January 29, 2018

Rhubarb & Blood Orange Upside Down Cake | Celia's Saucer


Want to brighten up your winter? Make this cake. 

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                                                                                             INGREDIENTS                                                                                              
TOPPING

450g rhubarb, trimmed
150g granulated sugar
Finely grated zest from half a blood orange
55g butter
Pinch of salt

CAKE
85 grams butter, softened
125g light or dark brown sugar
50 grams granulated sugar (although I forgot to put this in)
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
120 ml buttermilk (I made this by adding 1/2 blood orange juice to whole milk)
195g plain flour


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METHOD 

Heat oven: To 180°C.
Make topping: In a 10-inch ovenproof skillet, trim your rhubarb to lengths that will fit across the bottom in one direction, i.e. some short and some taller. Remove rhubarb and cut each stalk lengthwise into thin (about 1/4-inch thick) ribbons. If your rhubarb is already quite thin, you might just want to halve each piece lengthwise.

Sprinkle sugar into skillet and add lemon zest; use your fingers to mix the zest into the sugar; the grit of the sugar will help release the most flavor from it. Add butter and salt and heat skillet over medium until butter has melted, stirring frequently. Add rhubarb and cook, turning gently, for 3 to 4 minutes, until it has softened slightly and released some of its liquid. Remove from heat and set skillet aside.

Make cake: In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined, then vanilla. Sprinkle mixture with baking powder, salt, and all the spices and beat well to thoroughly mix them in. Add buttermilk; mixture will have a curdly texture but don’t worry, it’s all going to even out. Scrape down bowl and add flour; beat only until it disappears.

Check your rhubarb base to make sure all the pieces are in the order you’d like them to be; nudge around any that are not, then dollop cake batter over rhubarb mixture in small spoonfuls and smooth top as best as you can. 

Bake cake: For about 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted deep into the cake (but not the topping underneath) comes out batter-free. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edges to loosen. Place a larger plate upside down over the skillet and use two covered hands to flip cake out onto it. If any rhubarb is stuck in the pan or slides down the side, just return it to the top of the cake cake.

Serve: Warm or at room temperature. Makes a really rather beautiful breakfast.

*Inspired by Smitten Kitchen



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