Rhubarb Cake

Make the most of rhubarb season with this delicious zingy cake. Perfect with a cuppa in the afternoon sunshine or enjoyed as a pudding served with cream or crème fraîche and a drizzle of honey.

Serves 8

Cooking Time: 1 hour 10 mins


300g rhubarb
Juice of ½ lemon
165g self-raising flour
175g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
175g caster sugar
3 large free-range eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract

For the topping:

25g unsalted butter
2 tbsp self-raising flour
1 tbsp caster sugar
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp icing sugar, to dust
4 tbsp cream or crème fraîche, to serve
2 tbsp clear honey, to serve


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Grease a 23cm square cake tin and line with baking parchment.

2. Trim the rhubarb and chop into 3cm pieces. Place in a bowl with the lemon juice.

3. In a separate bowl, beat together the flour, butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Fold in half the rhubarb and spoon the mixture into the bottom of the tin, spreading it out with a spatula. Scatter over the remaining rhubarb.

4. For the topping, rub the butter into the flour, then stir in the sugar and ginger. Sprinkle over the cake mixture and bake for 40-50 minutes.

5. Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin.

6. Dust with icing sugar, then slice into squares.