My rhubarb patch has turned into a rhubarb jungle and I couldn't be happier. At the beginning of the spring I moved like 10 of the plants to the new patch location and was wondering if I would even get a small crop this year. Guess my soil is premo cause those plants be ginormous.
And now I am harvesting the stalks from that jungle and I have rhubarb coming out of my ears. (I will be eating rhubarb all summer long) It's not really a problem per say, but there is so much, so it's time to get a little crafty with the tangy sour veggie stalk.(rhubarb sword fight anyone?) One of the first things I made with some of it was a salad that consisted of roasted and slightly charred zucchini, onions, corn and rhubarb. I made it for the mr thinking that he was going to love it because he loves rhubarb so much. Well he didn't love it because of all the corn. (Such a weird egg that boy) But me,I loved it, like ate it all and then some. Corn and rhubarb are such a good combination and if the mr wasn't being such a weirdo, he should have liked that salad too. But it gave me the inspiration for the cake . A cornbread cake ( he loves cornbread) sweetened just the right amount with maple. Not exactly a rhubarb corn salad, but you get the idea. And this cake is totally multi purpose. Made as dessert and would go extremely well with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream but would work equally as well served with a bowl of baked beans. I mean, can cake for dinner get any better?
The stuff. A bowl with cornmeal, flour, baking soda, baking powder, along with a little salt. Also need some maple syrup, soy milk, earth balance and apple cider vinegar.And of course we have a few rhubarb stocks,
Start with melting the earth balance and maple syrup together on the stove and letting it thicken up a bit. While it's thickening, think about the shape of you skillet and haw you want to layer you rhubarb, like the design of it.
Then when the maple is thickened and you know how you want to layer it, chop up your rhubarb and start placing in into the bottom of the skillet. Any way you do it, just make sure that the bottom is pretty much covered in rhubarb and that its only on stalk deep.
Rhubarb so pretty
Now for the batter. Easy easy. Just whisk together the dry and combine all of the wet into a bowl.
Wet and dried mixed together.
Pour the batter gently onto the rhubarb and smooth the batter out.
And into the oven it goes.
Pulled from the oven when the cornbread is golden brown and a tester stuck into it comes out clean. Let it cool just as it is for about 10 minutes... (give the maple time to cool and set up so it doesn't just get sucked into the cake) then flip in. I flipped mine onto a piece of parchment and a cutting board . You could try to go directly onto a cake stand or plate, but It might get a little messy. I like to play it safe when flipping things and just use a big cutting board. Now get ready to cross your fingers.....
Ta da!. Ain't it a beaut? And don't worry if a little piece or two get stuck in the pan. Either scrape it out and place it back on the cake or consider it a little snack.
There you have it. A cake good to go for all your meal eating needs.
Go rhubarb GO!
Upside-down Rhubarb Maple Cornbread Cake
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup melted earth balance + 2 tablespoons
- 1/3 cup maple syrup + 2-3 tablespoons
- 1 1/2 cups soy milk (or any plant based milk)
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2-3 stalks rhubarb (enough to cover bottom of skillet)
Note. I baked this in a 10 inch cast iron skillet. If you don't have one, a 9 inch circle or square pan will do the trick, you are just going to have to simmer the maple in a pot ans pour in into the pan you are using...and maker sure to grease it!
Preheat oven to 350.
Place the 2 tablespoons of earth balance and the 1/3 cup of maple into a 10 inch skillet and place on medium heat. Stir around until earth balance is melted and the maple starts to thicken. Remove from heat. Now grab rhubarb cut into pieces and layer it any way you see fit, making sure to cover the bottom of the skillet but not layering it in to thick.
In a large bowl mix together the flour corn meal, salt, baking soda and powder. Then In a separate bowl, mix together the apple cider vinegar, soy, melted and cooled earth balance and the remaining maple. Pour wet into dry ans mix until even;y incorporated.
Pour batter gently on top of rhubarb, leveling out if need be, then slide it on into the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and a tester stuck into the middle come out clean.
Remove cake ans let cool for for about 10 minutes. This is really important,because flipping to soon and all the rhubarb maple will just absorb and soggy up the cake and if you wait to long, all that goodness willl harden up and get stuck. SO 10 minutes.
Now when your ready yo flip, think about size. I used a big cutting board that , but a plate would work to, just make sure it;s slightly bigger then the skillet. Then just do it flip and lift the skillet away. Any pieces that might have gotten stuck can be scraped off and placed back where they belong.
Now your cake is ready and waiting for you to eat. Sweet enough for dessert, not to sweet that you couldn't serve it with dinner. Multi purpose cake.. the best kind!