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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.45 / 5 (53 votes)

Prep time:
15 min
Cook time:
35 min

Rachel Allen's delectably moist ginger cake is topped with lightly caramelised rhubarb for a fabulous dessert or treat at any time


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4.

2. Melt the butter in a 26cm diameter oven-proof frying pan.

3. Stir in 125g sugar and cook on a gentle heat for about 5 minutes.

4. Add the rhubarb, remove from the heat and set aside.

5. Sieve the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl.

6. In a measuring jug or small bowl whisk the egg and add the remaining brown sugar, the buttermilk, oil and ginger, and mix well.

7. Whisk in the dry ingredients until combined to form a liquid batter.

8. Pour the mixture over the rhubarb in the pan.

9. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes or until the cake feels firm in the centre. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan before turning out onto a serving plate.

10. Serve warm or at room temperature with softly whipped cream.

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Latest Comment


Seems easy to make. I used vitalite and coconut milk instead of butter and buttermilk as my babies are allergic to dairy. I also used powdered ginger (a heaped tsp) as I didn't have fresh. Last change is that I used a loose bottom tin rather than a frying pan as I don't have one big enough that is oven proof. I had a slight concern that the batter would be too thin and would escape but its quite thick so that was fine. Now just waiting for it to cook...

SarahT5150 SarahT5150  Posted 26 Apr 2014 4:23 PM

I made this cake and took it to a party. I received many compliments on it. A great cake and easy to put together.

Dave0401 Dave0401  Posted 14 Jun 2012 4:15 AM

This is a fantatic rhubarb recipe, highly recommend it, v tasty

JohanneC44251 JohanneC44251  Posted 14 Feb 2010 3:22 PM

Saw your recipe for Chocolate cream cake with rhubarb fool,but can't find the recipe,can you help,please

foody5 foody5 Posted 25 Feb 2009 7:00 PM

Rachel, you're a legend - First cake I ever baked and it was gorgeous Smile

Kitchen novice Kitchen novice Posted 30 Jun 2008 6:47 PM

I have picked the rhubarb and am ready to make the pudding, I live in France and this is a great take on the Tarte Tatin. Thank you

chadenat chadenat Posted 28 Jun 2008 2:42 PM

Wow, I can't wait to try this!!

totalpanic totalpanic Posted 28 Jun 2008 1:39 PM

This is totally delicious. very easy to make. Best upside down cake I've ever tasted!

Ann154 Ann154 Posted 21 Jun 2008 9:55 AM