Saturday, 27 July 2013

Healthy Rhubarb and Ginger Upside Down Cake

Last month's Australian Delicious magazine contained a feature from Katie Quinn Davies, a collaboration of delicious winter cakes, which left my mouth watering as I hungrily flicked through the glossy pages that elegantly displayed her creative recipes. An upside down rhubarb cake in particular grabbed my attention. Perfect photography combined with a brilliant recipe left me craving this vivid and warming dessert. However the cake unfortunately contained a little too much sugar and gluten for my liking as I wanted this cake as a light afternoon tea that I then wouldn't feel guilty and weighed down by. So I looked at this recipe as I do with many, a challenge, to recreate, using ingredients that nourish and agree with me.

While many of my first attempts to recreate a recipe fail miserably, this cake defied all my expectations. It was moist and flavorful, bright and appealing, with the warming ginger spice the perfect partner for the tart rhubarb. Why flour and sugar were ever necessary are beyond me, with the almond meal and coconut flour giving the cake a dense and moist texture that wheat flour could simply not achieve. This texture I believe is necessary to compliment the hearty rhubarb and support its weight as the star feature of this cake. The boyfriend agreed that the flavors of this cake were enhanced by it being flourless, with this recipe being a sure hit with him as evidenced by the cake's rapid disappearance over that warm winter afternoon.



Upside Down Rhubarb and Ginger Cake
Serves 8

Ingredients

5 stalks rhubarb, cut in half lengthways and then cut horizontally at 3cm (1.5 Inch) intervals
4 tbsp honey or rice malt syrup
2 tbsp fresh ginger, finely grated
1/4 cup water
4 eggs
1/2 cup granulated stevia
100ml almond milk
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
20 drops vanilla stevia
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 cup almond meal
3 tsp baking powder

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350F) and grease a springform cake tin, lining it with baking paper.

2. Cover the bottom of the pan with the rhubarb, making sure not to leave any large gaps between the pieces.

3. Place the rice malt syrup or honey, ginger and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil and stir constantly until the mixture thickens and turns a light golden brown. Pour the mixture over the rhubarb in the cake tin and set aside.

4. Beat the eggs and granulated stevia until pale. Add the coconut oil, liquid stevia, vanilla essence and almond milk, beating again until combined. Add the coconut flour and almond meal, beating until all lumps disappear. Finally, fold in the baking powder.

5. Pour the batter over the rhubarb and smooth the top out with the back of a spatula (the mixture will be quite thick). Place the tin in the oven and bake for 50 minutes. Once 50 minutes has passed and the cake is golden brown, remove from the oven and let the cake cool completely while still in the pan.

6. Once cool, remove the sides of the springform pan and invert the cake onto a serving plate. Serve with tea or coffee for a healthy yet satisfying afternoon treat. I really hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

51 comments:

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    1. Only if it can sit on the table for more then a day before disappearing! haha

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  2. Oh wow!! That's a beautiful cake! I am still to try rhubarb but this is making me envious.

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    1. Try it! Its surprisingly yummy for a vegetable :P

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  3. I gasp at the cake ingredients almost everytime! The amount of sugar indicated is often too much. Your recipe sounds more balanced and healthy. Love the idea too, a sort of rhubarb tatin!

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    1. Yes it does look like a tart tatin! And thank you, i did try hard to make it more balanced :)

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  4. Loads of coconut and almonds :-) It must be divine!

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    1. Oh it was! Will be making it again soo ;)

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  5. Brooke, this cake looks amazing! I love rhubarb, and it looks so pretty!

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  6. Hi Brooke - I made the original version of the cake from Delicious for work during the week and they loved it. But, like you, prefer something a bit more healthy and so I came across your version which I am going to try this weekend. I just wanted to ask if there was a specific reason why you didn't separate the eggs and whisk the whites in your version? I might still do that for lightness but thought you may have a reason (too wet etc) why you didn't?

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    1. Oh how was the original?! I didn't bother separating the eggs because while with wheat flour it adds lightness I believe almond meal and coconut flour are too heavy, meaning they would quickly crush all the air in the eggs whites with the separation not really adding much of a difference. Feel free to still do it but I personally don't think its worth the extra time spent doing so :)

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    2. According to my colleagues who ate it - delicious :) It was really moist and light. The ginger syrup really gives the cake that zing. With your recipe, you're right, it was a heavy/dry mix so it was difficult to keep the air in the whites (ended up separated them but only 4 as opposed to the original recipes 6) when incorporating them into the mix and so ended up adding another whole egg. The result = YUM. Totally addictive.

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  7. This cake looks absolutely lovely! I love your changes to the recipe to make it a little more healthy. :)

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