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German Rhubarb Meringue Cake – Rhabarber Baiser Kuchen

German Rhubarb Meringue Cake – Rhabarber Baiser Kuchen

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Tucked away in an old journal I found a few browned pages that I hand copied from my Oma’s recipe drawer. She always took a short nap after lunch, so naturally, I took the opportunity to grab a few recipes that otherwise might have been lost. (Before you judge… I did get Oma approval. I think she reasoned that the best way for adult-ish me to enjoy real German cakes in America would be to bake them myself.)  She would bake the Rhubarb Meringue Cake or Rhabarber Baiser Kuchen with the Rhubarb from her garden… and then my cousins and I would enjoy it with a coffee or Fanta in the afternoon while sitting on her patio while soaking up the sunshine.

german rhubarb meringue cake

This German Rhubarb Meringue cake uses 2 pounds of Rhubarb (that’s around 7 or 8 stalks of rhubarb) so you get lots of tart fruit in every bite. The topping of sweet meringue balances the tartness, and the crispness gives it just a tiny bit of crunch. Unfortunately, that meringue topping doesn’t stay crisp overnight… so it’s best eaten the day you bake it. (When my guy heard that, he had no regrets at all reaching for a second slice, and the third…. no sense letting it go to waste)

Bake one this weekend… your Kaffeeklatsch group will love it! It’s the perfect cake for a summer afternoon.

german rhubarb meringue cake

German Rhubarb Meringue Cake Recipe

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How to make the German Rhubarb Meringue Cake

Slice the Rhubarb, toss with sugar, set aside

German Rhubarb meringue cake

Mix the batter until smooth

German Rhubarb meringue cake

Stir in the Rhubarb, then spread into the prepared cake pan
Then bake 35 minutes at 350°F

German Rhubarb meringue cake

With 5 minutes left on the timer, Whip the egg whites while slowly adding the sugar.
You want glossy peaks.

German Rhubarb meringue cake

Spread the meringue over the hot cake, then return it to the oven for 20 minutes longer

German Rhubarb meringue cake

When the meringue is browned and lovely, pull it out of the oven, and let cool a bit on a rack

German Rhubarb meringue cake

If your meringue flowed over the edges, you can push it back so that it releases from the pan nicely.
Lift the edge a bit with your finger, then cut away from the pan with a knife.

German Rhubarb meringue cake
Slice with a clean knife to get a nice edge

German Rhubarb meringue cake

Perfect with a coffee...

German Rhubarb meringue cake

 

 

German Rhubarb meringue cake

 

Comment(6)

  1. Hi Karen. That cake looks good, but I don’t like Rhubarb. I do have a question for you. My daughter loves Cream cheese poundcake. That cake never comes out of the cake form. I have tried putting a hot towel over the cake form, and I also have put it back in the oven for a little while. It is stuck in the cake form. I do grease and flour my cake form. Nothing helps. I have tried losing the cake with a knife. The whole cake is nothing but crumbs. Of course, she eats the crumbs. Do you have any suggestion how I can get that cake out in one piece? I have hit the cake form, nothing I do helps. I would appreciate your advice. Thank you and have a great day. Gigi.

  2. Hi Karen, When you make your Rhubarb cake does the Rhubarb soften up when it is baked? I just made a Rhubarb/Strawberry pie yesterday and my husband said I did not cook it enough because it was watery inside when I cut out a piece for him and the Rhubarb was crunchie? He said it needs to be softer. I had it in the oven 20 minutes and because I had to brush the top of the pie with egg yolk and sugar, it started to brown quicker and I was very worried, so that was why I took it out quicker. Should I have put aluminum foil on the top and kept it in so it would of been cooked better and the Rhubarb less crunchy? This was my very first time doing this pie. Thanks for your response and sharing all your recipes with us. My husband is German/Dutch decent and loves Rhubarb.

    1. The Rhubarb does soften up. The cake bakes much longer than your pie. Cut the pieces small, and toss them with some sugar before you start the batter.

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