Friday, May 16, 2008

Rhubarb Coffee Cake...

If you're looking for a nice moist coffee cake...and you have rhubarb that needs cutting...I have just the recipe for you!

Ryder helped me pick the rhubarb...assured me that he did not want to taste it...and was my assistant in the kitchen as I prepared the cake. Let's just say, he tired of the process long before the cake was ready for the oven! And my step-by-step photos never happened, as my helper would not have had that much patience.

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tablespoon melted butter

(Mix ingredients until crumbly and set aside.)

1/2 cup butter or shortening
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup sour cream
2 cups chopped rhubarb

Cream butter and brown sugar...add egg.
Add dry ingredients alternately with sour cream and stir until smooth.
Stir in chopped rhubarb.

Turn into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan.

Sprinkle with crumbs.

Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes.

We had warm rhubarb cake for dessert, fresh out of the oven...

...and coffee to go with it, of course.

There's a reason it's called 'coffee cake'...but you could try it with tea, if you insist! This cake is slightly large for two people to eat at one sitting...but it freezes well.

It is a glorious day out there today...and I'm planning to plant my garden. It is rather a dwarf garden, compared to my gardens of old...but I love it (especially the little herb garden).

Have a wonderful weekend,


  1. I can not wait to try this! I love rhubard...I have to travel to Charlotte to buy it, but it's worth the's too hot to grow it successfully here, which is my misfortune! But I do manage to get enough to parboil and freeze...fresh is much better, tho!

  2. This looks so good. I volunteer to assist with leftovers. I have some great kona blend that I can bring to share. I know they would be delicious together.

  3. I don't have rhubarb growing here and it's too expensive at the grocery, so I'm gonna have to take your word for how delicious this is! Perhaps I'll send the recipe to my sister in law in Illinois since they have tons of the stuff growing in their yard! LOL!
    Thanks for the yummy photo!!


  4. Oh this is a good one Judy, one of my favorites. I haven't made this one yet this year. . but I surely will now.
    It seems so sad that not everyone can grow a rhubarb plant behind their compost. . .so sad.
    Enjoy the gorgeous weather.

  5. Yum. I must be the only one who does not have rhubarb growing in their back yard tucked away in some corner. Perhaps I could start one. I remember my mother clucking how it always seemed to 'take over' everything else yet us kids would love her rhubarb strawberry platz and crunching on raw sticks dipped in sugar is great memory on such a sunny warm spring day as this....enjoy your herb garden. That is what I am down to these days...potted herbs on a sunny kitchen deck. Thats the extent of my gardening expertise or time these days.

  6. My goodness Judy...that looks pretty wonderful !! I think coffee for the occasion would do quite nicely...

    I saw rhubarb in the grocery store the other day...for a very small packet...over 4.00 I didn't buy it ...I'll enjoy it vicariously through your lovely pictures :)Have a beautiful weekend...

  7. I am going to try this. How tall does rhubarb need to be before picking? I think mine is getting close. I know that I am supposed to pull the stalk out of the plant from the base instead of cutting with a knife...I think someone told me that.

    Looks yum! (I'll enjoy mine with coffee, too.) Glad that you had such a fine helper in the kitchen!

  8. Thanks Judy, I baked 2 recipes yesterday. Gave one to our son and kids and the other we are enjoying. Delicious.

  9. Thank you for visiting my blog! Yours is lovely!

    I just read your centennial post, and found out you grew up in Canada, and now I'm curious as to how your brother ended up farming near Waterloo, Iowa!

    I will add you to my blog list, which doesn't have anyone from your part of Canada yet. I really enjoy seeing photos of other parts of the world.

  10. It sounds yummy. I wish we had rhubarb. I grew up with it. I used to eat it raw as a kid.


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