Rhubarb Orange Almond Cake ~ Mennonite Girls Can Cook Recipe

Last week I promised the department next door to me, here at work, a dessert for helping me out so much…so went looking for a new recipe to try. I narrowed it down to a Rhubarb recipe as that was one of the few things they ALL liked.

Not sure how many of you have found Mennonite Girls Can Cook…they are AWESOME! That is where I found a rhubarb recipe that was posted 20 July 2008 in Desserts.

RHUBARB ORANGE ALMOND CAKE

4 stalks fresh rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (I cut enough for 4-5 cups)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temp
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup ground almonds
Finely grated peel of 1 small orange (I used a medium size…love orange zest)
2 Tbsp of orange juice (just use your orange that you grated)
1/4 cup blanched sliced almonds

(PICTURES ARE OF A DOUBLE BATCH)

Preheat oven to 375F.

Grease a 9″ springform pan and line the base with parchment paper. (I lined with parchment and then sprayed the pan with flour Pam).

Place cut rhubarb in a bowl and cover with 1/4 cup of the sugar, mix and set a side.

Grate peel and juice the orange…set a side.

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Mix butter and remaining 3/4 cup sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.

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Add eggs and beat until fluffy.

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Stir in orange zest and juice. Then gently fold in the dry mixture into the butter mixture.

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Stir in sugared rhubarb and then pour into your prepared springform pan.

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Spread batter evenly in pan then sprinkle with sliced almonds.

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Bake for 25 minutes in a 375F oven. Reduce the oven temp to 350F and bake for another 20-25 minutes or until the cake is FIRM. Let set in pan for 10-15 minutes then slide knife around edges and remove from pan.

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Serve warm or cold.

The first time I made it I drizzled powdered sugar/orange juice frosting over the top of the cake. The second and third time…just ate the cake as is. This is one the BESTEST CAKES YOU’LL EVER MAKE!

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Crazy Quilt Top…Soon to be Birthday Gift

Took yesterday off to spend the day at my mom’s so we could get the crazy quilt blocks together. I still had to finish hand embroidering on two blocks while my mom started sewing the blocks.

Unfortunetely, it looks like we have some sideway blocks. I’m not sure if I want to pick the thing apart or just leave them. You think it will be a big deal? Leave the top as is…or pick apart and put them upright? Never mind….I’ve decided to leave be. 🙂 More character, right?!

Her birthday is the 30th of May! And I still have to figure out the backing, sandwich, and start quilting! ACK!

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