September 09, 2010

Spelt Rhubarb Cake with Cinnamon Crunch


I'm not so big on birthdays, but it's the best excuse (and really, any excuse is good enough) to bake a cake. Even if it's my own one. This may not look like a glamorous birthday cake, but it sure was tasty! Spelt flour really gave more flavour and texture to this cake, so I will most certainly be using it in baking again.

This really is such a nice cake, and not least because of the beautiful rhubarb. It's not a difficult cake to make, and once again no electric beaters or other electric kitchen equipment needed! You could serve this with cream or Finnish vanilla sauce, or have on its own like I did. Either way it will make the birthday girl happy!


Spelt Rhubarb Cake with Cinnamon Crunch
(Recipe adapted from Waitrose)

225g spelt flour
200g ground almonds (almond meal)
220g brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 small, preferably organic orange, zest finely grated & juiced
2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
75g unsalted butter, melted & cooled
2 large eggs
250ml (lactose-free) milk
300g rhubarb, peeled & washed, cut into small pieces
3 tbsp demerara sugar

Preheat oven to 190C. In a large bowl, combine the flour, almond meal, sugar, baking powder, orange zest and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. In a another bowl, whisk in the eggs with melted butter, then whisk in milk and orange juice. Add the egg mixture with the dry ingredients and fold to combine thoroughly. Grease a 22cm round baking tin, and pour in 1/3 of the batter. Top with half the rhubarb, then add another 1/3 batter. Top with the rest of the rhubarb, then scrape the rest of the batter on top. Combine the rest of the cinnamon with the demerara sugar and sprinkle the mixture evenly on top. Bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Check after 30 minutes and cover with baking paper if the top starts getting too brown.

Happy Birthday (to me)!

26 comments:

  1. The cinnamon crunch works so well with these kind of cakes, this looks delicious maria

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  2. Happy Birthday Maria! We'll have to have a bloggers dinner to celebrate!

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  3. Happy Birthday Maria!! What a great cake to celebrate with. My better half made mine (blog to come at Yayas).

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  4. Happy Birthday!! You're so right, if nothing else you have to have a great cake on your birthday :) The combination of rhubarb and cinnamon crunch sounds amazing, would be so great with a cup of tea

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  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIA!!! hahaha im the same ... any excuse is a good excuse to bake a cake! :D

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  6. Happy Birthday Maria!! Hope you have many yummy cakes and matcha lattes today!!

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  7. Happy birthday, Maria! I love rhubarb.. just did a post involving rhubarb actually!

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  8. Happpy birthday! :) This is so my type of cake - doesn't look extravagant and rich but is tasty and wholesome! haha and I recently bought almond meal too...can't wait to incorporate that into my cakes!

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  9. I hope you had a very Happy Birthday, Maria! The cake is lovely, sometimes it's the simple things that bring the most pleasure!

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  10. Yum such a moist looking Birthday cake. Happy Birthday young lady! xx

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  11. Happy Birthday darling Maria! I hope you have a wonderful birthday full lots of love and hugs xxx

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  12. Happy Birthday! I like the spelt cake...so much healthier.

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  13. Thank you so much for all your comments and birthday wishes! They really mean the world to me! Hugs & Love,
    Maria

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  14. To be honest, I would love something like this for my birthday! Cinnamon and rhubarb with a hint of whole grain? Delicious.

    Hope you had a great birthday!

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  15. Happy birthday again! No need for an excuse, because you're an avid cake-baker anyway =)

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  16. Happy birthday gorgeous!! I can't believe how much you bake, like a cake a day! Hehehe hope you had a great day... looking fwd to celebrating with u soon xxx

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  17. Happy Birthday!! Hope you had an awesome day!!

    This cake looks delicious =) I especially love the cinnamon crunch bit! (I'm a huge fan of cinnamon)

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  18. This cake looks very delicious for being so healthy-me likey;-)!

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  19. Someone else should bake your cake next year ;) Love the sound of a cinnamon crunch!

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  20. This sounds lovely, and I have just started baking with spelt flour more regularly too

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  21. Happy birthday! Birthdays call for cake, I agree with you. What a wonderful cake - I have never eaten rhubarb (very hard to find here in Brazil) but have been making tons of rhubarb recipes using strawberries instead. Bookmarking this cake right now! ;D

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  22. Happy Birthday Maria. You can now celebrate a guilt free birthday with this delicious cake. I can't stop looking at it.

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  23. happy birthday!! i hope you had a fabulous celebration; i KNOW you had a fabulous cake! i don't have much experience with spelt or rhubarb, but i'm familiar with a crunchy cinnamon topping--awesome. :)

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  24. What a wonderful blog you have. Belated Happy Birthday!
    I am just harvesting my last rhubarb for the year. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Greetings from Colorado.

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  25. This post makes me so happy :) YUm. And the little muumin mug!

    Love Amanda

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