A little lumpy bumpy, a little on the rustic side, this is a cake with a double identity – if you pop it in to bake just before you sit down to supper, then it’ll be ready for you to eat your first slice warm, all steaming and puddingy, with custard or cream.  But by the next day it has ceased in its existential struggle, and expresses itself solidly as cake, nothing more, nothing less.  It happens to perform cake very nicely, too – a little crumbly, but without falling apart, moist from the fruit, and with a hint of spice.  The marzipan is subtle – discernible every now and then as you get a piece in your forkful – but doesn’t overwhelm the fruit.  Lumpy bumpy success.




200g SR flour

150g golden caster sugar

150g butter

3 eggs

50g marzipan

About 3 thin stems rhubarb

1 large bramley apple

1/2 tsp. baking powder

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp. ground cardamom

1 tsp. ground mixed spice




Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

Peel, core, and slice the apple, and cut the rhubarb into about 1cm x 1cm pieces.  Chop the marzipan into small chunks.

Melt the butter over a low heat.  Meanwhile, lightly whisk the eggs with a fork in a large mixing bowl.  Add the sugar, and use an electric whisk to mix until well combined and a little frothy.  Add the butter and whisk in, then sift in the flour, baking powder, salt and spices.  Beat it in with a wooden spoon until just combined.

Spoon about two thirds of the batter into a large cake pan (lined and or greased if you’re not using a silicone pan), then scatter over the apple, rhubarb, and finally the marzipan.  Top with the remaining cake mixture (don’t worry if it doesn’t quite cover the fruit) then bake in the middle of the oven for about 40 minutes, depending on how hot it is.  Remember to eat a piece immediately!





  1. More rhubarb yumminess!

  2. Yum. I’m going to pick up some rhubarb today and I cannot wait to try your rhubarb cardamom flavor combo!

    1. Great! We went light on the cardamom here – double up on it for more warmth

  3. Karinna, this looks fabulous! I must look out for some rhubarb – I haven’t seen any at my greengrocers recently so I will ask…I really want to make this!!

    1. Thanks Selma! I hope you manage to sniff some out, do let me know if you make it!

      1. I will Karinna. Had a quick look today as I went by and there were none – I think he does a big market shop on Thursday to get ready for the weekend so will ask him to get some …

  4. I’ll save your recipe for when I start picking apples in our orchard this fall….it sounds good.

  5. […] have been meaning to make Karinna @ The Cheesy Biscuit’s Bramley Apple, Rhubarb and Marzipan Cake for some time now. I finally got my hands on some gloriously red stalks of rhubarb and settled in […]

  6. I have fresh rhubarb growing…we just planted them last year. Your recipe looks perfect, love the addition of marzipan!

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