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Rhubarb Coffee Cake

This is another recipe from my mother in law Pauline. Her baking was and still is always perfect and was such a good inspiration for me as a young homemaker. This rhubarb cake isn't especially pretty but is tastes just wonderful. The cake is kept moist from the rhubarb and the topping of brown sugar, and butter makes a crisp and in the crater spots, a chewy bite.

Rhubarb Cake
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk (1 teaspoon white vinegar in a cup of milk)
  • 2 cups of finely chopped rhubarb dusted with a tablespoon of flour
Topping ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Cream the 1/2 cup butter and sugar together until light and creamy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and combine.
  4. Stir together the dry ingredients.
  5. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture.
  6. Add 1/3 of the milk. . and repeat until all the flour and milk and butter mixture are combined.
  7. Add the chopped rhubarb.
  8. Combine the topping mixture to make coarse crumbs.
  9. Spray a 9 X 13 pan with cooking spray.
  10. Spread the cake mixture into the pan. . and sprinkle the topping over evenly.
  11. Bake for 45 minutes.


  1. I love rhubarb -- will have to try this coffeecake for a weekend breakfast.

  2. my rubbarb has just started to pop up... about 2more weeks. It's one of the only crops I don't mess up. :)

  3. This is going onto my list for when my rhubarb is ready

  4. Rhubarb is just the best thing in spring and this recipe for coffeecake looks oh so looks pretty enough to me!

  5. I was just asking the kids yesterday how their rhubard is doing and it looks like I'll be able to try this soon. Looks good with that bit of whipping cream on top!

  6. I've never heard of rhubarb cake...I have had strawberry rhubarb pie and it's wonderful, so I'll have to try the cake...yummy! Linda

  7. I think I want me some of this cake please :0)

  8. This looks so good. I never think beyond strawberry/rhubard pie. My husband will thank you. LOL

  9. It looks great...can hardly wait for the first rhubarb to come up and to make this delish cake...thanks for sharing

  10. Rhubarb coffee cake goes over well out here...and we've lots of rhubarb to work with these days. Your cake looks yummy.

  11. I made this cake a few days ago with rhubarb from the garden. My family thought it was wonderful. I will certainly be making it again.

    Sonya, Australia

    By the way, I like the way you frequently use the same size tin for your cakes (9x13). This makes it so easy and means I'm not constantly wishing I had a huge range of cake tins!

  12. I am going to make this by the end of the week!! Thanks so much :)

  13. I make this same recipe! I serve it with "Warm Sauce": 1 c. brown sugar, 1 c. white sugar, 1 c. light cream, 2 tsp. flour, 1/2 c. butter. Cook together till smooth and creamy. Add 2 tsp. vanilla. It's so yummy on this cake!!

  14. I make this same recipe! I serve it with "Warm Sauce". 1 c. brown sugar, 1 c. white sugar, 1 c. light cream, 2 tsp. flour, 1/2 c. butter. Cook together till smooth and creamy. Add 2 tsp. vanilla. It's so yummy on this cake!!

  15. Good recipe, works fine, even with a few mods I made:less sugar, two eggs, no topping (instead I used some cinnamon bun topping left over)... thanks.

  16. just made it, delicious!

  17. Can you use frozen rhubarb?

  18. Just made this cake it is delicious.Will definately make it again!


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