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Rhubarb Cake Recipe

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This recipe for Rhubarb Cake, by , is from The Whitcher Family Descendants Cookbook , one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Karon Davenport Nason 1954
Added: Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Category:
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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
3/4 cup margarine
2 cups sugar
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 cups rhubarb, chopped
Topping:
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:
Directions:
Cream together all cake ingredients and pour into a greased and floured 9x13 pan.

Before baking combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over the top of the batter.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Well one day in the spring Ma sent Zan, Gib and Roy to the Tardy Place to get some rhubarb which she knew grew there. We had rhubarb sauce for supper that evening. The next day Gib was very sick. Ma tried all the remedies that she knew, but his temperature rose higher each day and he was delirious. Pa went to Adams for the doctor. When the doctor arrived and had examined Gib, he said the boy had been poisoned. The other boys were questioned to find out what they had eaten. They said they had killed a snake with their pocket knife and had used the knife later to cut the rhubarb. Today we know that the leaves of the rhubarb plant are poisonous and that is probably what he had eaten.

The doctor returned in a few days. Gib was still very ill with fever and thirsty. He was given nothing but chipped ice for a while. The doctor said that we must have an icecap to bring the fever down. Now our family did not have such a thing but someone knew the Cronnell’s did. I was about five years old and there was no one to send. Pa had taken the doctor back to Adams and Zan and Roy were bringing the cows in from the pasture and doing chores. I was a little scared at going as it was two miles and it was nearly four o’clock and it would be dark through the woods. I started out to run all the way, but that didn’t last long. When I got to the Mosey meadow, I took a shortcut up the steep meadow and by a small cemetery to the Connell home. The icecap had been loaned to another neighbor a half mile away. I nearly lost heart then, but Mrs. Connell said that Annie could walk with me. She also walked back with me to the top of the big meadow. I hurried home as fast as could but it was nearly dark and Ma was really worried. She could not go to look for me as she had to stay with Gib. She sent Zan and Roy, but by then I was nearly home.

Gib was sick so long with the fever that when he began to recover, he couldn’t walk alone. Ma would wrap him in a blanket, and he would sit in a rocking chair on the porch. He lost all of his hair and was quite bald for a little while. When the hair grew in, it was black and very curly.

 

 

 

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