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Old Fashioned Fresh Rhubarb Cake Recipe

This Old Fashioned Fresh Rhubarb Cake Recipe is a tried and true favorite that makes a cake big enough to feed a crowd. An easy crumble topping replaces the frosting! Can also be easily adapted to make rhubarb muffins. 

pieces of old fashioned fresh rhubarb cake on blue plates

Old Fashioned Fresh Rhubarb Cake

One of the things I love most about spring and summer is the arrival of homegrown fresh fruit and vegetables. I don’t grow any fruit myself, but there is a local market right down the street that has just about everything I need. That’s where I found the rhubarb for today’s old fashioned fresh rhubarb cake recipe. I’m not sure it was local but it looked really fresh and I couldn’t resist. If you don’t have a farm market, I actually saw some at Kroger and it looked very nice. Look for red stalks that snap when you break them. 

diced rhubarb for rhubarb cake or rubarb muffins batter

The Rhubarb Cake Recipe

This recipe is an old one from a women’s club cookbook I’ve had forever. I have tried different variations of the ingredients and this version is my favorite. There is something very homey and comforting about this cake. It’s hearty and it made my whole house smell wonderful while it was baking. 

rhubarb cake or rhubarb muffins batter in baking dish

Instead of frosting, I added a crumb topping that adds the little bit of extra sweetness the rhubarb needs. You could, of course, use frosting but this route is much easier. As soon as it cools for about 10 minutes, it’s ready to cut and serve. 

rhubarb cake batter in baking dish withe struesel

Old Fashioned Fresh Rhubarb Cake | Tried and true recipe that makes a cake big enough to feed a crowd. An easy crumble topping replaces frosting and adds the perfect finishing touch!

Old Fashioned Fresh Rhubarb Cake

This Old Fashioned Fresh Rhubarb Cake Recipe is a tried and true favorite that makes a cake big enough to feed a crowd. An easy crumble topping replaces the frosting! Can also be easily adapted to make rhubarb muffins. 
5 from 1 vote
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 pieces
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

Cake

  • 3 cups fresh diced rhubarb
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt sour cream or sour milk

Topping

  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine diced rhubarb and 1 cup sugar in a bowl. Stir to combine. Set aside
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening, 1 cup sugar, egg and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
  • One cup at a time while mixing, add flour mixture to shortening mixture, alternating with the greek yogurt. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl at least twice.
  • Fold in rhubarb (including the juice) and stir until combined well. Batter will be rather thick.
  • Spoon batter into a prepared 9 x 13 pan and spread to the sides.
  • Combine the topping ingredients with a fork. Make sure that all the butter is mixed in well.
  • With your fingers, crumble topping on top of batter.
  • Bake for 45 - 50 minutes until knife inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  • Cool or serve warm with whipped cream.

Notes

I prepare my baking pans with Baker's Joy.
I used 4 stalks of rhubarb. Each was about 15 inches long.
I used low fat greek yogurt.
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Rhubarb Muffins

The really nice thing about this recipe is that it can easily be adapted to make rhubarb muffins. They would be a perfect early spring treat for breakfast or for a snack. 

If you aren’t a rhubarb fan, any firm fruit could be substituted. I think it would be delicious with peaches or blueberries. I have never tried that so if you do, let me know what you think. 

There’s not much new around here. My hostas and day lilies are poking through the soil. I’m itching to get out and clean my front porch but the weather needs to cooperate first! 

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