Sin-A-Mon Tales

A chronicle of my kitchen experiments, a little healthy a little indulgent

Whole Wheat Spiced Rhubarb Cake


Some days ago suddenly, out of the blue I found “Rhubarb” at the Godrej Nature’s Basket, after rubbing my eyes twice to confirm its rhubarb,  and then rubbing it once again when I asked the price to find its just about Rs 200/kg, I picked up how much ever rhubarb they had. It was close to about a kg and I had already started dreaming of what all I will make of it, unfortunately or fortunately I had promised another friend half of it and all I was left was some 400gms. I had so many things in mind, a pie, a sauce, a tart but all required a little more of rhubarb and then I thought let me do a good old spiced cake with it. Comfort food with a punch of rhubarb and I am so glad I did because I could taste the rhubarb so well. It wasn’t as sweet and juicy as I expected it to be but finding it right here in desh, I was happy with whatever I got 🙂


Recipe – Spiced Rhubarb Cake 

Adapted from BBC Good Food

  • 140 gm butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 150 gm all purpose flour
  • 150 gm whole wheat flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp all spice (freshly ground if possible)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 100g honey
  • 100 ml buttermilk (I used the spiced chaaas, worked beautifully since it’s a spiced cake)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 300g rhubarb, cut into short lengths
  • icing sugar, for dusting


 How I made it 

  • Heat oven to 180C
  • Sift the flour and spices into a bowl. B
  • Beat together the butter and sugar until light and honey and fluffy
  • Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in 200ml boiling water, gradually add to the sugar and butter mixture.
  • Add in the flour slowly, then add the eggs, mixing briefly and in the end add the buttermilk
  • Fold in the 3/4 of the rhubarb
  • Pour in a greased and lined tray (I used silicone) and spread the rest of the rhubarb on top.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes till a skewer comes out clean
  • Dust with icing sugar

And if you don’t have Rhubarb worry not, I think this cake will work with most firm fruits  DSC_0753

3 comments on “Whole Wheat Spiced Rhubarb Cake

  1. chatkhor
    July 22, 2013

    Love that pic with the rhubarb on the cutting board.. Nd the cake was so soft.. Aah.. Perfectly spiced!

  2. Riddhi
    July 23, 2013

    I’m yet to bake with rhubarb.. Hope to lay my hands on some ASAP!
    Lovely cake & gorgeous photos! 🙂

  3. Madhu Varma
    July 23, 2013

    always wanted to ask you – is APF same as Maida?

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