Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Rhubarb, Rose, and Almond Cake #TheCakeSliceBakers


Here we are the May edition of the Cake Slice Bakers. For 2020, we'll be baking from The New Way to Cake: Simple Recipes with Exceptional Flavor by Benjamina Ebuehi.*

In this group, we are given a selection of three cake recipes. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!


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The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book. Our choices for May 2020 were...

Chamomile Cake with Honey Crème Fraîche

Rhubarb, Rose & Almond Cake

Hibiscus Buttermilk Cake
Rhubarb, Rose, and Almond Cake 
very slightly adapted from Ebuehi's book

I made this back in March when we were just beginning to be sheltered-in-place to flatten the curve of the coronavirus spread. Funny thing: Felice had posted the options for April and May's cakes and I jumped on this one immediately, not realizing that it was for May. So, I did this cake before I did April's cake, Jasmine Green Tea Cake.

I made a few minor changes. As I mentioned, we were sheltered-in-place and discouraged from leaving the house except for the bare necessities. Since I didn't have yogurt in the fridge, I used the buttermilk that I had. Also, it seemed a little bit plain to me, so I whipped up a rhubarb compote for the top. Delicious!

Ingredients makes one cake

Cake
  • 3/4 C butter
  • 3/4 C organic granulated sugar (I reduced this from 1 C)
  • 1/4 t rosewater (omit completely if you are not a fan of rosewater!)
  • zest from 1 organic lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 C flour
  • 3/4 C ground almonds
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 C buttermilk (the original has yogurt, but we were out)
  • 1/2 pound rhubarb
  • 1 to 2 T raw organic sugar
  • organic powdered sugar for serving


Compote
  • 1/2 pound rhubarb, trimmed and diced
  • 3 T organic granulated sugar
  • 2 T water
  • juice from 1 organic lemon, approximately 2 T


Procedure
Compote
Place all of the ingredients together in large skillet. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until rhubarb is mashable. Mash with a fork until desired consistency. Set aside.


Cake
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease the bottom of pan; I used a tart pan with a removable base.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, and rosewater until lightened and fluffy, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Add in the lemon zest and, then, the eggs one at a time.

Fold in the flour, ground almonds, baking powder, and baking soda until just moistened. Whisk in the buttermilk and transfer batter to prepared pan. Smooth the top and set aside.

Slice the rhubarb into strips and arrange them in a pattern on the top. The original recipe had them radiating from the center like a flower; I opted to weave them into a lattice. Sprinkle with raw sugar and place in the preheated oven.

Bake for 55 to 60 minutes until the cake is golden brown and the top is firm to the touch.


Let cool for 10 minutes before unmolding. Then let cool completely.


To serve dust liberally with powdered sugar.


Then slice...


and serve on individual serving plates.


Let diners top with compote as they desire.


That's a wrap for May's #TheCakeSliceBakers. Stay tuned for next month's sweet treats.

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7 comments:

  1. It turned out lovely Cam, great idea adding the compote.

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  2. A rhubarb compote topping sounds like just the right touch!!

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  3. I love the lattice look on the cake and the compote sends it over the top. This one I want to try. I haven't had rhubarb since I was in elementary school.

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  4. Love how the lattice kind of sinks into the cake!

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  5. I agree with everyone that the lattice makes your cake! I haven't really baked very much with rhubarb, but I am certainly inspired to do so now.

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  6. It looks delicious! I really like the idea of adding a compote.

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