Whenever I think of Rhubarb I am taken back to my childhood, living in a town of 40 people with many rhubarb plants in our yard. Summer meant carrying a bowl of sugar to the garden, breaking off a stalk of rhubarb, brushing off the dirt and sitting down to dunk the stalk in the sugar and eating. Nothing better than right out of the garden.
Now I need to rely on the grocery store but I still think of my youth when I am working with rhubarb. I would make something with rhubarb everyday if I could. When I saw this recipe by ‘Chocolate With Grace’ on Facebook I knew I had to try it and I was not disappointed! The butter cream sauce is my new bowl of sugar for dipping. 🙂
AND this is the easiest cake I have ever made. I was skeptical when the ingredient list did not include eggs but no worries. Here is the recipe. Chop a little extra rhubarb like I did (both for in the cake and to heap on top) because hey, you really cannot have too much rhubarb!
Rhubarb Cake with Butter Sauce
For the cake
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups rhubarb diced (see note below about using frozen rhubarb)
- 2 cups milk
- 6 tablespoons butter melted
For the butter sauce
- 1/2 cup 1 stick butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the diced rhubarb, milk and melted butter. Stir just until combined.
Pour the batter into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and cool
To make the butter sauce, combine the butter sugar and cream in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 1 minute stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
To serve, cut pieces of cake and serve with a generous amount of warm butter sauce. The sauce can be gently reheated on the stove or in the microwave if necessary.
To use frozen rhubarb: thaw the rhubarb first and let any excess liquid drain off. Don’t squeeze any liquid out, just drain what naturally thaws out of the rhubarb.