Rhubarb coffee cake

Rhubarb is just coming into season and my grocery store was recently offering two-for-one deals on it, so I bought a load of it this weekend and made my very favourite rhubarb dish — rhubarb coffee cake. I love coffee cake (I mean, who doesn’t?!), and the rhubarb adds a tangy dimension to it that is seriously so good. I love to make it when we have guests staying with us because it fills the house with that sweet cinnamon smell. Plus, it is dead easy to make — it’s another one of those ‘throw all ingredients into a bowl and stir’ type of recipes.

This recipe comes from one of my very favourite cookbooks, Alice Bay — the same source of the blueberry muffin and carrot cake recipes which I’ve raved about previously.  Here is the recipe:

Rhubarb Coffee Cake:

-½ cup butter (115 grams)
-1½ cups sugar
-1 egg
-1 cup buttermilk
-2 cups flour
-pinch of salt
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-2 cups finely chopped rhubarb

For topping:
-½ cup sugar
-1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C)
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and beat until smooth. Add buttermilk and beat until well mixed. Gradually add the flour, salt, baking soda and then vanilla. Fold in the rhubarb.
Pour batter into a 9×13-inch pan. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle on top. Bake for 35-45 minutes.


For a printable version of this recipe, click here.



Comments (11)

April 14, 2010

I LOVE both the blueberry muffins and the carrot cake — so this can’t go wrong!! Will be on the lookout for rhubarb!

April 14, 2010

yum! i have been wanting to make something with rhubarb. looks like this will be it..

daniela gfeller
April 15, 2010

Esther, noticed Rhubarb in most of the veggie shops in Amsterdam! gotta try it too 🙂 ciao

April 16, 2010

Will have a look this afternoon — rhubarb coffee cake this weekend FOR SURE!

April 15, 2010

Yummy!!! I bought rhubarb at the market yesterday! Thanks for this recipe, I can’t wait to try it! I usually make “tarte à la rhubarbe”, but it will be “rhubarb coffee cake” this time!

April 15, 2010

didn’t even have to read your post. As soon as I saw the title “Rhubard coffee cake” I knew I would like to try it. sounds great!

April 17, 2010

Oh! I love rhubarb. I miss my mom’s patch growing up at home. It was so tasty fresh from the garden.

April 18, 2010

Ha ha I read that three times trying to work out when to add the coffee.

Looks delicious!

April 19, 2010

Cate — that is too funny! I should have been more clear… Coffee cake is a cake meant to be eaten with coffee. It doesn’t have coffee in it!!!!!

April 19, 2011

i made it at the weekend, so delicious and easy! i got to the market a bit late and they only had 2 sticks of rhubarb left so i added some apple too. super yummy! thanks for sharing. are all the recipes in alice bay’s cookbook so good? if so i’m considering getting a used copy from amazon (it seems to be out of print…)

April 26, 2011

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