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rhubarb cornmeal cake

Rhubarb Cornmeal Cake

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Adapted from How To Be A Domestic Goddess

Note: Original recipe included cinnamon, which I omit. I have increased the salt and vanilla, too, but otherwise I follow the recipe. I love this cake — the cornmeal adds a creaminess as well as a lovely crunchy texture, and it’s a snap to throw together.


  • 1 pound 2 ounces (510 g) rhubarb
  • 1 cup (232 g) sugar
  • 1 cup (128 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp (90g) fine cornmeal
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz | 113 g) unsalted butter (soft)
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp plain, whole milk yogurt
  • 9-inch springform pan, buttered and lined with parchment or wax paper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Wash and dry the rhubarb if necessary, and then trim, removing and stringy bits, and cut into 1/2 inch slices. Put into bowl and cover with 1/3 cup of the sugar, while you get on with the rest of the cake. Don’t let the rhubarb stand for more than half an hour or the sugar will make too much liquid seep out.
  3. Mix the flour, baking soda, salt, and cornmeal together. With a fork, beat the eggs with the vanilla in a measuring cup or small bowl. In a large bowl (I used my stand mixer), cream the butter and the rest of the sugar, then gradually add the egg and vanilla mixture, beating while you do so. Then add the flour-cornmeal mixture alternately with the yogurt. They just need to be combined: don’t overmix.
  4. Finally, add the rhubarb together with its sugary, pink juices, folding in to mix, and then pour the speckled batter into the prepared pan. Put in the preheated oven and bake for about 55 minutes to 1 hour or until springy to the touch. You may need to cover it with foil after about 40 minutes so that the top doesn’t scorch. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for a while before unmolding.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes