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Rhubarb Upside Down Cake


Rhubarb Upside Down Cake


I love rhubarb and every spring look for new ways to use it.  Rhubarb pies, tarts and crisps are a standard part of my repertoire.  I use simple rhubarb sauce in many ways.  I’m more often seeing rhubarb appear on restaurant menus as a foil for savory or rich dishes, often paired with braised meats, for instance.  Still, when you have a lot of it, it seems best to incorporate into a dessert of some sort.  When the New York Times ran a recipe for Rhubarb Upside Down Cake it immediately became one of my “to try” recipes.

I made the cake this weekend and while it was good, it was not as good as I hoped.  I’ve tried to put my finger on exactly what wasn’t quite right and it seems to boil down to personal preference.  The rhubarb doesn’t take enough of a lead role in this dessert.  It’s more of a contrast to the cake instead of the primary taste.  So there’s nothing wrong with this recipe but I probably wouldn’t make it again. I still prefer my old standard, Grace’s Rhubarb Cake.




If you make this recipe I have two small notes for you.  I baked the cake for ten minutes longer than the recipe specifies and the center of the cake was still a little soggy.  It might need another five minutes, although the outer portions of the cake might be a little too dry then.  Also, this recipe can easily feed 10-12, not 8 as specified.

  1. 13-Jun-2011 10:21 am

    you are so coming to the next rhubarb fest.

  2. 13-Jun-2011 10:33 am

    Oh…. I’d be deelighted to!

  3. Lane permalink
    24-Jun-2011 8:13 am

    Oh, if only I could get my family to eat rhubarb! This looks sooo tasty!

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