Garden Rhubarb Cake


  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 1/2  cups brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups chopped rhubarb
  • powdered sugar & cinnamon for topping


In a large bowl, cream 1 stick of butter (= 1/2 cup) until soft: you can use an electric mixer. Add 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar, packed, beat in; then add 1 egg and 2 teaspoons of vanilla.

In another bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and a large pinch of nutmeg if desired.

Combine 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with 1 cup of milk. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Gently fold in 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh rhubarb, peeled if stringy. Stir just enough to mix. Pour into 9×13 inch buttered pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cinnamon. The cake may be served with fresh whipped cream. Enjoy!

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This recipe was brought to you by Lisa Kuhn Quinn, innkeeper of Dormouse House Garden, a Bed & Breakfast in Villennes-Sur- Seine (near Paris).

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