Rhubarb Cake Recipe – Spring Rhubarb and Ginger

                                                               Happy May Day!

It was fitting that in the cold bitter spring rain, I headed out with a knife in one hand and poking though my 30 rhubarb plants, I took the biggest stalk off 8 of them (worth noting they were all Canada Ruby Reds, being much further along then the German Pie or the “unknown farmstead” or Farmgal’s trial rhubarb #1 though #5)

My Fingers were numb by the time I had gathered fresh mint and Nettles for a tea, rhubarb and Cut a head of Dandelion and a small bunch of green onions, and the wet was working its way past my collar and dripping down my neck despite the hat.

SO! Worth it! 2 cups of Fresh Spring Ontario Rhubarb was coarsely diced up.

Rhubarb Cake Recipe #2

  • Half a cup of Butter or Lard
  • 3/4th cup of sugar
  • 2 duck eggs or 3 large chicken eggs
  • 1 cup of sheep milk or whole milk
  • 2 cups diced rhubarb
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. of Baking Soda
  • 1 tbsp. of dried ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of All spice
  • 1/2 tsp of salt

This is a smaller cake, it made a thinner cake in a 9 by 12 cake pan and would have made a thicker one in a square 8 by 8.. Baked at 350 for 40 min, till knife came out clean.

If you want to put a little buttercream icing on it.. it will be just a bit of extra treat to go with it! I cut it while till warm and I just iced only that piece, the cake itself is not very sweet and with the bits of tart rhubarb with a gentle after taste of the spices.. its just right on its own, but if you want a bit more sweetness.. the icing gets you there 🙂

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5 Responses to Rhubarb Cake Recipe – Spring Rhubarb and Ginger

  1. J & D > Oh my (or is that oh us!?). Life would be mean without Rhubarb. We’ve had a cold spring and we’ve had very little rhubarb so far this year, but now we’re warming up (daytimes are up to 20degC), it’s going to be rhubarb and cream very soon! Rhubarb cake is certainly a novel idea for us. Neither of us have a ‘sweet tooth’, so we’d skip the butter icing. That your nettles are pickable is interesting, when you say that your fingers were numb from picking: despite it being warmer, there’s still very little of nettles to be found – and the same is true for our cultivated mints. Interesting differences!

    • Hubby loves this rhubarb cake plain with bitter orange marmalade as the icing on it.. I like you can’t imagine life without Rhubarb, its without a doubt a huge filler for the canning world and the first “fruit” (I know its a veg really) for the spring season. You guys don’t make rhubarb cake? We use rhubarb in so many ways, I will do a collection post just for you of some of the different ways we use rhubarb in recipes. What is your favorite recipe?

      O the fingers were not numb from the nettles, it was from the cold rain..

      I am bringing in about 12 to 16 cups worth of nettles daily enough to fill the dryer each day, it takes a lot of dried to fill my standard 3 quart jars that I like to make for dried herb and tea for winter, the rest of the time I just go for fresh out of the gardens.

      My mints are coming up but are still quite tiny yet..

    • I put together a post that was inspired by your comment about the rhubarb cake.. hope you will enjoy seeing some of the different ways I have used rhubarb off the farm over the years.

  2. Pingback: 12 Ways to Use Rhubarb with Recipes | Just another Day on the Farm

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