Canada Day Coconut Rhubarb Cake
Every Canada Day our family goes to the cottage. This year will be our 10th annual Canada Day party with a bunch of our good friends, 18 to be exact. People are littered throughout the cottage, the yard, the river and the lake. There is a croquet tournament each year (which I have not won since the first annual Canada Day up there) and new games are constantly created while we BBQ and enjoy the (hopefully) good weather.
Things have changed. Its used to be all us single kids going up and partying all night, now we all bring our spouses and kids. It’s changed and stayed the same in a really amazing way.
It truly is something to look forward to each and every year. I’m about as giddy as the kids!
We try to keep things simple when it comes to food. Instead of one person in charge of everything, we split up the meals between all of us. Generally each carload of people that comes to the cottage takes a meal. It has worked really well in the past-so we continue.
My husband and I are usually the first ones up, although now that we have a bunch of kiddos coming, that might be changing (Horray!).
No matter, breakfast is an obvious choice for our meal. But one thing I also do every year is the Canada Day cake for dessert. In the past, it has been a pretty unhealthy white cake covered in icing and strawberries in the shape of our flag. Cute, but totally unhealthy. I changed it up years ago to this cake-which was a HIT.
I’m going to be honest with you all. I’m pretty sure we’re going full dirty with white cake cupcakes this year…but this Coconut Rhubarb cake will most likely make an appearance.
It’s all about balance!
Not many people think of rhubarb when they think of Canada (or maybe they do, I don’t know), but it’s always RAMPANT in Ontario around this time of year. The stalks grow so HUGE and I’m happy to pick them and make compotes, muffins, jams, tarts, pies and now…this coconut rhubarb cake. YUM!
With the trend right now to eat every part of your food, including roots, leaves, stems and such, I should mention that rhubarb leaves are POISONOUS. Just saying. Don’t eat them. Probably a bad idea.
No matter where I have lived-different parts of Toronto, Petawawa, and now we’re back in the city…rhubarb is growing somewhere close by. It’s in your neighbour’s garden. Trust me. Someone near you grows this in their garden and if you see it-just ask! I’m sure they’ll spare a stalk or two…just promise them a piece of cake in return.
Ok…maybe this will be included in our breakfast buffet instead…there’s fruit in there…right?