Monday, May 30, 2011

Honey Cake with Rhuby Soda

My sweet friend brought me a very special surprise.

A special surprise she knew I would love...and an armful of it.

Enough to make soda, a cake, and a crisp!

Thank you, my friend.

I love to bake with honey to cut back on the amount of sugar most recipes call for.

Honey is easily masked by the other flavours in baking but this cake is all about the honey and its warm, fragrant sweetness.

Nestled down inside the cake is some rhubarb...just because I can.

Honey Cake with Nestled Rhubarb
(adapted from Moosewood Farm Fresh Meals)

1/2 C softened butter
1/2 C honey
1/2 C sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 C flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 C milk
2 1/2 C chopped rhubarb

Preheat oven to 350*. Butter a 7 x 11 baking dish.

Cream butter, honey and sugar together until light. Add eggs one at a time, beating well.
In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
Combine milk and vanilla in a small bowl.
Alternate adding flour mixutre and milk to butter mixture, beating well after each addition.

Spread 2/3 of the batter over the bottom of the dish. Top with all of the rhubarb. Top gently with the rest of the batter, spreading to the edges.
Sprinkle with 1-2 tsp cinnamon sugar if you like.

Bake 35-40 mins or until golden and cooked through.

*Raspberries or strawberries would be a good substitute for the rhubarb.

Top with vanilla yogurt, whipped cream or ice cream.

Rhuby Soda

1 1/2 C chopped rhubarb
1 C sugar
1 1/2 C water
Sparkling water

In a large saucepan, combine rhubarb, sugar and water. Boil and then turn down to a simmer for 15-20 mins or until the syrup is bright pink.

Turn off the heat, cool and pour into a large mason jar.

To make each soda, measure ¼ cup rhubarb syrup into a glass.
Add enough sparkling water to fill the glass ⅔ full. Stir to mix, then add ice.

Or make Soulemama's Ruby Junes.


  1. Jess, I came home today to an amazing quinoa meal that my mom made, and this wonderful cake. We all nearly died. It is so nice and light and not too sweet. It's our new fave rhubarb dish (and that's saying a lot!!!).

  2. That is saying a lot!
    Yay, Im so glad you all liked it...
    And, to boot, I am inheriting a root of 'the' rhubarb this fall! Im stoked.

  3. We just tried the cake. Delicious! Thanks, Jess!