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Aged Cheddar Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Those seeking a sweet and savory treat for the final weekend of Dairy Month need look no farther.

Tina Peterson from the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin showed us how to make a delightful dessert featuring cheddar and a summer staple: Aged Cheddar Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake.


  • 4 cups chopped rhubarb (about 1 pound)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1 to 2 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 ounces Deer Creek® 1 Year Select Specialty Cheddar cheese, finely shredded (1 1/2 cups)
  • Sweetened whipped cream


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a greased 10-inch ovenproof skillet with parchment paper; grease paper.
  2. Combine the rhubarb, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar and food coloring if desired in a large bowl; spread on the bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Cream the butter, remaining sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating each until well combined. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to butter mixture just until moistened. Fold in cheddar.
  4. Spoon batter over rhubarb mixture. Bake for 50-60 minutes or a until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  5. Carefully run a knife around edges of pan before inverting onto a serving platter. Remove parchment paper. Serve with whipped cream.

Recipe Tip

The color of the rhubarb topping will depend on the color of your rhubarb stalks; our stalks were crimson. We added red food coloring, optional, to the recipe if a brighter color is desired.

Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke anchors News 19 Daybreak weekday mornings.

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