Today I’m featuring a recipe for Rhubarb Meringue Cake from one of the authors showcased in Bake, Love, Write: 105Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing.
Barbara Phinney is a multi-published USA Today bestselling author who retired from the military to raise her two children and soon turned her creativity toward writing historical and contemporary romance under her own name and mystery and science fiction under her Georgina Lee pen name. Read more about Barbara and her books at her website.
Rhubarb Meringue Cake
1-1/4 cups all–purpose flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup shortening
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups chopped rhubarb*
5 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
*Only use the fleshy red stems. Some rhubarb is sold with the leaves still on. Rhubarb leaves are poisonous.
Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, milk, shortening, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat on low mixer speed, scraping bowl constantly, for 30 seconds. Beat again at high speed for three minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally.
Pour batter into a 9-10” cake pan. Do not use an 8” pan as the addition of rhubarb will make it overflow. Spread the rhubarb on top of the batter. Do not mix. Bake for 45 minutes or until knife comes out clean from the center. Allow to cool.
Meanwhile, beat the egg whites until foamy. Add remaining sugar. Beat until soft peaks form. Add cream of tartar and remaining vanilla extract. Beat until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue on top of cake.
Brown meringue in 400 degree F oven until peaks and edges are brown. Cool before serving. Meringue can weep after a day or two, but it still tastes good!
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