Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Rhubarb Upside Down Brown Sugar Cake

Rhubarb season is so short where we live (upstate New York).  So when the Tuesday with Dorie bakers decided to bake with rhubarb this week, I was a little concerned.  I sent my husband off to Wegmans in search of rhubarb and none was to be had.  But somehow in conversation with friends the search for rhubarb came up and my friend Carol advised me that her former neighbor had tons of it in her backyard and wouldn't mind at all if we took some.  So we went knocking on said neighbor's door and I left not only with rhubarb, but also several heirloom tomato plants!

This cake was easy to bake.  The interesting part was preparing the rhubarb.  It is peeled, then cut up, then allowed to sit for half an hour combined with a half a cup of sugar.  The rhubarb gave up quite a bit of juice which Dorie recommends using as a syrup in various drinks.  I used it to flavor some water and it was delightful!

The rhubarb is caramelized and then distributed in a 9" round pan.  Then the very easy-to-make batter is poured over.

I don't think mine was a particularly beautiful and the rhubarb makes it quite tangy.  Dorie recommends serving it with ice cream or strawberries.  I served mine with strawberry ice cream and it was wonderful!


  1. How lucky you are to get fresh rhubarb. Your cake looks so delicious,
    especially with the ice cream.

  2. Strawberry ice cream sounds like the perfect accompaniment for it.

  3. Yum-how wonderful to find someone with a rhubarb batch. This would be great with strawberry ice cream.

  4. I love how generous gardeners are! Rhubarb from someone's garden is always the best. Great idea to serve it with strawberry ice cream.