March 7, 2014

a cake for the weekend :: rhubarb and orange cake

rhubarb and orange cake :: circle of pine trees

When I passed by our local greengrocers the other morning, I spotted a large box of rhubarb on the table outside. It was, the greengrocer assured me, Yorkshire rhubarb. There is no finer rhubarb, and I couldn’t have left without a sizeable bundle – not only do I have a particular fondness for rhubarb, but I also have a good deal of Yorkshire blood in my veins.

blood orange

Also in my basket were a trio of blood oranges: another timely treat. Returning home, I put aside half of the rhubarb to give to my Dad (a Yorkshireman, and maker of a particularly fine rhubarb compote!) Looking at the pink luminosity of the remaining stems next to the oranges, I recalled a recipe that I have baked over the last couple of years: rhubarb and orange cake.

rhubarb and orange cake :: circle of pine trees

rhubarb and orange cake :: circle of pine trees

Like so many good recipes, this came via a blogging friend. You can find the recipe over on Tess’s blog, Driftwood. My only alteration was to use demerara sugar in place of muscavado in the topping- I love its crunch. The cake itself was moist, almond-rich, deliciously fruity, and at its seasonal best. It has to be one of my favourite rhubarb recipes, along with rhubarb shortbread, which is also particularly irresistible, should you be a fellow rhubarb-fan.


6 thoughts on “a cake for the weekend :: rhubarb and orange cake

  1. Bee (@thelinencloud)

    Oh yum … rhubarb is one of my absolute favourites and combined with oranges … a match made in heaven … rhubarb is also delicious on homemade soda bread … I grew up eating vast quantities of my Granny’s soda or fadge as it was known, smothered in stewed rhubarb … so delicious … enjoy your weekend … Bee xx

  2. Sue

    We have locally (Worcestershire) grown forced rhubarb in our farmshops and it is so pink! I shall buy some next week and make this cake, it looks beautiful.

  3. Christina

    I think our forced rhubarb is just about ready for harvest. I am going to check this recipe out, it looks most delicious. Thanks for reminding me of the rhubarb Laura. Cx

  4. driftwood

    it is always so lovely to see friends using your recipes, it feels a bit like you’ve come round for tea and I’ve made you some, but I am a bit envious because now I really really want a slice……..


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