Vanilla-Almond Snack Cake with Rhubarb-Mascarpone Frosting

16 servings
20 min prep time
1 hr 30 min total time

This vanilla-almond snack cake from Carey Nershi of Reclaiming Provincial, is topped with a delightful rhubarb-mascarpone frosting.  Perfect for sharing! 



1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for dusting the pan

3 eggs, room temperature or warmed slightly (see Tip)

1 teaspoon (2 to 3 pods) vanilla bean seeds or vanilla bean puree

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

14 tablespoons Vermont Creamery Unsalted Cultured Butter - 82% Butterfat melted and cooled


1 cup rhubarb, chopped

2 tablespoons water

1 1/4 cups confectionery sugar

1/2 cup Vermont Creamery Mascarpone


  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 x 8-inch cake tin and dust it with sugar.

  • STEP 2

    Combine eggs and sugar in large bowl; beat 4-5 minutes or until mixture is pale yellow and almost doubled in size.

  • STEP 3

    Add vanilla bean seeds or paste, vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt. Stir in gently.

  • STEP 4

    Sift flour over top of batter and fold in gently. Repeat with melted butter.

  • STEP 5

    Pour batter into prepared cake pan. Bake 35-40 minutes or until it has turned golden brown and begun to pull away from edges of pan. Remove from oven and run a knife around edges of pan. Let cake cool in pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto wire rack. Let cool completely.

  • STEP 6

    Combine chopped rhubarb and 2 tablespoons water in blender or food processor. Blend until a smooth puree forms. Place a sieve over a bowl or measuring cup. Transfer puree to sieve and press to push liquid through. Discard pulp; set aside 3 tablespoons of rhubarb juice. Reserve any extra for another use.

  • STEP 7

    Combine reserved 3 tablespoons of rhubarb juice, 1 1/4 cups confectionery sugar, and 1/2 cup mascarpone in large bowl; stir until a smooth frosting forms. Spread frosting over cooled cake. Top with sprinkles or chopped almonds. Cut into squares. Refrigerate until chilled, or serve immediately if you can’t wait.

Carey Nershi 

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Carey Nershi 

Reformed picky eater Carey Nershi shares seasonal recipes, baked goods, and beverages on her Instagram page Careynotcarrie . A post-college migration to Vermont awakened Carey’s ties to the farm-to-table culture she experienced as a child in upstate New York, developing her love of from-scratch foods made with local fare and a desire to rethink what it means to be “provincial.”