Strawberry Rhubarb Lotus Bundt Cake

by Apr 28, 2024

I developed this recipe for the 2024 Spring issue of Edible Bozeman. It’s a strawberry-rhubarb version of what I call my Madeleine Cake, which is simply a really good pound cake—quatre-quarts, as they say in France. If you have strawberry-rhubarb compote, add it with the cut up strawberries and rhubarb. No rhubarb? An all strawberry version is delicious. I’ve made an Orange version which you might want to try. If you’re not at high-altitude, we’re at 5,000 feet in Bozeman and this recipe is built for that, reduce oven temp to 350° and use the same baking times as specified in the recipe.

This cake is baked in the Lotus bundt pan by Nordic Ware. It holds 6-cups of batter vs. the 10–12 cups of a standard bundt pan. An 8-inch square or round makes a fine substitute, just bake it about 5 minutes less.


Strawberry-Rhubarb Lotus Bundt Cake

makes one 6-cup bundt (or 6- or 8-inch round or square); adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Quatre-Quarts


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour Wheat Montana blue bag
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs, separated and at room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry-rhubarb compote optional
  • 1 heaping cup mixed fresh strawberries (quartered) and rhubarb pieces (½-inch, defrosted if frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter a 6-cup Lotus bundt (or 6- or 8-inch round or square) and dust with flour (or use baking spray). Melt butter and set aside to cool.

  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. Using an electric mixer with whisk attachment, beat egg whites until foamy, sprinkle in cream of tartar, and continue to beat until they hold firm peaks. Transfer to another bowl and set aside.

  3. Using whisk or paddle attachment, beat egg yolks, sugar, and cooled, melted butter until thick and pale yellow. If using compote, mix it with the strawberries and rhubarb. Add the fruit and vanilla to the batter and mix. Sprinkle in flour and mix just until combined. Fold one quarter of the egg whites into the batter. Gently fold in the remainder, scoop batter into prepared pan, and smooth the surface.

  4. Bake for 40–45 minutes (slightly less for a layer cake pan, 5 minutes), until top is golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes in pan then, if desired, invert onto a cooling rack. Keep loosely covered to preserve the crust. Enjoy plain or with strawberry rhubarb compote.



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