rhubarb upside-down cake

Update 2023: Sometime in the early 2000’s, I stuck a single stalk of rhubarb into the ground next to the mint and basil. Within maybe a year or two, this turned into a massive colony of plants appropriate for a brachiosaurus.

This one is NOT gluten free. I will update it eventually.

Yo where the rhubarb G?

This recipe got made a few times! It was delish. These days, I will have to find a way to make this diabetic friendly… (riigghhhht).

Here’s the recipe that was on our fridge. Have fun with that Jurassic Rhubarb!

  • 4 tbls unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups diced rhubarb
  • 2 tbls sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups AP flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Butter a 9 inch round cake pan.

Melt 4 tbls unsalted butter over low heat. Stir in brown sugar. Pour into cake pan and distribute evenly across bottom of pan.

Place rhubarb in cake pan and sprinkle with 2 tbls of sugar. Set aside.

In a bowl of electric mixer, cream softened butter and 1 cup of sugar on medium speed until pale and light. Add egg yolks, one at a time, scraping sides of bowl after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking powder. Add 1/3 of flour mixture to batter in mixer bowl on slow speed, scraping sides of bowl, and mixing until dry ingredients are incorporated.

Add ½ of the milk.

Continue alternating additions of dry ingredients and milk, ending with the flour mix.

In a separate bowl, whip egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Fold egg whites into batter in three additions until well-incorporated.

Turn batter into baking pan over rhubarb mixture.

Bake in preheated oven at 325° for 25 to 30 minutes or until surface springs to the touch. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes.

Run a table knife around edges and invert onto a cooling rack.

Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream spiked with vanilla or kirsch, as desired.

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