A few weeks ago I went to my friends house to celebrate their sons engagement. It was a weird thing to celebrate since I can clearly remember holding D.J. the week that he was born. I fell in love with him on the spot and snuggled him every time I had the chance. I’m still in love with him but he’s not too keen on me pinching his cheeks and cooing over him anymore. It makes me realize how old I am getting and oh, how quickly. Anyway, at the engagement party, I found myself falling in love with something else. It was a Rhubarb Cake baked by D.J.’s future mother-in-law, Tina Holmes.
I stayed up late last night and made it to take to a playdate with friends today and I have eaten a ridiculous amount of it throughout the day. The rhubarb was grown in my friend Erin’s garden and it is the perfect sweet and tangy ingredient in a cake. I’d like to play with the topping and maybe add some toasted nuts to the recipe but, even as-is, this cake is sublime.
***Adding a note after a comment from Tina: If you have more rhubarb, feel free to throw it in. Tina used 3 cups of rhubarb in the cake that I tasted and it was delightful.
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup softened butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1.5 cups chopped rhubarb
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp softened butter
- Generously grease a 9 X 13 cake pan, or two 13 X 4.5 loaf pans, and line with parchment paper, then grease again.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream together sugars and butter until light and fluffy.
- Mix in egg, vanilla and milk.
- In a separate bowl, mix together flour and baking soda.
- Add rhubarb to flour mixture and stir.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
- Spoon batter into pan and gently spread to edges.
- Mix sugar and cinnamon together.
- Add in butter and crumble with fingers over the top of the cake.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until top of cake is just lightly browned and toothpick inserted comes out almost clean.
- Do not over bake.