One of my favorite spring flavor combinations is strawberry and rhubarb. My Strawberry Cake is sweet and aromatic while the Rhubarb Topping is a bit tart, really buttery, and delicious. Dessert recipes really don’t get any homier than this.

Ingredients

RHUBARB TOPPING:

  • 3/4 cups butter (1 1/2 cubes)
  • 1 1/2 cup light brown sugar (not packed)
  • 3 cups fresh rhubarb (cut into 1/2)

STRAWBERRY CAKE:

  • 2 heaping cups fresh strawberries (stemmed and blended to yield 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs

Directions

 
  RHUBARB TOPPING:
Add butter and brown sugar to a saucepan and cook over medium high heat until butter is melted and sugar has dissolved. Pour into a 13"x9" baking pan.
 
  Top with the rhubarb chunks and set aside while you prepare the Strawberry Cake batter.
 
  STRAWBERRY CAKE:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash and hull strawberries and quarter. Blend strawberries and measure out 1 1/2 cups of the mixture. Set aside.
 
  Add flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda to a mixing bowl and stir together. Add butter, milk, and the strawberry mixture and beat at medium speed, scraping bowl as needed, for one minute. Add eggs and beat on high for two minutes, scraping bowl as needed. Pour batter atop the Rhubarb Topping in the baking pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the cake is set in the center, and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool for five minutes. After five minutes, loosen cake from edges of the pan with a spatula and invert onto a cooling rack or platter.
 
  Serve cake at room temperature as the cake and rhubarb are most flavorful after they've cooled.

 

MEET SERENA!

Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.

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