Lemon Pound Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

by Shoshana on April 29, 2013 · 15 comments

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This past Sunday I took the kids to the farmers market for the first time in months. This being California the farmers markets are open year round, but the baby growing in my belly has left me exhausted. It takes quite a bit of energy  to navigate the farmers market with two small children, so it’s been a while. But now that spring is fully here I couldn’t resist going (I didn’t want to miss the oh so short and wonderful asparagus season) so I mustered all my energy, put the wagon in the car and off we went. The kids adore the farmers market as much as I do so it is always a treat to go. I love watching them sitting in their wagon munching on cucumbers and strawberries while I stock up on fruits and veggies for the week. The strawberries were so delicious that I bought a whole flat, I just couldn’t help myself. We shared some of the flat with my mom but that still left us with quite a lot of strawberries to eat and use. Which gave me the perfect excuse to get into the kitchen and start tinkering.

Strawberry and rhubarb are the natural spring paring. I absolutely adore rhubarb so I decided to make a strawberry rhubarb compote out of my bounty of strawberries. I love rhubarb sauce where the rhubarb is soft enough to fall apart but for this I wanted to match the rhubarb with the freshness of the berries. The rhubarb is cooked until just tender and then the fresh strawberries are mixed in. The end result yields a good balance of flavors but maintains the freshness of the strawberries because they are never cooked.

I needed something to serve the compote with and decided that a pound cake would be the perfect vehicle. I was planning on making a plain pound cake since the strawberry rhubarb compote had such great flavor but as I was making the cake my two year old (who was helping me bake) kept picking up a lemon from the fruit bowl and saying “we need dis, ema”. After putting him off a few times I decided to heed his advice and the pound cake became a lemon pound cake. It turns out he was right. The lemony pound cake deliciously compliments the strawberry rhubarb compote, making for the perfect spring dessert.

Lemon Pound Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Lemon Pound Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote


For Cake*

1 1/2 cups (6.75 oz) all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

1 cup (7.5 oz) sugar

½ cup (4 oz) refined coconut oil, melted

2 eggs

2 egg whites

finely grated zest of one lemon

1/2 cup (4 oz) coconut or almond milk

For Compote

1 pound fresh rhubarb, sliced into 1/2 inch slices

finely grated zest of one lemon

1 cup (7.5 oz) sugar

3/4 cup (6 ounces) water

2 cups (11 oz) fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered


To make the Cake:

Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with a parchment paper sling, leaving a two inch overhang of parchment on each side.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Place the sugar and coconut oil in the bowl of an electric mixer and using the whisk attachment beat until combined. Beat in the egg whites then the eggs, one at a time. Beat on medium-high until light and fluffy, approximately 3-5 minutes. Add the lemon zest and beat until combined.

Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Add ½ of the coconut milk and mix to combine. Repeat with the remaining flour mixture and coconut milk, ending with the flour mixture.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the middle comes out with moist crumbs. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool completely on a rack before slicing.

To make the Compote:

Bring the lemon zest, sugar and water to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Stir in the rhubarb. Bring the mixture back to a simmer and cook for two minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and cover. Let the mixture cool until just warm.

Combine 3/4 cup of the syrup with the strawberries and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to let the flavors blend. (The remaining syrup can be stored in the refrigerator and used to make la beautifully pink rhubarb lemonade)

* Cake recipe inspired by Alice Medrich's Olive Oil Bundt Cake



{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Ronnie Fein April 30, 2013 at 4:21 am

I need dis ema! One of my favorite favorite favorite things to eat: nothing like gobbling down fresh, local, spring strawberries, keeping enough to cook with new spring rhubarb and lemon pound cake! Oi! Wish I lived next door so I could run over and have some.


Shoshana April 30, 2013 at 10:24 pm

I wish you lived next door too! I would love to share this cake (or anything else) with you over a cup of tea!


stephanie April 30, 2013 at 6:34 am

never attempted to parve-ify pound cake… i guess that’s why we have you! going to try this for shabbat.


Shoshana April 30, 2013 at 10:24 pm

I avoided making a parve pound cake for a long time because, frankly, most pound cakes made with margarine are pretty yuck. But once I tried Alice Medrich’s recipe for an olive oil pound cake I knew that parve pound cakes are possible and delicious if using the right oils so I started experimenting. The key is to not over bake them or they come out dry and hard to swallow.


Barbara | Creative Culinary April 30, 2013 at 7:24 am

Despite winter deciding to hang around (60 today and snow predicted for tomorrow!) we are also getting in some gorgeous strawberries. I’ll often use a bunch making a simple strawberry pie but this compote sounds great and I’ve got rhubarb in the freezer…yeah!


Shoshana April 30, 2013 at 10:22 pm

I have to admit it is hard for me to imagine the possibility of snow right now, but a fresh strawberry pie sounds like a great way to welcome spring no matter the weather! The next flat of strawberries is going into a pie for sure!


Sina (@thekosherspoon) April 30, 2013 at 8:59 pm

i bought sweet lemons today to make a lemon cake and now Im seeing this, how befitting. i like how you paired it with a compote.


Hindy May 2, 2013 at 7:23 am

This pound cake looks fantastic. I love that you added strawberry and rhubarb to it.


Dani Klein @yeahthatskosher May 2, 2013 at 9:18 pm

mmmm pound cake mmmm (homer simpson voice)


Alison@Alibabka May 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm

sounds great! I love pound cake…i’m making a parve teramisu and I think I might use this recipe as the base (without the lemon)…sounds delic!


Melinda (Kitchen Tested) May 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm

This recipe is perfect for spring! I love anything with lemon and I’ve been looking for a good pound cake recipe. I’m excited to try it with the coconut oil.


jessica // the kosher foodies May 6, 2013 at 3:31 pm

i love the coconut oil in here


Melissa {lilmisscakes} May 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I have also been avoiding pareve pound cake! But I must try your recipe, it sounds so yummy, especially paired with the strawberry-rhubarb.


Alessandra (DinnerinVenice) May 19, 2013 at 2:49 am

I love the strawberry-rhubarb combo too! Just posted a recipe for it too :)


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