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Rhubarb Cupcakes: The Perfect Autumn Cupcakes

My rhubarb cupcakes were dubbed by my cupcake taster, Ran (who has tasted so many of my cupcakes that he may as well be Groom 2.5), as “the perfect autumn cupcake.” He went on to say how he felt weird even eating the rhubarb cupcakes in the summer.

What Did the Other Tasters Say About the Rhubarb Cupcakes?

  • One taster said that the rhubarb cupcakes were so good that he was left “speechless.” However, it should be noted he is a new taster who doesn’t have much regular access to home-baked goods. As such, he wasn’t as critical as my regular tasters.
  • My mom took a couple of rhubarb cupcakes back to New York with her. Her friend, Peter, who has tasted quite a few Cupcake Project cupcakes, said that this one was right up there with the best.
  • Bride and Groom 2.0 both thought the cupcake texture was perfect. Bride 2.0 liked the flavor, but Groom 2.0 did not.
  • As for me, I enjoyed them, but I thought they were almost too simple. The flavor was not quite complex enough. The rhubarb flavor was there, but it basically blended into the overall spice cake flavor. Despite my issues with its simplicity, these rhubarb cupcakes would be perfection on a crisp autumn night sitting in front of the fire with a glass of hot cocoa.


The Rhubarb Cupcake Recipe

Because I was basing my rhubarb cupcake recipe off of a rhubarb pulled pork recipe (if you are not a regular reader, don’t be alarmed by this statement – I get my inspiration in weird ways), I wanted to incorporate some of the same flavors – agave, five spice, and ginger. I decided to use a recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World (the only cupcake cookbook that I regularly refer to) as my starting point.
Here is the Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World simple vanilla and agave nectar cupcake recipe modified a whole lot to make my rhubarb cupcake recipe.

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Rhubarb Cupcakes

I modified one of my favorite vanilla cupcake recipes to be the "perfect fall cupcake" by adding rhubarb.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword rhubarb cupcake recipe, rhubarb cupcakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 154kcal


  • 2/3 C soy milk
  • 1/2 t apple cider vinegar
  • 2/3 C agave nectar if you don't have agave nectar, you can use honey
  • 1/3 C canola oil
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 4 drops ginger extract from Supreme Spice if you don't have ginger extract, you can use 1/2 t powdered ginger
  • 2 t five spice powder
  • 1 1/3 C flour
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 C rhubarb compote


  • Mix the soy milk and the apple cider vinegar in a large bowl and allow to sit for a few minutes to curdle.
  • Beat in vinegar, agave, oil, vanilla, and ginger.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and five spice powder and mix just until smooth. Do not over-mix.
  • Stir in rhubarb compote.
  • Fill liners 2/3 full.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the tops bounce back when touched.


Frost these cupcakes with five spice frosting. For even more fun, dunk the cupcake in some extra rhubarb compote as you are eating it.


Nutrition Facts
Rhubarb Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Sodium 109mg5%
Potassium 104mg3%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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19 comments on “Rhubarb Cupcakes: The Perfect Autumn Cupcakes”

  1. GORGEOUS cupcakes – and hooray for the vegan recipe!! :0)

  2. Maggiesays:

    I was just thinking about trying rhubarb in a cupcake/muffin. I was going to just use the compote in place of applesauce in an apple cake recipe but I think I’ll give yours a try. I’ve made the VCTOTW agave cupcakes plain and loved them.

  3. Ah, the five-spice frosting finds a perch! On rhubarb cupcakes, no less. Definitely inspired.

  4. Ivysays:

    COOL! Very very interestinfg picture. When I first got to your site I thought to myself, “what the hec am I looking at?.” Hahahaha. :)
    You’re the best!

  5. snagsays:

    I like the idea of dipping the cupcakes in rhubarb compote as you eat it… awesome!

  6. Groom 2.5 would like it noted that he’s single and currently on the market for a cupcake loving Bride 2.5. Love of sunsets, cinnamon, and long walks to burn off cupcake calories a must.

  7. Clarification from Groom 2.0:
    Immeadiately after dinner, when I sampled the cupcake and gave my review, I stated that the flavor of the cupcake was not the problem. I didn’t cleanse my pallette at all and the flavors of my meal didn’t meld well to the flavor of the cupcake.

  8. Minkosays:

    Groom 2.5 – how about a bride that is a cupcake baker that is on the market for a cupcake loving groom?

  9. Well Minko, I’ve always wanted to visit Australia…

  10. Minkosays:

    And I was only in the States 6 weeks ago Groom 2.5! We could have gotten married in Vegas while I was there

  11. Cakespysays:

    I think I could pretty easily get past eating them in the summer. It would not be too hard at all, especially when they’re as gorgeous as these babies!

  12. Jeffsays:

    Hmmm…interesting and I think it is time to make trip to the garden to grab more rhubarb.

    Hmm…dang did I just say I was going to attempt another cupcake???

  13. Gigisays:

    I love the ingredients in this cupcake! I am bookmarking this for cooler days that allow for baking!

  14. Deborahsays:

    What a unique cupcake! It sounds delicious to me!

  15. Lisasays:

    What wonderfully fun cupcakes! Your methods are positively inspiring and I just love the semi-exotic, kinda retro look of the photos!

  16. Stefsays:

    Veggie Girl – Thanks!!

    Maggie – Let me know how it goes. :)

    Eating Club – Hah! I love how you put that. It’s the perfect way to say it.

    Ivy – LOL. It’s sort of a hippie picture.

    Snag – I love all kinds of dips.

    Groom 2.5 and Minko – I see a CP love connection brewing. How exciting!

    Cakespy – :) Yeah.. it wasn’t too tough.

    Jeff – Woohoo! I’ve converted you!

    Gigi – Yeah, it’s been crazy hot here too.

    Howtoeat – Passing that one on to Jonathan. Thanks!

    Deborah – Thanks so much!

    Lisa – What a sweet comment!! Thanks so much!

  17. Anonymoussays:

    I’m from Western Maryland and down here the BIG rhubarb thing is Strawberry Rhubarb pie..it’s absolutly amazing..maybe strawberry would add a little something to these cupcakes.

  18. Thanks for the recipe, we have linked it in our 25 Sugar Free Cupcake feature on http://www.partycupcakeideas.com

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