Thursday, May 14, 2015

thursday recipe: rhubarb and vanilla cakes

We could call these muffins but really what is the difference between muffins and cake anyway? Is it that calling it a muffin tricks us into thinking they are somehow healthier? The ingredients are the same so let's call it as it is, today's recipe is rhubarb and vanilla cakes made with spelt flour. (I'm not using the word cupcake either because I have an aversion to the whole cupcake obsession that hopefully is over, sorry cupcake lovers).

Pete and I have been eating stewed rhubarb most mornings with natural yoghurt as is or with oat and chia porridge. River and Sol can't stand even the thought of eating rhubarb so I made some of these cakes with and some without, either way they are super delicious especially warm with butter.

Rhubarb and Vanilla Cakes - makes 8 in large muffin tray


100 grams butter, melted
2 cups white spelt flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bi carb soda
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 cup milk of choice
2 eggs, whisked
1 tsp ground vanilla
stewed rhubarb

To make

Preheat oven to 180C
In a large mixing bowl put in flour, baking powder, bi carb soda, coconut sugar and stir to combine.
In a small bowl mix eggs and milk.
Pour egg and milk mixture into dry ingredients and add in cooled melted butter and stir to mix ingredients together thoroughly.
Spoon batter into prepared muffin tray.
Make a little well in the top of each muffin and place a tablespoon of rhubarb in the centre, or leave some plain for those who don't like rhubarb.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden and cooked through.

My boys enjoyed the plain vanilla ones warm with butter for an after school snack yesterday, and this morning after a bowl of warm stewed apple + pear with cinnamon and yoghurt River had one toasted! What a way to start the day. Winter is in the air here and we're dreaming of heading north. As regular readers know each year we head north for winter, last year we went to Cape York, this year we are heading to the desert spending time in Alice Springs where Pete will work on Culture is Life.

How about you? Any travel plans this year? Do you escape winter or travel and homeschool your children? I'd love to hear your stories and especially love to know of any blogs you follow of families who do this.

Stay warm. Or cool depending on where you are!


  1. Oh Nikki, I am so envious of a Winter in Alice! We also usually do a road trip every year up north, although after a very long trip last year we will only be doing a shorter trip this year, and won't make it as far as the Centre. I find every year at about this time my desert longing kicks in. After my family moved from Alice Springs to SA when I was small, we still spent every winter there. My parents just took us out of school and we spent up to a few months in the desert. Dad did some jobs, both in town, and in some Indigenous communities we knew well. Sometimes we went to school in the communities we were visiting, other times we didn't. But those experiences had a profound impact, and indeed have shaped many of the decisions I have made in later life - what I chose to study, do for a job, and how to raise my own family. I think, especially in the primary years, the exposure to a different place and culture and landscape is all the learning they need.

    1. So great to read your experience Nic. I sometimes have anxiety about taking the boys out of school for such long periods but in my heart I know that the broad experience of life they are having will give them a unique way of seeing the world. Your words are reassuring!


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