Upside down rhubarb ginger and hazelnut cake

Ginger-spiced rhubarb gives this upside down cake its vibrant red colour and a beautiful tart flavour that balances nicely with the delicate hazelnut cake.

  • 1 hr 30 mins cooking plus cooling
  • Serves 12
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Upside down rhubarb ginger and hazelnut cake
We've used a square cake pan and used the rhubarb to form a grid pattern on the cake. Choose rhubarb with even-sized, very pink stalks, or buy two bunches so you can select even stalks.


  • 8 stalks rhubarb (500g), cut into 9.5cm lengths
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped uncrystallised sweet ginger (naked ginger)
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) ginger cordial
  • ¾ cup (165g) caster sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • ¼ cup (60ml) light olive oil
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
  • ½ cup (50g) hazelnut meal (ground hazelnuts)
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 160°C (140°C fan-forced). Grease a deep 22cm square cake pan; line base and sides with baking paper, extending the paper 5cm over the top.
  • 2
    Arrange rhubarb on base of pan, in a single layer, in a grid-like pattern. Sprinkle ginger over rhubarb; drizzle with cordial.
  • 3
    Beat ½ cup of sugar with egg yolks in a small bowl with an electric mixer on high speed for 5 minutes or until thick and pale. Add oil, buttermilk and vanilla; beat on low speed until just combined. Fold in flour and hazelnut meal until just combined.
  • 4
    Beat egg whites in a clean small bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar and cream of tartar, beating until firm peaks form. Fold one-third of the egg white mixture into cake mixture; fold in the remaining egg white mixture. Pour mixture over rhubarb.
  • 5
    Bake cake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool cake in pan; it will shrink slightly. Turn cake out onto a plate.
  • 6
    Serve cake with thick cream for morning or afternoon tea, or warm with custard or ice-cream for a dessert, if desired.


Suitable to freeze. Not suitable to microwave

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