Saturday, 6 June 2015

Rhubarb and Almond Cake

Please forgive me for being so remiss, over the last couple of weeks what with work, WI centenary  celebrations, the garden and many many other things I haven't posted any recipes to the blog.

Naughty naughty me, instead of baking and cooking I have been needle felting, bead netting and more gardening and this has somewhat distracted me from the job in hand. Whilst gardening I noticed that our rhubarb bed was again producing huge crops of rhubarb, we have a couple of varieties hence the slightly greener rhubarb in the picture.

This cake is light and deliciously almondy and has the benefit of being gluten free, you need to be a patient baker as it does take quite a while to bake particularly if you rhubarb is quite sappy but the results are well worth it. Its amazing served with creme fraiche or yogurt but lovely on its own too.

What you need
  • 150g butter - softened
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs - free range
  • 200g ground almonds
  • Couple of drops panettone essence (I use Bakery Bits)
  • Couple of  drops of Almond essence
  • 100g gluten free plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 sticks rhubarb, chopped into 2cm lengths
  • 2 tbsp flaked almonds
180c oven - pre heated
22 cm spring form cake pan - oil sprayed and base lined

What you do

  • Cream the butter, sugar and essences until pale and fluffy, I used my trusty Kitchenaid mixer. Whisk in the eggs and add the flour/almonds a little at a time with the eggs if it looks in danger of curdling.
  • Add the rest of the flour/almonds to the bowl and mix until well incorporated.
  • Spoon approximately half the cake mixture into your prepared cake and spread to the edges, arrange roughly half of the chopped rhubarb on to the mixture, staying away from the edge of the tin. Sprinkle over a little caster sugar (1 tbsp)
  • Top with the remaining cake mixture and spread to cover the rhubarb, now arrange the rest of the chopped rhubarb on the top in attractive pattern, again keeping away from the edge (this to prevent sticking to the tin), sprinkle with flaked almonds and another 1 tbsp of caster sugar.
  • Bake for 6o minutes until golden and well risen, now cover with baking paper and bake for another 15-30 minutes (may be even a little longer as this depends on the moisture level in your rhubarb) until cooked in the middle.
  • Cool initially in the tin and then transfer to a wire rack, the cake is quite delicate so be prudent and ensure very loose before removing from tin.

I'm linking up to Bake of the Week at Casa Costello, a linky for all things baked !

                                                   Casa Costello


Mandy Mazliah said...

I'm loving all the different rhubarb recipes around at the moment, but this is the first rhubarb and almond cake I've seen. Definitely one to try. #bakeoftheweek

Casa Costello said...

Mmmm I can imagine that the flavours of rhubarb and almond are like heaven together. Love your pic. Thanks again for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek x

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