Almond rhubarb tea cake

Almond rhubarb tea cake


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About this recipe: Make this sweet almondy rhubarb cake when fresh rhubarb is in season. The cake is deliciously moist and benefits from an irresistible crumbly almond topping. This recipe makes two cakes so you can give one away.


Serves: 24 

  • 350g (12 oz) soft brown sugar
  • 150ml (5 fl oz) vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 300g (11 oz) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 225ml (8 fl oz) milk
  • 175g (6 oz) rhubarb, chopped
  • 50g (2 oz) flaked almonds
  • Topping
  • 5 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 25g (1 oz) flaked almonds

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease two 23cm round cake tins.
  2. In a large bowl, beat brown sugar, oil, egg and vanilla together until smooth. Combine flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda; add to sugar mixture alternately with milk. Beat until smooth. Stir in rhubarb and 50g almonds. Spoon into prepared tins.
  3. In a small bowl, combine caster sugar and butter. Stir in 25g almonds. Sprinkle topping over mixture in cake tins.
  4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the cake springs back when you touch it, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

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Reviews (18)


Altered ingredient amounts. First time I made this it was a very sloppy mix, so subsequently made some changes. I used ground almonds not flaked as in the recipe, upped the flour to 12oz, and the rhubarb too. Also as suggested earlier, added 1tsp cinnamon to help the flavour. The best change though was to use loaf tins instead of 20cm round tins the cake mix doesn't rise all that much and the rhubarb gets cooked away to nothing. - 05 Apr 2011

Marie C.

Used different ingredients. We really enjoyed this cake. I replaced the vanilla with almond extract and added a few extra drops to the topping. - 18 Jul 2008


Altered ingredient amounts. I halved the amount to make one cake but used a little less milk and one egg. i added 25g of ground almonds and it needed all the topping for one cake! It also needed more fruit - 04 Apr 2011

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