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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Recipe Post - Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake

As I am picking plenty of rhubarb from the garden, what better way to use up some by making this cake.  It is so moist and is just lovely for a dessert J

The recipe can be found here at Slow Living Essentials.

I baked the cake the way Christine has described it here, but the old original recipe is pictured on her blog.

Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake
125g butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups plain flour
1 tsp bicarb soda (baking soda)
1 cup buttermilk (I used 1/4 cup natural yoghurt made up to 1 cup with regular milk)
3 cups finely chopped rhubarb

1/2 cup soft brown sugar
1-2 tbs butter

In a medium mixer bowl, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Sift over the flour and bicarb in 2-3 batches, alternating with the milk, mixing gently. A couple of tablespoons of milk may be needed if the mixture is a little on the dry side. Stir through the chopped rhubarb and place into a greased springform tin.

To make the topping, melt the butter and add the sugar. Stir well and then crumble it over the top of the cake mixture. Bake for around 40 mins in a moderate oven, until lightly golden and a skewer comes out clean. Best eaten warm with cream!



  1. Thanks for the recipe, I will have to give that a go :D

  2. That sounds so yummy. Going into my recipe folder.
    Anne xx

  3. We haven't had much success with growing rhubarb, Tania. The cake looks very yummy though.

  4. Nope, no success with rhubarb here either though i haven't given it much effort. I think I'd love this cake. Hell i think I'd eat a brick at the moment if it was made of flour, sugar and butter. This no carb is killing me but i do feel much better. Hubby tells me he hates rhubarb and yet of i so many memories of it stewed with custard, ice cream or sago. I've just noticed how many followers you have. Way to go girl!

  5. My mother makes the same cake here on the east coast of Canada... It's her spring special... Yummy...

  6. Looks good! Just got to wait for the rhubarb to come up now!

  7. I've never really had rhubarb. My parents being Greek never cooked it. I don't think its part of there diet. But this cake looks yummy so I may have to get some and make it.

  8. Lovely moist looking cake. I made a rhubarb pudding in our autumn by pouring a sponge mix over stewed fruit.

  9. Yum! We don't seem to grow rhubarb very well and its been pricey in the shops of late. But I will shelve that recipe for some other time. Thanks Tania.

  10. We have plenty of Rhubarb in our garden great to see it used other than stewed LOL..I have tried Rhubarb and blackberry jam.. all very yummy :))
    Thanks for sharing the recipe :)) hugs pat ..

  11. I am another that is no good at growing rhubarb but I really like it. I will try this cake when I do have some rhubarb though. I also think the colour would be lovely.
    Thank you Tania.xxx

  12. Yum!I love anything rhubarb and miss my rhubarb plants I had a the last place I lived.

  13. That looks delicious, our rhubarb is very happy at the moment, so I'd love to give this one a go :)

  14. I never ate any rhubard. Strangely, here the word "rhubard" means a big fist fight with lots of participants, like a bar room brawl. I guess the vegetable grows in the U.S. but I don't recall ever seeing any of it.

  15. Yummo. Thanks for the link and recipe

    Also love your poem on the side bar. Very applicable for today Australia Day :)


  16. Tanya, that looks absolutely mouthwatering. Another rhubarb fan here, so I can't wait to try this...Mimi...xxx


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