Rhubarb sponge cake

Try this delicious rhubarb sponge cake recipe from Country Homes and Interiors for a tasty afternoon treat

Rhubarb sponge cake

Makes 10 slices

400g rhubarb
200g caster sugar
150g amaretti biscuits 225g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 4 medium free range eggs, lightly beaten 150g self-raising flour
½ tsp baking powder 150ml double cream
Icing sugar, for dusting

Step 1) Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/Gas 6. Trim and cut the rhubarb into 3cm lengths and transfer to a non-stick roasting tin. Sprinkle with 50g of the sugar and bake for 25 minutes until the rhubarb is soft and beginning to caramelise at the edges. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Reduce the temperature to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas 4.

Step 2) Grease and line the bases of two 20cm sandwich tins with buttered greaseproof paper. Crush the biscuits in a polythene bag using a rolling pin until finely ground.

Step 3) Tip into a bowl and add the remaining sugar, butter, eggs, flour and baking powder and beat using a hand-held electric whisk until smooth and creamy. Divide evenly between the tins and level the surface. Bake for 25 minutes or until just firm to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Step 40 To assemble, strain the rhubarb through a sieve, collecting the juices. Whip the cream until it just holds its shape. Drizzle the juices over both sponges, place one on a serving dish, spread with cream and cover with the rhubarb pieces. Place the second sponge on top. Serve lightly dusted with icing sugar.

Recipe by Joanna Farrow

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