Rhubarb & Ginger Cake

Rhubarb & Ginger Cake

Sometimes you have an idea for a cake and you know where you want to end up and you think you know how you’re going to get there. This cake turned out wonderfully but was the result of misreading a couple of my old recipes by using double the amount of sugar and over chopping my crystallized ginger into a paste. Luckily because I changed the sugar to dark brown muscovado and the rhubarb is so tart this worked perfectly and the ginger being minced made for a more even ginger flavour. I also managed to look at the wrong cooking time and ended up having to send my husband off on the school run as the cake took longer to cook than I thought.

I’d planned to take my daughter to see Harry Hill after school (he was shooting a movie locally) as she was keeping a diary for the class toy dog and had thought it would be cool to have a picture of Cecil and Harry together. So as I’d been told he was shooting until 7pm and feeling guilty that I’d let my daughter down we scurried from the dinner table and arrived just as he was leaving the garden where he’d been shooting. I’d met Harry once before 12 years ago at the filming of the pilot episode of TV Burp and he’d given me a fake sausage which he’d used as a moustache in a sketch. I decided that as I’d missed the opportunity to get this signed all those years ago it was time to right that wrong (and of course it would be worth far more on e-bay as I explained to him LOL). Harry even remembered the sketch which was good as bystanders did remark this was probably the first time he’d been asked to sign a sausage! I took a picture of my daughter with Harry and Cecil (so funny as she was so shy), so all in all we had a successful day after all! Some things are just meant to be:-)

My husband and son loved this cake as did I with only my daughter refusing to try it as she’s not a fan of ginger! I will definitely be making this again. This cake will keep for a couple of days but is best on the day of baking.

As this recipe is seasonal I am entering it into Simple and in Season run by Ren Behan and as it’s made from scratch I’m also entering it into Made with Love Mondays from Javelin Warrior’s Cookin w/Luv.

Rhubarb and Ginger Cake


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Rhubarb & Ginger Cake
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A delicious Rhubarb and Ginger Cake with a toasted almond topping.
Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: British
Serves: 10 Slices
  • 230g Rhubarb, chopped into 1.5cm pieces
  • 30g Almonds, finely chopped
  • 150g Butter, softened or Flora Buttery (which I used)
  • 150g Dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 30g Crystallised Ginger (minced in a herb chopper) or finely chopped
  • 150g Plain flour
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 2 Large eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 190°C.
  2. Butter and flour a large loaf tin (21.5cm x 11.5cm x 6cm).
  3. Sprinkle chopped almonds into base.
  4. Whisk butter and sugar together until creamy
  5. Add the eggs beating in one at a time. Don’t worry if the mixture splits.
  6. Beat in the minced ginger.
  7. Sift the flour and baking powder together and fold in gradually.
  8. Fold in the rhubarb.
  9. Place mixture into the loaf tin and spread out evenly with a spatula.
  10. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 50 minutes or until cake springs back to touch in the centre or a scewer comes out clean.


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  1. malickai stee

    hi can you add chocolate to the recipie

    1. Camilla

      I wouldn’t personally but it’s your cake and if you want to put chocolate in it….

  2. buzylizzy

    This looks yummy and quite different I love rhubarb and it’s nice to see it being used a lot more again 🙂

    1. Camilla

      It is really good:-)

  3. Ursula Hunt

    Love the fact there are chunky bits of rhubarb in this cake

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ursula:-)

  4. Jane Davies

    I also don’t like Ginger so would try the rhubarb and marzipan 😀 looks lovely though 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Aah, well I have a rhubarb and marzipan cake elsewhere on blog for you then:-) https://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/rhubarb-and-marzipan-cake/

  5. William Gould

    Oh wow! Must give this one a go!

  6. Ann Robinson

    I really like the idea of the rhubarb cake, it looks great, i’m not so sure about the ginger so i’d maybe leave that out

    1. Camilla

      Maybe you’d like my Rhubarb and Marzipan Cake better then! https://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/rhubarb-and-marzipan-cake/

  7. ujhunt1961

    Its great when something good turns out from a mistake

  8. Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla

    This cake sounds fantastic Camilla, especially that it has ginger in it!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Margot, it is a good marriage of flavours:-)

  9. MamaCaz

    My rhubarb isn’t quite ready for picking yet, but when it is I will be trying this recipe. It sounds lovely.

    1. Camilla

      It did prove popular with many readers last year who tweeted me their pics:-)

  10. suewilly

    this does look yummy. I need to bake with gluten free flour but the addition of baking powder probably means this recipes would still work well. My only problem is that we’ve somehow lost our rhubarb plant from the garden so I’ll need to buy some.

  11. Paul Wilson

    I’ll have to try this when my rhubarb has grown a bit.

