Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake
1 1/4 lb. rhubarb, cleaned and trimmed
1 c. granulated sugar
1 3/4 C. sifted cake flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
3/4 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground ginger
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/2 C. butter, softened
3/4 C. firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 t. vanilla extract
3/4 C. milk
4 large egg whites
Preheat the oven to 325° F. Line the bottom of a deep 9-inch cake pan with parchment paper.
Cut the rhubarb into 3/4-inch pieces. In a medium-sized bowl combine the rhubarb and 3/4 C. granulated sugar. Spread the rhubarb in the bottom of the cake pan. Set aside.
Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the butter and brown sugar. Using the paddle attachment, beat on medium speed until light. Add the vanilla extract to the milk. Decrease to low speed and alternately add the dry ingredients and milk. Once all the ingredients have been added, increase to medium speed and beat the mixture for 2 minutes.
In a clean bowl with an electric mixer, using the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites on medium speed until frothy. Increase to high speed, slowly add the remaining sugar and whisk until soft peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the cake batter. Spread the batter over the rhubarb.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 70 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes. Run a knife around the inside edge of the pan, invert the cake onto a serving platter, and remove the parchment paper.
Makes 8-10 servings.