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Rhubarb Bundt Cake with Ginger Glaze

Rhubarb and Ginger Cake

It was a friend’s birthday a couple of weeks ago and we had been invited over for lunch. This was to be followed by a walk from Respryn Bridge at Lanhydrock to Duchy Nurseries  so we could indulge in a cream tea. But first a cake was in order.

As it was a beautifully warm spring day, a light seasonal cake seemed appropriate. I had the first of my mother’s rhubarb raring to go and the last of my Spanish oranges. Rhubarb pairs particularly well with both orange and ginger I’ve found. In my pre Chocolate Log blog days, I used to make a rather gorgeous rhubarb and ginger cake, but it’s quite heavy on the flavouring and more of a cold day bake. Rather than use lots of ginger in the sponge, I thought a gingery glaze would do the trick instead.

I used the rest of the rhubarb to make these rhubarb and rose waffles, which were a real winner.

Yellow Magnolia

Magnolias were out everywhere in the Fowey Valley, but this yellow specimen was particularly magnificent. #CapturingCornwall

The birthday boy was delighted with his cake and we all had a slice after a hearty bowl of soup for lunch. It turned out just as I hoped and was lightly fruity without being stodgy. Bursts of tart rhubarb exploded on the tongue and the touch of hot spiciness from the ginger glaze made a welcome contrast. It set us up very nicely for our afternoon walk where spring flowers abounded. Magnolias are always splendid at this time of year in Cornwall but yellow ones are a little more unusual. We refuelled at the Duchy Nursery cafe where it was warm enough to sit outside and enjoy the picturesque views of Restormel Castle and the Fowey valley below. My kind of day.

Love CakeThis may not be a particularly brightly coloured cake, but it is flecked with pink from the rhubarb and has a gingery coloured icing, so I am sending it to Love Cake over at JibberJabber UK, where the theme this month is Colour Me Pretty.

 

Rhubarb Bundt Cake with Ginger Glaze
Serves 16
A deliciously moist cake with a good crumb structure which cuts well. Flavoured with tart rhubarb and orange and drizzled with a hot ginger glaze.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 180g unsalted butter
  2. 200g golden caster sugar (I used cardamom sugar as the flavour works well with fruit)
  3. 175g flour (I used half wholemeal, half white)
  4. 75g ground almonds
  5. scant 2 tsp baking powder
  6. 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  7. 3 large eggs
  8. 1 organic orange ā€“ zest & juice
  9. 1 tbsp natural yoghurt
  10. 2 sticks rhubarb (200g) - chopped fairly small
  11. 50g icing sugar
  12. 1 tsp ground ginger
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Grate in the orange zest and beat some more.
  3. Beat in eggs, one at a time, alternating with a spoonful of the flour if necessary.
  4. Sift in the flour, almonds, baking powder and bicarb. Stir until just combined.
  5. Gently mix in the yoghurt and orange juice until just combined, then stir in the rhubarb.
  6. Spoon the batter into an oiled silicone bundt mould or tin. Bake at 180Ā°C for about 40 minutes or until the cake is well risen and an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Mix the icing sugar and ginger with just enough water to make a slightly runny icing. Drizzle over the cooled cake.
Notes
  1. The cake cuts into 8 large slices or 16 moderate ones.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
Other rhubarb cake recipes you might like:

Rhubarb and rose polenta cake

Rhubarb and custard cake

Rhubarb fairy cakes with edible flowers

Rhubarb and saffron yogurt cake

Rhubarb and rose honey cakes

Rhubarb vanilla buttermilk cake

Matcha chocolate and rhubarb marble cake

Rhubarb and vanilla tea cake

Rhubarb and orange chocolate cake

Rhubarb mango and white chocolate cake

Rhubarb and white chocolate muffins

Rhubarb custard sandwich cake

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    Alida
    5th May 2015

    This is wonderful Choclette. I am not that familiar with rhubarb but I love its taste. Very nice with yogurt and almonds too!

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      Choclette
      5th May 2015

      No Alida, rhubarb is not something I associate with Italy. You are right though, it is delicious with yoghurt and almonds. You should try it out in a cake.

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    Elizabeth
    5th May 2015

    What a beautiful bake! I could quite happily tuck into this any time of the day! Love the ginger glaze idea too – pinned to try later!

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    Dom
    5th May 2015

    how gorgeous… I love the icing wedged into the grooves… beautiful!

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    Katie
    5th May 2015

    Thats a beautiful first photo, and a beautifully delicious looking cake. I really don’t use rhubarb enough

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      Choclette
      5th May 2015

      Thanks Katie. I only had my phone on my, so that was an Instagram photo šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      5th May 2015

      I know what you mean Laura. Luckily it’s the season for it – hooray.

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      Choclette
      6th May 2015

      Don’t let the year go by without this changing Bintu, especially a rhubarb cake which is one of the very best.

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    Vanesther - Bangers & Mash
    6th May 2015

    I adore rhubarb in cakes and this looks a real stunner. Love the flavour combination with orange and ginger too – just perfect for a lovely spring day.

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      Choclette
      8th May 2015

      Thanks Vanesther. Strangely I wasn’t at all keen on rhubarb as a child, love it now. Of course it might have been a bit different if I’d had it in cake form.

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    Alison
    6th May 2015

    What a pretty cake. I love the idea of rhubarb in a cake, gorgeous

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    7th May 2015

    What a gorgeously textured looking bundt! And the flavour combination sounds delicious. I love rhubarb with ginger and orange is definitely one of my favourites right now. I can see why this went down so well.
    The magnolias are perfect right now aren’t they?!

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      Choclette
      8th May 2015

      Thanks Kate. I used to be a bit sniffy about rhubarb when I was young – can’t understand why now. The magnolias are all going over here now, but roses are starting to emerge, so it’s not all bad šŸ˜‰

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    Corina
    20th May 2015

    I love the idea of this cake with the rhubarb in and the ginger glaze. Rhubarb is one of my favourite flavours it’s just such a shame it’s only around for a short time.

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      Choclette
      25th May 2015

      Thanks Corina, I used to dislike rhubarb as a child. Now I can’t understand why.

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    Ness
    28th May 2015

    What a lovely combination with the seasonal rhubarb, ginger and orange. I love Bundt cakes and this is so different to usual recipes.

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      Choclette
      29th May 2015

      Thanks Ness. I think next time I would put more rhubarb in, but other than that, it was a really good cake.

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    Jean
    16th June 2015

    This looks gorgeous and sounds delicious. Rhubarb, orange and ginger together, heaven!
    Thanks for the recipe, I shall try this one!

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      Choclette
      16th June 2015

      Good to hear from you Jean. This cake was a really good one, but I think it could have done with a bit more rhubarb. You might want to bear that in mind if you do make it – depends how much you like rhubarb I guess.

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