  12. Helen Allan

    My boys love Harry – this is fab! 🙂 Great recipe idea.. I always wonder what to do with rhubarb and crumble can become tedious. Thank you.

    1. Camilla

      We love Harry too:-) The cake is well worth making:-)

  13. sarah pearce

    just lurve rhubarb,so will be trying this x

  14. Maya Russell

    Rhubarb and ginger is a super combination. Lovely recipe.

  15. Ursula Hunt

    We have loads of Rhubarb growing when in season and I am always on the lookout for new recipes so thank you, i will try this when it next grows


    looks fantastic, saved loads of rhubarb from the garden so this will be perfect for a winter’s night 🙂

  17. Lucy Loves To Cook

    This looks delicious, I’m more of a chocolate girl but I reckon my boyfriend would love this! So jealous you met Harry Hill!

    1. Camilla

      I’m very big on chocolate too and so is husband but even he like this cake after his initial suspicions! Glad to hear you like Harry Hill too:-)

  18. Claire Toplis

    I never would have thought to put Rhubarb and ginger together ! looks yummy

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, no it’s not an obvious one but worked really well:-)

  19. Coombemill

    Popping over from simple and seasonal linky

  20. Johanna GGG

    I often misread recipes but usually can rescue a bake – though not always – this sounds like it was serendipity – and I think more comedians should sign sausages – it is by its very nature a comedy moment!

  21. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    Ha! Only you could give Harry Hill a sausage to sign Camilla. The child in me was sniggering all the way through reading that – Brilliant! Isn’t it great when baking mistakes turn out a triumph? It seldom happens to me! Well done on turning out such a delicious cake!

    1. Camilla

      Can you imagine my kids on the Antiques Road Show in years to come, they certainly have all the proof now that he signed it, they just need to find a copy of his pilot show now LOL! I was so pleased with the cake and luckily by changing the soft brown sugar to dark brown meant is wasn’t as sweet and worked really well with the sour rhubarb:-)

  22. Javelin Warrior

    Such a tasty combination, Camilla! I’m a big fan of rhubarb – but rhubarb and ginger is even better! I’ve never tried using crystalized ginger in combination with rhubarb, but I’d imagine it would be delicious…


    Camilla that looks fab – will definitely be giving it a try. Love Harry signing a sausage too 😉 xoxo

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Danielle, I wasn’t sure about the combo but it worked so well:-)

  24. bakingaddict

    I’m with your daughter on the ginger front – not a fan but it looks like a lovely bake and I know a lot of people who would love this cake! Love the pics of Harry Hill too and as Jen says there’s a dirty joke in there but I’ll behave too 🙂

    1. Camilla

      I wasn’t sure and my husband definitely didn’t want me to bake this cake but the ginger is not overpowering, in fact I let him decide how much I put in and it was just right! Yes the dirty joke is so obvious that we don’t even need to say anything do we:-)

  25. Mark Whittaker

    It looks fantastic , I love Rhubarb and Ginger cake . Will be trying that next weekend. I made my first by accident , well sought of. I was making some homemade rhubarb wine and never one to want to waist the fruit from the first fermentation decided to use it as the fruit weight in a fruit cake recipe. I had actually added ginger and some dried fruit to the fermentation already as rhubarb wine can be very light and bland on its own . I was really surprised by how well it worked. Obviously it did not have the chunks of fruit of yours , which is what I think looks incredibly appealing , mine did have raisons. I found that the rhubarb really helped with keeping the cake moist and I am guessing the activated yeast residue helped too in acting as a slight raising agent. Took me a Blinking ( possibly insert much stronger word) age getting the mix right though, but given the amount of wine I was making I did have a lot to work with lol x

    1. Camilla

      Ooh Rhubarb Wine sounds lovely, I can’t drink the ordinary stuff any more as it just gives me a headache, someone said it’s all the sulphites they put in it these days. My husband didn’t want me to make this cake but you an guess who ended up eating most of it! Hope you do give it a go:-)

  26. Janice

    It sounds a bit like a loaf version of the muffins I made the other week. I’ll be trying that out at the weekend I think, looks lovely. Good shout with the Harry Hill autograph, I’m sure your daughter will remember it.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Janice, I’m very envious of your rhubarb plant, but luckily there’s a lot of half price rhubarb around at the moment for us!

  27. Jen @ BlueKitchenBakes

    So happy to see the recipe after you tempted me with this cake a few days ago on Twitter, sometimes the best cakes come out of a bit of experimentation.

    Very impressed you got Harry Hill to sign your sausage, I’m sure there has to be some kind of rude joke to be made there, but I’ll behave!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jen, I do hope you give it a go as it was really good!

      I think I break the record for the time elapsed getting a piece of memorabilia signed LOL! And I won’t be putting the sausage on e-bay!

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