My Rhubarb Breakfast Cake is a classic, puffed up, fruity snack cake ~ the kind your grandma made, if you were lucky. It's packed with jammy bits of sweet/tart rhubarb and it's officially my favorite way to start the day.
1/2cup(or 116 grams) half and half, cream, or buttermilk
1/2cup(or 113 grams) unsalted butter at room temperature
1cup(or 214 grams) granulated sugar plus 2 tsp for sprinkling
1large egg, at room temperature
1 1/2tspvanilla extract
2cups(or 256 grams) all purpose flour, saving out 1 Tbsp to toss with rhubarb
2cupsthinly sliced rhubarb
Set oven to 350F Lightly butter a 9x9 square baking pan. I like to line the pan with parchment paper with overhanging ends so I can easily lift out the cooled cake for cutting. That's optional.
Stir the lemon juice into the half and half and set aside.
Cream the soft butter and sugar in a stand mixer, or with electric beaters, until fluffy and pale yellow. Beat in the egg and vanilla, scraping down the bowl as necessary.
Take 1 Tbsp of the flour to the rhubarb and toss well.
Whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder, and salt.
Add half of the flour mixture to the bowl and blend in. Add all of the half and half, and blend in. Finally add the rest of the flour and blend just until combined, don't over mix. Fold in the rhubarb. Note: the batter is on the thick side.
Spread the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the top evenly with a little sugar. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until the cake is turning golden and a toothpick in the center comes out without wet batter clinging to it (moist crumbs are fine.)
Let the cake cool slightly before cutting.
Other fruit like berries work beautifully in this rhubarb breakfast cake. Also try chopped banana.
Mix the topping sugar with a touch of cinnamon for a hint of spice.
For a lower fat option try buttermilk in place of the half and half and lemon. Half Greek yogurt and half milk would work, too.