May 8, 2015

Easy rhubarb cake

I took these photos almost exactly two years ago. In May 2013, which was also one of my most productive months as in baking A LOT and taking many of my favorite photos (and apparently wearing jean vests every day). Back then I had a 9-5 job, but I somehow always managed to find the time to create. Nowadays, all I do is sit by my computer, all day every day and fighting the beast better known as the e-mail. It seems as no matter how little time I had back then, I always managed to get stuff done. Maybe that's exactly why, because I knew I had to do them right now or I wouldn't have the time. I'm always a few hundred e-mails behind, so every day is like starting over (so I'm sorry if I haven't replied yet!).
Some days (ok, make that most days) I don't feel like sitting in front of the computer at all though, especially during spring. Some days I just want to go out and smell the freshly cut grass, listen to the birds and take a stroll on the beach. This day was exactly like that. We filled a basket with this hot from the oven-rhubarb cake and went out to a beautiful spot called Möllegård, fairly close to where we live. It's incredibly pretty there, especially when the trees are becoming all lush and green. The forest is a little untamed and everything grows a little bit wild, which I really like. That "bridge" was slightly wobbly though, but it's been replaced now with a new, uncharming one. You can also get the best ice cream in Möllegård and you can pet two cute shetland ponies. Sounds like a pretty great place, huh?! Ice cream and ponies!

I actually liked this cake so much that it ended up in my book, Sweet food & photography, which by the way is now published in French, and will be published in Dutch, German and Spanish in August this year, and last but not least in English in April next year!! It's a pretty amazing feeling I must say and I'm just so grateful that people are interested in my books.

I wish you all a very happy weekend. Now I'm going to go lie down because I'm sick. Ok, bye!

easy RHUBArb cake
8-10 servings

Opt for thin rhubarb stalks for this cake, both red and green, to make it both pretty and delicious. If you can't find thin stalks, thick ones are ok too of course, but make sure to slice them thinner or they will sink to the bottom of the cake (it will still be delicious though).

1 1/4 cups (180 g) all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cardamom seeds, freshly ground
pinch of salt
100 g (1 scant stick) softened butter
1 scant cup (200 g / 225 ml) granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1/4 tsp vanilla powder or 1 tsp vanilla sugar
1/2 cup milk, at room temperature

150 g rhubarb, washed, trimmed and cut in 5 cm (2 inch) pieces
1/2 tbsp granulated sugar

To serve
Powdered sugar
Whipped cream if desired

1. Heat oven to 175° (350°F). Grease a pie pan or springform pan (22-25 cm / 8-10 inches).
2. Mix flour, baking powder, cardamom and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and creamy, about 4 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.
4. Fold in the flour mixture and the milk in additions, and stir with a spatula until combined. Pour the batter in the prepared pan.
5. Place the pieces of rhubarb in a pattern on the cake. Sprinkle granulated sugar on top.
6. Bake the cake for 10 minutes, then lower the heat to 150°C (300°F) and bake for an additional 40-50 minutes or until cake is golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean.
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  1. Hello Linda,
    I know your blog since few months ago now and i really love it. So when i heard in March that your book was coming in France, i was waiting for it :) I got it on Tuesday and i can't wait to try the recipes. But the first think when i start to read it is that you give us a very pleasure for our eyes and a lot interesting informations. Hope you will keep going on this way and Congratulations for your book is beautiful.
    All the best from France.
    Ingrid Xx

  2. That looks delish! Perfect for spring. Glad you finally shared the recipe haha :D

  3. Beautiful cake, beautiful scenery, beautiful thoughts. It's amazing how much more productive we are when we're overwhelmed, but it's also crucial to take the time and unwind.

  4. Amazing photos! Simple things become a piece of art in your hands!

  5. these pictures are so gorgeous, now I need to go find some rhubarb!

  6. Amazing cake, rhubarb reminds me of my childhood in Europe. Love the memories

  7. Your rhubarb cake sits there in the msterious forest like a treasure waiting to be found …very much like a fairy tale. I love arranging the stalks in a radiant manner, I´ll do that , too , next time I bake one.
    And PS: Nothing wrong with jean vests ;-)

  8. This looks truly wonderful - I love using rhubarb due to it's slight tartness that still shines through!

  9. Such wonderful news cant wait till it is August !!!

  10. absolutely stunning, I love it! The colors are magnificent! And grabbing a picnic basket and heading out into the woods seems like the perfect thing to do, and leaving your computer every now and then doesn't seem like a bad idea either... :)
    x Motte

  11. I'm just crazy about your photos. Would you mind sharing what photo editing software you use?

  12. omg! How could you sit on such stunning photos for so long?! These are incredible and the shooting location looks like another world.

    Can't wait for your book to be published in English!

    Also, feel better soon :)

  13. Also, for some reason, Pinterest is refusing to let me pin anything from this post. It might be just a bug on my end, but just in case (since I'm sure Pinterest is a huge traffic driver for you) it might be worth looking into!

    1. Thank you for letting me know, Kaitlin! I've had some issues with it in the past. What if you press there Pinterest-button right below the post, maybe that would work?

  14. This looks lovely! I'm not able to pin anything from this post either (using the link or a pin it button) because Pinterest says the link may lead back to spam.


  15. Looks amazing, both the cake and the surroundings! (Current view: rain on parking lot.)

  16. I've tried and got to love the recipe, it's simple, easy and delicious, trully recommed this one on my blog:

  17. Oh you are one of my favorite reads.. seriously.

  18. Beautiful photos again Linda, I'm looking forward to trying out this recipe but will be making mini versions of the cake.

  19. It was really nice! Great rhubarb cake!

  20. Going to cook it!!!


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