spring has sprung

rhubarb upside down cake on twothirtyate.com

Spring! It’s here! It’s finally here! And I couldn’t be more happy to see it. For those who live in other parts of the world, you might not realize how miserable and cold this past NY winter has been, but it was a rough one. Cold, grey, so very, very long.

all right there

cut on the bias

Spring isn’t just lovely because the weather gets warmer, though. It brings with it a whole new, wonderful crop of spring fruits, veggies, and roots to spur creativity in the kitchen. And who could resist some gorgeous red rhubarb?


Rhubarb is a little bitter by itself, which is why you often see it paired with seasonally sweet strawberries in recipes. This upside down cake creates a syrupy mixture to combat the rhubarb’s taste and bring out its sweetness. The cake itself is light and airy and makes a perfectly gooey springtime treat.

rhubarb skillet



rhubarb upside-down cake
from saveur
makes 8 servings

printer-friendly version

¾ pound rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 1 ½” pieces
1 ½ cups sugar
4 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus 6 tbsp. cut into ½” cubes and chilled
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup vegetable shortening
⅓ cup milk
2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Heat a 9-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add 1 cup on the sugar, 4 tablespoons butter, the lemon juice, vanilla extract, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir to combine and cook until the rhubarb is tender, 8-10 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Meanwhile, whisk together the remaining sugar, salt, flour and baking soda to remove any lumps. Add the cubed butter and the shortening to the bowl in dollops. Use your hands to combine everything until well-combined and the dough forms pea-size balls. Add the milk and eggs. Stir until a consistent, sticky dough forms. Add the dough to the skillet in dollops and use a spatula to gently spread to cover the rhubarb mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Place a large plate or platter over the skillet and flip to remove the cake. Let cool completely before serving.


About Jessica

New Yorker, coffee addict, cook, blogger, baker of delicious things.
This entry was posted in breakfast, eggs, fruit, meatless monday, vegetarian and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s