Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Rhubarb Upside Down Brown Sugar Cake

Dorie Greenspan rhubarb brown sugar cake from Baking Chez Moi on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe is a simple brown sugar cake made a little fancy with some caramelized rhubarb on top (Rhubarb Upside Down Brown Sugar Cake, pp 24-25).

Luckily for me, the first rhubarb just started showing up in the farmers’ markets and the other week I was able to get my hands on some (by going to the market early!).  I was a little disappointed that it was not bright ruby red stems all the way – for me the gree stalks simply look too much like celery!

Rhubarb on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd of course, once I had removed the stringy exterior, all that lovely red had gone 🙁

This recipe is a simple one – basically caramelize some rhubarb and place it in the bottom of your cake pan, pour the cake mix on top. I had heard from some others who made the cake before me that the cake rose to the top of a shallower cake pan so I used my deeper springform pan to make sure that didn’t happen.  Unfortunately for me, my springform pan leaked a little of the caramel (I had placed a baking tray underneath, thankfully!) and my rhubarb didn’t cover the entire base of the pan (it is 10″, not 9″ as the recipe called for) and my cake did not even rise that much so I ended up with a flatter cake with uneven rhubarb on top.

Dorie says to use a jam or jelly glaze to patch up the top of your cake which is exactly what I did:

Rhubarb brown sugar cake for Tuesdays with Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.comI used Confiture d’Églantine d’Alsace à la Rose from Christine Ferber.

It did a nice job of patching in the parts of the cake not covered in caramelized rhubarb!

My version is definitely a little flatter than the picture on p 25 of Baking Chez Moi but I actually think it worked out ok…

Dorie Greenspan rhubarb brown sugar cake for Tuesdays with Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.comI brought this into my staff room on Monday morning and it was much appreciated. We all liked that it wasn’t too sweet – the rhubarb brings a nice tartness to the cake and the glaze, because it’s not too thick, gives it the amount of sweetness it needs. Perfect with your morning cuppa 🙂

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Rhubarb Upside Down Brown Sugar Cake here or on p 24-25 of Baking Chez Moi.

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21 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Rhubarb Upside Down Brown Sugar Cake”

  1. I’ve never owned a springform that didn’t leak but I’d dearly like to find one. As a huge fan of rhubarb, I would have loved the higher ratio of it to cake.

  2. Mardi, your rhubarb cake turned out well, glad you had a success. The recipe was good, I just
    don’t know what went wrong with mine.

  3. Beautiful! I’ll be sharing mine on Friday as I had a group post scheduled for today. Bill doesn’t like rhubarb (imagine that!) so I was happy for an excuse to bake this 🙂

  4. This looks delicious, Mardi. You also had me at that Christine Ferber jam from Alsace. I bet the flavours of rose hip and rose are taste-hugging friends with that rhubarb!

  5. What a nice looking cake! My rhubarb was red all the way through and looked a little dark after being caramelized so I’m liking your mix of red and green.

  6. Your cake looks ver nice with the red ang green mixed in together, mine turned a little too dark because the rhubarb was all red! I guess the grass is always greener in the other side. 😉

  7. Your cake turned out great Mardi – happy that the rhubarb appeared just in time. My caramel leaked too – I was a little sad about that (the good part!!), but the cake was lovely and it didn’t matter in the end.

  8. Glad that you were able to get rhubarb even though it wasn’t bright red. I was wondering about the need to peel it. I only peeled half as the red was gone and I did not like that. Have you cooked rhubarb without peeling before?

  9. It looks so good! My rhubarb isn’t very red, either. I want to start another patch with a variety like Canada Red, which is red all the way through and all the way up the stalk.


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