Saturday, April 20, 2019

Rhubarb Strawberry Tea Cake (Minus the Rhubarb) #TheCakeSliceBakers

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1. Poppy Seed Smetanik
2. Rhubarb Strawberry Tea Cake 
3. Opera Cake 
4. Marbled Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake

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Marbled Chocolate Orange Bundt
Rhubarb Strawberry Tea Cake 
  • Culinary Adventures with Camilla 
Opera Cake

Rhubarb Strawberry Tea Cake (Minus the Rhubarb)
very slightly adapted from The European Cake Cookbook by Tatyana Nesteruk
One of my rhubarb shopping sprees from years past...none to be had, yet, in 2019.

Why is this rhubarbless cake, you ask?! Because it's not quite rhubarb season where I am. Our season is very short - say a month - and when I see it in the markets, I buy it all. People usually respond to me grabbing every last stalk in one of two ways: one, they ask what it is and what I do with it; two, they glare are me until I offer to give them some of my armload. 

In any case, when I decided to make the Rhubarb Strawberry Tea Cake for this event, I went on a rhubarb hunt. To no avail. People even suggested getting frozen rhubarb. I tried. One of the markets I tried had everything from frozen berries to frozen dragonfruit, but not frozen rhubarb.

So, this is just a Strawberry Tea Cake. And it came from the 'Northern Treats' section - buttery pound cakes, tender lemon treats, and fruity delights that go well with tea. I actually served mine with strong Italian coffee, but you get the idea.



  • 2 C diced organic strawberries
  • 2 T corn starch
  • 1 C butter, softened
  • 1 C organic granulated sugar
  • 1 t pure vanilla extract
  • 1 C whole milk sour cream
  • 4 large eggs (I actually used 2 super large duck eggs)
  • 2 C flour
  • 1/2 C almond flour
  • 3 t baking powder (the original calls for 4 t, I reduced it)
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon


  • 1 C diced strawberries
  • 2 T organic granulated sugar
  • 2 T organic dark brown sugar
  • sliced almonds


  • 1-1/2 C diced strawberries
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 t pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 335 degrees F. Line the bottom of a springform pan with parchment paper and set aside.

In a small bowl, toss together the diced strawberries for the cake with the corn starch. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla. Beat until the mixture is lightened and fluffy. Beat in the sour cream and eggs until well-incorporated.

In a separate mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients - flour, almond flour, baking powder,  and ground cinnamon. Sift into the sour cream mixture and fold in with a spatula until just moistened.

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly to the edges with the spatula. Press chunks for strawberries into the top of the batter. Combine the sugars and sprinkle over the top. Scatter sliced almonds over the cake.

Bake in the preheated oven for 80 to 90 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack before removing to a serving platter.

For the jam, combine the strawberries, sugar, and vanilla in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the strawberries begin to break down into a thick puree.

Transfer the jam to a small bowl and let diners serve themselves with a large - or small - helping of cake and jam!

This was a hit with my family! But they definitely want to try it with rhubarb when those come into season here on California's central coast. I can't wait.

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  1. I was going to do the rhubarb, too, but ran into the same problem. None to be found anywhere around here. Your strawberry creation looks great!

  2. I'm in the same situation as you are. Why don't grocery stores carry frozen? I think it may be that rhubarb is not much of a "thing" in California. Your "punt" was perfect. Looks delicious.

  3. Yummy! This sounds amazing and good on you for making the recipe work with what you have.

  4. I was going to make this cake but the same problem finding rhubarb! I did see a few stalks in the grocery store last night, so I might give it a try next week. It looks wonderful.