Old Fashioned Rhubarb Coffee Cake – A Recipe for Rhubarb Streusel Coffee Cake

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Old Fashioned Rhubarb Coffee Cake recipe features a homemade cake filled with delicious rhubarb and a crunchy cinnamon sugar topping.  This recipe for rhubarb streusel coffee cake will quickly become one of your favorite coffee cake recipes.

Old Fashioned Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Yum, this recipe for rhubarb cake with cinnamon sugar topping is the best!  It would pair delightfully with coffee for breakfast or is perfect enough to eat as a dessert.

Every year, I am looking for new recipes to try to use the bounty from our rhubarb plant.  On top of the list is Grandma’s Rhubarb Pie, but I also have discovered Rhubarb Bread, Rhubarb Muffins and Grandma’s Rhubarb Streusel.

Rhubarb Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe

Recently, I was scouring an old cookbook called Carefree County Cooks from Imogene, Iowa where I found this homemade Rhubarb Cake recipe.  After whipping it up and delivering a warm slice to Dad, I immediately got a text message saying that this recipe was blog-worthy (straight from Dad’s mouth, and he’s a rhubarb expert).

The cake recipe is simple to make, and consists of pantry staples – butter, brown sugar, egg, buttermilk, flour, soda, vanilla, salt, cinnamon and nuts. I had all the ingredients on hand, and you probably do too.  I would definitely classify this as an old-fashioned recipe; no fancy ingredients involved.

Old Fashioned Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe features a homemade cake filled with delicious rhubarb and a crunchy cinnamon sugar topping.  This will quickly become one of your favorite coffee cake recipes.

Ingredient List for Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Butter, softened

Brown Sugar

Egg

Flour

Baking Soda

Salt

Buttermilk (or milk mixed with vinegar or lemon juice)

Vanilla Extract

Rhubarb, diced

Streusel Topping Ingredients

Ground Cinnamon

White Sugar

Chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans of sliced almonds)

How To Make Easy Rhubarb Cake:

Instructions

  1. Prepare the cake batter by creaming brown sugar, butter and egg.
  2. Mix together buttermilk and vanilla, set aside.
  3. Sift flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. Alternately add buttermilk, and flour mixture to creamy butter mixture.
  5. Pour into a prepared 9 x 13 inch pan.
  6. Mix ground cinnamon, white sugar and chopped nuts.
  7. Sprinkle over cake batter.
  8. Bake in preheated 350 degree F until toothpick comes out clean.

Find the full recipe steps and ingredient amounts for rhubarb cake with cinnamon sugar topping can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Notes About Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake Recipe:

  • This rhubarb cake is simple! I broke the recipe down into creaming the butter mixture and then adding the dry ingredients alternately with the wet ingredients. However, if you are short on time or are feeling lazy, just toss all the cake ingredients in together and mix well.  Easy as pie, or cake that is.
  • I diced the rhubarb in 1/2 inch chunks.
  • The topping calls for nuts, and you can pick your favorite or whatever you have on hand. I used sliced almonds, but the recipe calls for chopped pecans.  There is no right or wrong.
  • If you aren’t familiar with what parts of the rhubarb are safe to eat, check out this post to learn more.
  • Buttermilk may be the one ingredient that you don’t have on hand. Here’s a substitute – fill up the measuring cup almost to the 1 cup line with regular milk and then add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar.  In a few minutes, you’ll have buttermilk.  I use this trick all the time.

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Old Fashioned Rhubarb Coffee Cake - A Recipe for Rhubarb Streusel Coffee Cake

Old Fashioned Rhubarb Coffee Cake recipe features a homemade rhubarb cake with a cinnamon sugar topping.  This will quickly become one of your favorite coffee cake recipes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy rhubarb cake, rhubarb coffee cake, rhubarb coffee cake with cinnamon sugar topping, rhubarb streusel coffee cake
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 251kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

Rhubarb Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups rhubarb, diced

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cups chopped nuts (your favorite type)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9 x 13 inch baking dish by greasing and flouring.
  • With a mixer, cream brown sugar, softened butter and egg until smooth.
    Old Fashioned Rhubarb Coffee Cake recipe features a homemade rhubarb cake with a cinnamon sugar topping.  This will quickly become one of your favorite coffee cake recipes.
  • In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda and salt.
    Old Fashioned Rhubarb Coffee Cake recipe features a homemade rhubarb cake with a cinnamon sugar topping.  This will quickly become one of your favorite coffee cake recipes.
  • Mix vanilla and buttermilk together.
    Old Fashioned Rhubarb Coffee Cake recipe features a homemade rhubarb cake with a cinnamon sugar topping.  This will quickly become one of your favorite coffee cake recipes.
  • Alternately add buttermilk and flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture. Do not over-mix.  Once completely incorporated, stir in diced rhubarb.
    Old Fashioned Rhubarb Coffee Cake recipe features a homemade rhubarb cake with a cinnamon sugar topping.  This will quickly become one of your favorite coffee cake recipes.
  • Pour cake batter into prepared dish. 
    Old Fashioned Rhubarb Coffee Cake recipe features a homemade rhubarb cake with a cinnamon sugar topping.  This will quickly become one of your favorite coffee cake recipes.
  • In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon and nuts. Sprinkle evenly over batter.
    Old Fashioned Rhubarb Coffee Cake recipe features a homemade rhubarb cake with a cinnamon sugar topping.  This will quickly become one of your favorite coffee cake recipes.
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
    Old Fashioned Rhubarb Coffee Cake recipe features a homemade rhubarb cake with a cinnamon sugar topping.  This will quickly become one of your favorite coffee cake recipes.

Notes

 
  • If you are short on time or are feeling lazy, just toss all the cake ingredients in together and mix well.  Easy as pie, or cake that is.
  • I diced the rhubarb in 1/2 inch chunks.
  • The topping calls for nuts, and you can pick your favorite or whatever you have on hand. I used sliced almonds, but the recipe calls for chopped pecans or walnuts.  There is no right or wrong.
  • If you aren't familiar with what parts of the rhubarb are safe to eat, check out this post to learn more.
  • Buttermilk may be the one ingredient that you don't have on hand. Here's a substitute - fill up the measuring cup almost to the 1 cup line with regular milk and then add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar.  In a few minutes, you'll have buttermilk.  I use this trick all the time.
  • Try this amazing Moist Rhubarb Cake.

Nutrition

Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 229IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

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10 Comments

  1. Bij het recept onderaan staat er bij de ingrediënten geen room. Bij de instructies staat onder cijfer 2 :
    Met een mixer, room bruine suiker, zachte boter en ei tot een gladde massa.
    Is dit juist en zo ja, hoeveel room moet erbij?
    Dank.

      1. Cream is another word for mix in English. So the instructions are to mix (cream) together the ingredients listed. Hope that makes sense!

  2. Would this come out ok if I completely thawed and drained frozen rhubarb and then made the cake? Thinking of making it for Valentine’s Day. Thank you!

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