One thing we are rarely short of on the Canadian prairies is a good rhubarb plant. If you don’t have one, you probably know someone who does! And if you have a rhubarb plant you have plenty of rhubarb!
We have a small rhubarb patch by local standards. We have three plants. Each plant produces two to three crops a year, depending on the weather. That’s about 6 or 7 gallons of chopped rhubarb. That’s enough rhubarb to last us a year.
What do we do with it? We make sweet things…Rhubarb Custard Pie, Rhubarb Pie, Rhubarb Strawberry Jam, Rhubarb Crisp (to eat with ice-cream), and Rhubarb Cake… You can make many recipes with rhubarb, both sweet and savory. There are entire cookbooks devoted to rhubarb. 🙂
One of our favorite recipes though, is this Rhubarb Cake from the wife of one of my old bosses. I have modified it to make it a bit lighter than the original version. It tastes great on its own or with vanilla ice-cream…your choice. 🙂
If you want you can mix the rhubarb mixture right in with the cake batter, rather than have an upside down cake.
Also, I put a cookie sheet with sides under the tube pan to catch any dripping syrup, should it decide to drip. In fact, if I had to make one change with this cake, it would be to change the tube pan to a 9″ x 13″ pan. I found the tube pan leaks sugar syrup quite easily during baking, leaving a mess to clean up later.
1 c. flour
1 c. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
~ 2 c. milk
2 Tbsp. melted butter
3 c. chopped rhubarb
1 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
Prepare a tube pan by greasing it. Mix the cornstarch and 1 c. sugar together in a bowl. Pour over chopped rhubarb and mix well. Spread evenly in bottom of tube pan.
In mixing bowl combine flour, 1 c. sugar, and baking powder. Crack 1 egg in a 1 cup measuring cup. Break up with a fork. Add milk to make 1 cup. Pour into flour mixture. Repeat with the second egg. Mix the flour mixture and milk mixture till lumpy. Add melted butter and mix till smooth. Pour into the tube pan on top of the rhubarb mixture.
Bake in 350 F oven for 30-45 minutes…until thoroughly cooked.