Rhubarb Lunar Cake
photo by Alia55
- Ready In:
- 1hr 10mins
- 1⁄2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 cups rhubarb, cut in 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1⁄4 cup butter or 1/4 cup margarine
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- Batter: Cream together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.
- Add egg and vanilla.
- Sift together dry ingredients and add to butter and sugar mixture 1/3 at a time, along with buttermilk.
- Toss rhubarb with 1 tbsp flour and fold into batter.
- Spoon batter into a greased 9 x 13 inch cake pan and smooth the surface.
- Topping: Blend together topping ingredients and sprinkle evenly over batter.
- Bake at 350F for 45 minutes or until cake has risen, browned and comes away from the edges, and skewer (or toothpick) inserted in the centre comes out clean.
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My mother had this same recipe Magazine and used to make this cake when I was younger. It is my alltime favorite cake as I'm not a huge fan of overly sweet cakes. The topping is just sweet enough to mellow out the tartness of the rhubarb, while the rhubarb tones down the sweetness. I've been looking to find the recipe for this cake for years and was absolutely thrilled to find it here!!
I really liked this recipe, mainly because the cake was very moist and the flavor was wonderful - kind of custardy, actually. If I made it again, I'd probably tone down the cinnamon a little bit; it overwhelmed the flavor of the rhubarb (if I hadn't put it in myself, I might not have been able to taste it!) Of course, if you really love cinnamon, that's not a problem :)
This recipe came along at the perfect time, since I had both rhubarb and buttermilk to use up. The only thing that I did differently was add about a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to the cake batter because I thought the extra spice would be pleasant with the rhubarb. It had a nice coffeecake-type texture once baked, and tasted equally good warm and cold. I was sort of expecting the cake to be a bit sweeter than it was (judging by the topping ingredients), but it had a nice tartness to it. This would be a nice addition to a brunch menu, I think.
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