This vegan Rhubarb Ginger Upside Down Cake will tickle your tastebuds — and your appetite for dessert — with the tangy-sweet rhubarb and spicy-sweet candied ginger.
This vegan rhubarb ginger upside down cake is my mea culpa to the many readers who tried out this recipe, which I first posted two years ago on this blog, and wrote in to say they loved the taste of the cake — but, something was off with the liquid measurements because, in some cases, the cake sank a bit in the middle, or simply took too long to bake.
I had been wanting to try out this rhubarb cake recipe again, but rhubarb is not an ingredient I can easily find even during the few weeks it’s in season, so when I did see some ruby-red rhubarb stalks on my weekly grocery trip this past weekend, I grabbed them up to make this cake. Again.
I baked up the cake exactly according to the instructions I had posted, but I made two changes — I reduced the liquid by half a cup, and I increased the oven temperature from 325 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
I got a perfect cake, which leads me to believe that I may have messed up the amount of water in the post the first time round. But — I am here to make things up to you with this now-perfect vegan Rhubarb Ginger Upside Down Cake. I have even added new pictures of the cake I made this week, so you can see for yourself how gorgeous it is.
I do love baking with rhubarb because this lip-puckeringly sour stalk magically transforms during baking into soft, subtly tart sweetness.
In this rhubarb cake, it is marvelous and even a revelation.
As they bake up, the juices of the ruby-red rhubarb and the sugar caramelize into a thick, gooey syrup that glazes the top of this moist, voluptuous cake and flows down its sides.
You really don’t have to worry about decorating this cake because it’s so pretty to look at right out of the pan– as indeed any upside down cake is. But the gorgeous color of the rhubarb, I think, makes this cake even more special (keep in mind that the color will depend on the color of the rhubarb you put in — some rhubarb stalks are more deeply colored than others).
It is rather important that you bake this cake in a springform pan, because that just makes it so much easier to unmold without messing up the glossy, exquisite top. If some pieces of rhubarb come off, just put them back on — no one will be able to tell the difference.
Once again, my apologies to readers who attempted this rhubarb ginger upside down cake and left me notes with their constructive criticism/feedback. This cake is for you! I hope you will make it again, and enjoy it.
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Vegan Rhubarb Ginger Upside Down Cake recipe:
Vegan Rhubarb Ginger Upside-Down Cake
- 2 2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (You can make this a whole wheat cake by using whole-wheat pastry flour or half all-purpose and half whole-wheat.)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 16 tbsp vegan butter (at room temperature)
- 1 1/4 cup nondairy milk
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a bowl, mix the chopped rhubarb, candied ginger, brown sugar and corn starch and set aside.
- Mix the milk and vinegar and set aside to curdle for a couple of minutes.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl, using the whisk attachment or a regular whisk, cream together the butter and the sugar until soft and fluffy, about two minutes.
- Add the milk-vinegar mixture, sugar, and vanilla extract and mix well.
- In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in three batches, mixing for about 20 seconds after each add, and scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula to ensure even mixing.
- Prepare a 10-inch springform pan by greasing the bottom and sides with oil or vegan butter. Cover the bottom with parchment paper which will make for much easier unmolding. Place the springform pan on a cookie sheet to catch any juices from the rhubarb that may leak out as the cake bakes.
- Place the chopped rhubarb in the bottom of the pan and spread evenly. You can make a decorative pattern, if you like.
- Pour the cake batter on top of the rhubarb and spread evenly. Smooth the top.
- Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Then invert a dish or a cake stand over the cake pan and carefully but quickly flip the cake. It is important to unmold the cake while it is still warm otherwise the juices will start sticking to the pan.
- Open the springform pan and remove. Carefully lift off the bottom and the parchment paper.
- Garnish, if you like, with more strips of candied ginger. Et voila!