Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

My Dad’s favorite rhubarb recipe – I used to make this one for him. There were no arguments – everyone liked this one. We would serve it with whipped cream.

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake
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When you flip the cake over after baking, the rhubarb is on top.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 8" square cake
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 4 cups rhubarb, cut in 1½ inch pieces
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¾ cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place ¼ cup butter in a 9 inch round or 8 inch square baking pan and put in the oven until the butter is melted.
  2. Remove from the oven and stir in the brown sugar and 1 tablespoon orange juice.
  3. Arrange rhubarb in rows in the sauce. Make 2 layers of rhubarb.
  4. In a medium bowl or food processor mix the flour, baking powder, salt and white sugar. Cut in ⅓ cup butter until the size of small peas.
  5. Mix egg, ¼ cup orange juice and milk together. Add to the dry ingredients and mix or process until just combined.
  6. Spread batter over the rhubarb. Push it out to touch all sides of the pan and completely cover the rhubarb.
  7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Test the centre of the cake with a cake tester or toothpick to ensure that it is cooked through.
  8. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then invert the pan over a serving plate and carefully turn it out. Serve warm.


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