Monday, May 04, 2009

rhubarb time

I can't believe how the days are flying by ~ it's so wonderful to get outdoors again, and there is much to do! Everything is coming to life here - including the weeds :)
The weekend was spent weeding flower beds, trimming rose bushes, going to the feed store, driving an hour and loading up used brick {found on Craigslist}for a small patio area, biking, making homemade pizza, church, and cutting rhubarb...

Every spring the rhubarb seems to take me by surprise - I never quite expect it to be ready this soon. Yesterday I cut 4 pounds and used some for 'Dorothy's Rhubarb Cake'. Dorothy and her husband were neighbors of ours at one time--neighbors of the best sort. They were always bringing over something wonderful from their garden, from the most delicious raspberries to chrysanthemums from their flower beds. One day they brought us some rhubarb along with a cake recipe ~ it's simple, moist, and delicious. In case you would like to try it::
Dorothy's Rhubarb Cake
1 cup sugar {I use a bit less}
1/2 cup shortening {I use butter}
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1/3 cup milk
2 cups rhubarb cut in small pieces
Cream sugar & shortening/butter til fluffy. Add eggs, mixing well. Combine flour, soda, & spices and add to butter mixture. Add milk and rhubarb pieces. Spread batter into lightly buttered 9x13 inch cake pan. Top with mixture of 1/2 cup sugar + 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon + 1 cup crushed walnuts.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35 minutes.
Delicious served with some whipped cream!

{This time I made mine in a Bundt pan -bake about 40 minutes- and so my topping ended up on the bottom after turning the cake out--it was most delicious all the same!}


  1. That sounds awesome. I need t o plant some rhubarb, I don't often find it in the store and when I do it's ridiculously expensive.

    I remember my grandmother had a flowerbed that was absolutely overrun with it in the spring.

  2. It looks quite yummy :)


    Lady M

  3. I just planted some rhubarb for the first time. Hopefully I'll be picking some of my own at this time next year!

  4. I stew rhubarb using a recipe from Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, and spoon plain yogurt over it, with granola for breakfast. Bliss! And I look forward to trying your recipe!

  5. This rhubarb cake looks delicious, I have never had this. thank you for sharing.

  6. Thanks All!
    Karen - I will have to try stewed rhubarb--I love yogurt, granola, & fruit for breakfast!


  7. Deb...It's mostly the weeds that have come to life here! As usual, our harsh Michigan winter has taken it's toll on some of the perennials...and what the bitter temps don't do in, the bunnies have a go at it! Nonetheless...I am not complaining. It is good to be outside w/o a jacket, mittens, scarves and boots!!!

  8. I'm going to making this for Mother's Day!
    Your recipe couldn't have come at a better time. I was at a loss for a dessert. And I'm sitting here looking at my rhubarb.

  9. This looks wonderful.

    I just planted six rhubarb plants even thought the books say three is enough for a family. Not ours...

    I can't wait until next Spring when I can pick a little of it.

  10. I JUST baked a rhubarb cake too, using similar ingredients - I will be posting the recipe soon too :)
    Isn't it exciting to pull out fav recipes and using those special ingredients, such as fresh strawberries, rhubarb, etc, when they're finally in season! :) I was definitely waiting for the rhubarb, and finally here it is! I had the cake with ice-cream today, it was so good. :)

  11. I have heard suck=h good things about rhubarb lately--I am going to have to plant some as soon as we get a house and can garden again!

  12. Yum - I will have to try that recipe. I will be getting rhubarb when I visit my Mom this weekend, as mine is still too small!

  13. How very delicious that dark rhubarb cake looks with the generous helping of whiped cream topping it off! Everything you do comes out so beautifully!
    ~Emily xx

  14. Deb, what beautiful pictures! The cake looks awesome too. I am going to try that soon! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  15. Can you please help me with my rhubarb. I planted some last year and am new to rhubarb gardening. I've read that some never turn red, and it is possible I have the green variety. How do you know when it is ready to be picked? I have it on this post here:
    This photo was taken a few weeks ago and I've since cut back the flowers, but it has yet to turn pink/red. Thanks for any advice you can give me.

  16. I love rhubarb, we had the most delicious crumble the other day!

  17. Lovely! We just had rhubarb tonight - wrong end of the season for us but it was yummy nonetheless - I made a crumble but am looking forward to trying your cake - anything with rhubarb is on my favourite's list!

  18. every year I neglect my rhubarb (very un-frugal, i know) but this cakes does sound i will give it a try!

  19. We all love rhubarb in my house and this is another one of your recipe's that I am writing out to make :-) Thanks Deb- it looks delicious!

  20. You had a busy weekend like I did as well. My husband loves rhubarb pie. Never tried a cake - thanks! Sounds yummy.

    Hope you're having a blessed week,

  21. This looks fantastic! Better head out to the rhubarb patch! Thanks for sharing...

  22. Looks like a yummy start to spring. Clarice

  23. Yummy! thanks for sharing the recipe.

    I just love this time of the year in the garden, everyday there is a new surprise waiting for you.

  24. The cake looks delicious. I have never bought, or cooked, rhubarb before. I have eaten rhubarb pie (not baked by me). I think it's time I expanded my experiences and got some rhubarb! ;-)

  25. Oh my!
    I do love me some rhubarb!
    I will have to try this recipe.

  26. My rhubarb is just starting to poke its head up. I can hardly wait for cakes, pies and loaves. Yours looks scrumptious.

    God bless.

  27. Mmmmmmm, I LOVE rhubarb! Thanks for sharing.

  28. mmmmm I usually go for the old standby Rhubarb and Cherry Pie or Rhubarb Crisp. This is a new one I'll have to try. Can you grow it in a pot I wonder (I have four legged critters).

  29. Oh how I love rhubarb but it's not always found in our local supermarkets. When I do get a hold of some, I will definitely try this cake, after I make my favorite--- rhubarb custard pie!


  30. My rhubarb is just barely peeking out so I'll have to wait for some warmer days before I can harvest any. Dorthy Cake looks good and familiar to a rhubarb cake that my friend Denise gave me.

    Happy Springtime.

  31. Mmm. Can't wait to make one. Sounds delicious - thank you for sharing your recipe.

  32. Oooh...I have rhubarb out in the garden...I think I'll try this, thank you!


  33. Beautiful violets! We bought a house in the country last year, and I was delighted to find the property covered in them! I love that they're so tough but have such tiny flowers--perfect for a house with kids, dogs, chickens and goats :)

    Thanks for the recipe--I haven't tried rhubarb in a long time, and it sounds yummy!

  34. It looks delicious. I need to plant some.

  35. I just picked some fresh rhubarb at my Mom's garden this morning - I'll have to try this recipe! Sounds scrumpcious!

  36. Comment #2:
    I made your rhubarb cake! My husband ate it before I could serve it on Mother's Day. Now I am going to make another one to serve my guests.

  37. Thanks for your recipe. My rhubarb is coming up and soon have them in my plate too.

    THanks for sharing!

  38. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I made it this week-end and my family loved it.

    Hugs from Sol in Norway

  39. Anonymous5:12 PM

    It always feels so warmly like "home" to me here Deb. Your posts brighten my days. Thank you.


  40. Deb - thank you for this timely post on rhubarb! I recently picked a bunch from my Mom's garden and got 11 cups from it.
    I had to make this cake when I saw your post - it turned out wonderfully (I linked your blog on my post tonight with a photo of my cake).
    Thanks for sharing!


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