Thursday, June 9, 2011

Rhubarb Cake with Warm Butter Sauce

Having lived in four different states in the past fifteen years, I have found that many, many people have never heard of rhubarb, much less eaten it.  This has amazed me as just about everyone I knew as a child grew rhubarb in their own backyard.  Never mind that the wide dark leaves are toxic, the stalks are edible, sharp and tangy, and when cooked, soften like berries.  While technically a vegetable, rhubarb is used as a fruit in pies, bars, jams and cakes.

This recipe represents the essence of summer to me.  It brings back memories of 4th of July nights when we had guests and Mom always made this cake.  I must admit that without the sauce, the cake is just a cake, but when bathed in warm, glossy butter cream goodness, it becomes elevated to spectacular status.  (Hint, consider doubling the sauce!)

Rhubarb stalks, trimmed

Rhubarb, chopped

The cake batter is very thick

INGREDIENTS (for the cake)
1 egg
1 cup white sugar
1 cup regular sour cream
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
4 stalks rhubarb, chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar

1.  Preheat oven to 350.
2.  In a large bowl, beat the egg.
3.  Add white sugar, sour cream and vanilla.  Whisk until smooth.
4.  Add flour, salt, and soda.  Stir until incorporated then STOP!  Do not over mix.
5.  Add rhubarb.  Again, stir until well coated but do not over mix batter.
6.  Pour into lightly greased 7x11 Pyrex cake pan.
7.  Sprinkle brown sugar over top.
8.  Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

INGREDIENTS (for sauce)
1 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp. flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 scant Tbsp. white vinegar

1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, mix sugar and flour.
2.  Add butter and cream.  Stir until melted and bubbling.
3.  Add vanilla and stir while bubbling.
4.  Remove from heat and add a bit less than one Tbsp. white vinegar. Stir.
5.  Serve warm over slightly cooled cake.

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  1. Greetings From Southern California

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  2. That looks really good. Thanks for the recipe. I've heard of rhubarb and have seen it at the grocery store, but never bought it or cooked with it. I would have never thought to use it in a dessert. I may have to try this one. Thanks for linking up to NOBH!

  3. This looks great! Rhubarb is something that I haven't had in a very long while.

  4. This looks delicious!

    I grew up in Indiana and now live in Texas and am constantly meeting people that don't have a clue about rhubarb, which is very sad.

    My favorite pie is strawberry rhubarb pie and recently made rhubarb muffins that were delicious. I'll have to try your cake!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Visiting from Amanda's Weekend Bloggy Link Up Party!

  5. oh my word that looks wonderful. have you ever tried subbing yogurt for the sour cream? (visiting from sweet tooth Friday)

  6. WOW This looks fab! Thanks so much for linking up to NOBH!

  7. love rhubarb this sounds awesome yummy thanks for sharing come see what I shared at

  8. Hi Misty,
    Your Rhubarb Cake looks delicious. The sauce really puts it over the top. I really wanted to follow your blog but our followers are gone today so I will come back and take care of that. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday, have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. Hi Misty,
    The followers have returned now so I came back really quick to follow you before they go away again. Hope you are having a great day and we will look forward to seeing again!

  10. Visiting from Recipes to Run On. This looks so good.

  11. I am drooling on my keyboard a little bit. ;) This looks so tasty. I haven't ever used rhubarb in a recipe...I guess it's time to try!

    Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party, and for linking back (I appreciate that!). Stop by Serenity Now again soon! :)

  12. Misty,

    This looks DEE-LISH! My father-in-law is a big rhubarb fan and I'm always looking for yummy recipes to surprise him with. This one is on my list! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Misty, what an amazing cake! The butter sauce takes it over the top! So incredible that I chose to feature it this weekend on Fresh Food Friday. I am so glad that you're pleased too! I hope you stop by again with your creative recipes! Have a yummy weekend!


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