Jaycee Dugard's therapist Dr. Rebecca Bailey introduced her to the concept of a connection cake. Baking a cake with loved ones can really help bring families together after difficult situations as a type of therapy. Jaycee's foundation for people who have experienced trauma, The JAYC Foundation, have shared this cake recipe as a way to heal, connect, and enjoy good food together. 

Recipe from The JAYC Foundation 

1/4 lb Unsalted butter
2 Large eggs
1 cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup All-purpose flour
1 tsp Baking powder
6 Stalks of rhubarb (cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
6 Kumquats (sliced thin)
3/4 cup Chopped walnuts

Cut a piece of parchment to fit the bottom of a 9x5 loaf pan. Butter the pan, then line with parchment. Preheat oven at 350°F.

Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside.

Melt butter. Then, in a standing mixing bowl, whisk eggs and sugar together. Then whisk in melted butter and vanilla.

Whisk batter until it thickens slightly and is light in color.

Add flour mixture in and beat until thick and smooth. Fold in fruit and walnuts.

Spoon batter into prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.

When cool, remove from spring form and discard the parchment. Cut and serve with orange tea and soft whipped unsweetened cream.