Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Rhubarb provides a subtle tartness to this tasty coffee cake, while the topping provides a great sweetness and crunchiness.

By Yankee Magazine

Apr 25 2022


Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Photo Credit : Heath Robbins

This easy rhubarb coffee cake recipe works equally well when served for breakfast, a snack, or dessert (or all three in one day). Rhubarb provides a subtle tartness, while the topping provides a great sweetness and crunchiness.


12 servings

For the cake:


2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for pan
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for pan
1-1/2 cups firmly packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch chunks


Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan. Set aside.

In a medium-size bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until fluffy, 4—6 minutes. Beat egg in.

Add a third of the flour mixture and stir gently. Add half the sour cream and stir. Repeat with flour mixture, remaining sour cream, and remaining flour mixture. Stir in vanilla and rhubarb and spread batter into prepared pan.

For the topping:


1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter, melted


Make the topping: In a small bowl, combine sugar, nuts, cinnamon, and melted butter; sprinkle over the top of the cake. Bake 40—50 minutes.