Sunday, April 23, 2017

Pink Stalks Promise Sweet Flavor

When we were taste-testing this cake, I had to hide it from Nick because after his second helping he confessed he would have consumed the entire cake in one sitting! It is extraordinarily moist and if I hadn’t been the person assembling the ingredients, I would never guess that tart-tasting rhubarb (a description for which it is commonly known) was one of the primary ingredients.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups (about ½ pound) rhubarb, finely diced
½ cup walnuts, chopped
¼ cup brown sugar, packed
1½ teaspoons cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. 
  2. Lightly oil a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. 
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. 
  4. In a large bowl, beat butter with white and brown sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until slightly fluffy. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk, beat until well combined. Fold in rhubarb. Transfer cake batter to baking pan, spreading evenly.
  5. In a small bowl, toss walnuts, brown sugar and cinnamon. Distribute topping evenly over cake.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
About 15 servings