Erica Lea on May 10th 2010
As I looked at our nearly bare garden and spotted our healthy rhubarb plants, a sudden fancy hit me. Rhubarb upside down cake. We had made this recipe once before with success. So my sister & I quickly harvested the tenderest shoots.
Then, as we were prepping our ingredients, panic stuck. There wasn’t a stick of butter in the house. Amanda & I looked at each other and shrieked.
Thankfully, Grandma lent us a couple sticks of butter and our cake was saved! And it was definitely worth the trip to Grandma’s.
Notes: We of course substituted whole wheat flour & a natural sweetener in this recipe. Even with all whole wheat, the cake was very tender.
We like to serve this with a warm vanilla custard. You can use the recipe for vanilla sauce found here & increase the milk to 3 cups.
Rhubarb Upside Down Cake
Adapted from Taste of Home
- 2/3 cup maple sugar or sweetener of choice
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2-1/4 cups diced fresh or frozen rhubarb
- 4-1/2 teaspoons maple sugar or sweetener of choice
- 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- 3/4 cup maple sugar
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (4 1/2 ounces) whole wheat pastry flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- Whipped cream or vanilla custard, optional
1) Preheat oven to 325° F. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan. In a small bowl, combine the sugar & melted butter. Spread in the bottom of the prepared pan. Layer with the rhubarb & sprinkle with 4 1/2 teaspoons of maple sugar. Set aside.
2) In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter & 3/4 cups of maple sugar until light & fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the egg yolks & vanilla extract and mix.
3) In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer running on low, slowly add half of the flour, the milk, and the other half of the flour, beating well after each addition & scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
4) In a clean, medium-sized bowl, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold into the batter. Gently spoon over the rhubarb in the pan.
5) Bake in preheated oven until the cake springs back when lightly touched, about 50-60 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack for 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla custard.
Makes approximately 8-10 servings