Alberta Rhubarb Cake with a Rhubarb Compote

Alberta Rhubarb Cake with a Rhubarb Compote

Rhubarb is one of those plants that come back in your garden every year with little or no maintenance. These are the kind of plants that I love! Low maintenance … dependable… and delicious!

Growing up, my mom always had a huge rhubarb plant in her garden and we would be eating it one way or another all summer! We would have jars of rhubarb sauce in the fridge that we could pour on our ice cream, pancakes or cakes at a moments notice. Or we would bring bags of it to my memere’s house and come back with fresh baked pies!

Everything my mom or memere made from this amazing plant was fantastic but there is one thing that I will always remember having – Alberta Rhubarb Cake. It always reminds me of spring and most of all, reminds me of home.

My mom got this recipe from her mom and from there I have no idea where it came from! I’ve changed the recipe up a little by adding pecans instead of walnuts (I don’t like walnuts), and made it with half whole wheat flour instead of 100% all-purpose flour; and then I smothered it with a rhubarb compote! This compote is inspired from one of my newest cookbooks – Bar Tartine – this is one of the coolest cookbooks! If you are interested in fermenting or drying flowers or making alliums then I highly recommend this book! Or if you are in San Francisco, check out their restaurant – it’s on my bucket list of places to go! 

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Stat by creaming the margarine and brown sugar together. Blend the egg with the vanilla and then add to the brown sugar and margarine mix. Add in the flours and baking soda.

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Combine the lemon juice and milk and add to the mixture and mix well. Fold the rhubarb into the mixture.

Pour mixture into a greased 9×13 pan. Blend sugar, pecans and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle on top of the batter. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.

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Rhubarb Compote:

Toast the coriander seeds for a couple minutes, just until they become fragrant. Grind them in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle and set aside.

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Combine the rhubarb, honey, brown sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice to a sauce pan on medium heat and bring to a simmer and stir to dissolve the sugar.

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Simmer until the rhubarb is tender and the liquid is reduced by half for about 10 minutes. Add in the ground coriander and cinnamon.

Pour warm compote onto the cake and enjoy!!

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Alberta Rhubarb Cake with Rhubarb Compote

Sweet rhubarb cake that's a family recipe from my home province!

Ingredients

Rhubarb Cake

  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg beaten slightly
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups chopped rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Rhubarb Compote

  • 2 cup chopped rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • grated zest and juice of two lemons
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp coriander seeds

Instructions

Rhubarb Cake

  1. Cream the margarine and brown sugar.
  2. Blend the egg with the vanilla and add to the brown sugar mix.
  3. Add the flours and baking soda.
  4. Combine the lemon juice and milk and add to the mixture and mix well.
  5. Fold the rhubarb into the mix.
  6. Blend sugar, pecans and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle on top of the batter.
  7. Pour mixture into a greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 degrees (Fahrenheit) for 45 minutes.

Rhubarb Compote

  1. Toast the coriander seeds for a couple minutes, just until they become fragrant. Grind them and set aside.
  2. Combine the rhubarb, honey, brown sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice to a sauce pan on medium heat and bring to a simmer and stir to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Simmer until the rhubarb is tender and the liquid is reduced by half, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add in the ground coriander and cinnamon.

Assembly

  1. Pour warm rhubarb compote onto the fresh baked rhubarb cake and enjoy!!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Cake: My mom's/memere's recipes Compote: Bar Tartine

Are you looking for something to wash down that cake and compote with? Check out this beer – Jackline Rhubarb Grisette – I found from Lighthouse Brewing Company!! This beer is sweeter than beer, so really it doesn’t take much like beer at all! (So if you hate beer, try this one!) It also seems to be more carbonated than regular beer, giving it a fizzy, sweet, pop (a.k.a. soda) kind of taste. 

Rhubarb Beer

Is there a plant that brings back memories for you? 

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2 thoughts on “Alberta Rhubarb Cake with a Rhubarb Compote

    1. Yeah for sure! Anytime you are north of the border – for sure I will feed you and give you beer! 🙂

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