely be doing this many more times, with different flavor combinations. The ideas are running through my head as I type. Until next time, happy reading and, more importantly, happy cupcake-ing!



47 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I can't wait to try this. Thanks for posting :)

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  3. Hi! Visiting from Michelle's Tasty Creations! These look HEAVENLY!! I love anything in cupcake form. And I think I found the right place to indulge my sweet tooth :)

    Im going to see what other amazing recipes I can find on your site.. if you get a chance I would love for you to share this on my Friday link party tomorrow!

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  4. This recipe looks great! I would love it if you linked up this post to my blog hop for a chance to win a cookbook prize package: http://ow.ly/aj76a

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  5. Hi,

    Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. These look darling and super yummy. I have never tried rhubarb but have always wanted to. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

    I can't wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Michelle

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  6. You know.. Sadly I have NEVER tried Rhubarb Pie! You don't make your own crust? What kind of a person are you? LOL! I am only kidding.. I will gladly take the easy way out on that one too! ;) Thanks so much for sharing! xoxo- Rachel

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    1. First off, I am so very sad that you've never had Strawberry Rhubarb Pie...you are SO missing out. And as far as the crust thing goes...well, I have no defense. I just refuse to do it. My pastry instructors would be so disappointed! :) Oh well!! Thanks for hosting!

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  7. What a cute cupcake. If you have not shared yet at http://www.bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/ I would love for you to do so. These would be perfect for a Summer BBQ.

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  8. That looks divine and I'll bet it tastes even better :-)

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  9. Stopping by from the Weekend Show Off Party! http://queenofsavings.com

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  10. What cute cupcakes! I love this idea

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    1. Thanks, Heather! I'll be doing blueberry pie this week! :)

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  11. Looks great! Just one question, how did you make your glaze?

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    1. Hey there...I actually just used the sauce from the pie filling :) If I were making the glaze by itself, I would've used the same recipe for the filling and then pressed and strained it through a fine sieve.

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  12. I love these! Totally going to make some sort of cupcake pie with these toppers. LOVE LOVE! I pinned them. :)

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    1. Thanks, Dorothy! I really loved them too and they were much easier than I thought they'd be!!

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  13. Heather - these look amazing! Totally pinning! Thanks for linking up to the Pomp Party!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

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  14. I just LOVE it... makes me wish I liked Rhubarb :)

    Ann Kelly
    www.recipeswelove.net

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    1. Thanks! I wouldn't eat it by itself but paired with something sweet...amazing! :)

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  15. How cute are these! I love rhubarb, what a great way to use it!

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  16. Gorgeous! Such a great summer idea, too.

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  17. Oooh, I love strawberry rhubarb pie AND cupcakes. This sounds like a match made in heaven. Thanks for sharing at our party!

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  18. I found you over on Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party. I have been wanting to try a dessert with rhubarb and this looks like the perfect place to start. I'm going to be making these soon and I am pinning it :) Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Now these look so delicious!!! We loved having you link up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope you'll be back soon! -The Sisters

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  20. Thanks SO much for sharing these adorable cupcakes ... I am featuring YOU tomorrow at the {what's shakin' link party} #6! I'd love for you to stop by, link up and grab a featured button!! Happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much, Keri! I'll be partying along with you all again this week :)

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  21. How cute are these??? I'm sure they taste just as delicious! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. I'll be featuring these tomorrow. Happy Sunday!
    Jenn ;)

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  22. I absolutely love this idea! I'd love it if you'd stop by Sweet & Simple Sunday at Cups by Kim and link up! Hope to see you there! BTW...I'm your latest follower!!
    http://www.cupsbykim.blogspot.com/2012/04/sweet-simple-sunday-7.html

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  23. Way cute! I love rhubarb and I love these!

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