Our garden is bursting with rhubarb! We have about 6 large rhubarb plants, all of which were in desperate need of splitting earlier this Spring. After splitting them we ended up with about 25 rhubarb plants! Most of them we gave away to friends but se kept a few and transplanted them. That means we’re pretty much set for life with rhubarb galore.
After making jam and compote with the rhubarb I made this cake on a whim. I had 2 pounds of strawberries in the fridge and threw the two together to make this upside-down cake. Topped with whipped cream or served with vanilla ice cream, it’s simply delish!
Let’s get started!
Place the butter in a 8×8 inch square baking dish or round cake pan. Melt it in the oven. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the butter.
Place the strawberries evenly over the brown sugar followed by the rhubarb.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, oil, vanilla extract and sugar until combined. Add the sour cream and beat until combined. In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the milk and flour mixture, alternating between the two and ending with the flour. Beat just until combined.
Pour the batter into the cake pan. In an oven preheated to 350 degrees F, bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake sit for 5 minutes then run a knife along the edges and invert the cake onto a plate. If using, pour over the extra caramel glaze and let cool another couple of minutes before serving.
Strawberry Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake
- 1/4 cup butter, quartered
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
- 1 1/2 cups diced rhubarb
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup oil (I use avocado oil)
- 1 teaspoon quality pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the pieces of butter in a 8x8 inch baking pan or 9 inch round pan and melt it in the oven. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the melted butter. Evenly place the strawberries over the brown sugar followed by the rhubarb.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla extract and beat to combine. Add the sour cream and beat until combined. Add the milk and flour mixture, alternating between the two and ending with the flour. Beat just until combined.
- Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. (If the cake is getting to brown on the top before the rest is done, cover it with foil.) Let the cake sit for 5 minutes then run knife around edges and invert the cake onto a plate. (See Note)
- Serve with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream Place the butter, brown sugar and heavy cream in a small saucepan (you can also microwave the ingredients for a minute). Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let it sit for a minute. Pour the glaze evenly over the cake. Let it cool for a couple of minutes before serving.
Chris Sandiford says
Can you just check the dimensions on that cake pan.? I made this tonight in an 8″ x 8″ and there was far too much fruit. Consequently it was really soggy. I only made half the amount of cake batter in the end because I wouldn’t have fit it all in! Even in your photo it looks much bigger than an 8″ x 8″. That aside, the flavour was amazing, and despite it all, was more of a pudding than a cake. Definitely make again but would modify the amounts. Also good to arrange the strawberry halves neatly so that they make a nice presentation side.
Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
Hi Chris, I’m sorry to hear that happened. Yes, it’s definitely an 8×8 pan. Here’s the one I use: Parrish Magic Line. It’s 8x8x2. Is the pan you used 2 inches deep? Maybe an obvious question, but you did put the fruit in first, correct? That way the cake batter bakes on top and should be soggy at all since the juices of the fruit will remain on the bottom while the cake bakes thoroughly through, then later on the cake is flipped over with the fruit on top.
Paul & Suzanne Hansknecht says
We tried this two days ago, and it was delicious! I mean really, really good!
However, note that what to do with the sugar is missing from the recipe directions!
Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
Hi Paul and Suzanne, I’m so happy to hear that, thank you! Thanks also for catching that omission, it’s now updated.
This is a idea for that rhubarb! I’ll bee trying it, for sure.
This looks dreamy! Going to be making this this Summer for sure!
Jennifer Farley says
I love strawberry rhubarb anything! What a great idea.
eat good 4 life says
This looks great. I love any upside down cakes and yours looks superb!
Renee - Kudos Kitchen says
Strawberry and rhubarb are such a lovely combination. The sweetness of the strawberry pairs so well with the tartness of the rhubarb. What a great idea for an upsidedown cake!
Erin @ The Speckled Palate says
Aww, man. I wish I was your neighbor because we can’t get rhubarb down here easily and I’ve still never had it. And this cake? AMAZING. So good!
What a nice looking cake! I love rhubarb season! It just pairs so well with strawberries!
This cake sounds perfect right now! I need to find some rhubarb — soon!
Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish says
I wish I had all this yumminess overflowing in MY yard!! All I have is weeds… lol. This cake looks delish, btw.
The Food Hunter says
I have never had rhubarb..I need to change that
[email protected] Mom says
I’m always intrigued when I see rhubarb used in recipes since I never use it! I think I need to give rhubarb another chance! This cake and topping looks incredible!
Rhubarb is one of my favorite summer flavors! Can’t wait to try this cake!
Growing up my dad grew everything…so did my grandmom/great grandmom. The one thing neither grew…Rhubarb! It’s never been in my life in any way. A couple weeks ago an Amish woman I am friends with at my local farmers market made me try her homemade rhubarb pie that she brought in for lunch and OMG was it ever good! Now I WANT to try making something with it…This right here looks like a good place to start :)