This is a good blueprint to use for other fruit-topped cakes. Instead of rhubarb you could try sliced peaches, nectarines, plums, pears or apricots. You just need to make sure your fruit is tender and ripe – any hard, unripe fruit won’t soften in the half hour it takes the cake batter to cook.
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Apparently a few shops have been renaming blood oranges ‘blush’ oranges. Some of us seem to find the word ‘blood’ upsetting. ‘Blush’ is a lovely word, but it suggests shyness and that’s not what blood oranges are about. That crimson juice is not reserved. It’s bright, and it’s sharp.
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