Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake

This delicious Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake recipe comes straight from my grandmother’s cookbook!

I love it more each time I make it, and it’s sure to be a hit in your home, too!

Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake ... treat yourself to slice (or two) of this delicious treat! This easy rhubarb cake recipe comes straight from my grandmother's cookbook and has a tender crumb that pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee and a dollop of fresh whipped cream! It's sure to become a treasured heirloom recipe in your home, too. | Hello Little Home

My sister Kristin and I live in different states. We both love to cook, so when we get together there’s almost nothing I enjoy more than spending a little time in the kitchen.

On one visit a couple years ago, Kristin pulled out my grandma’s cookbook.

I love flipping through the pages of this cookbook. Some of the recipes are familiar and others seem strange.

Almost none of the recipes have instructions, which can make preparing them a challenge!

My sister has a large rhubarb plant in her yard (like many Wisconsonites do!), so we made a delicious Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake from the cookbook. It’s been a favorite ever since!

Treat yourself to slice (or two) of this Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake! This easy cake recipe has a delicious tender crumb, and it comes straight from my grandmother's cookbook! It's sure to become a treasured heirloom recipe in your home, too. | Hello Little Home

I don’t remember my grandmother ever making this cake, but I wish I did. If you are searching for rhubarb cake recipes, you have to try this one!

This simple rhubarb cake recipe has a really tender crumb, and between the crunchy topping and tangy rhubarb, it’s hard to stop at one piece. I loved this Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake so much, that I made it again for my husband when I returned home!

If you’ve never had rhubarb before, this cake is a good place to start.

Rhubarb grows low to the ground and has red stalks and large leaves. Only the stalks are edible, and they need to be cooked to bring out their delicious flavor.

Because it’s tart, rhubarb is often combined with strawberries and other sweet fruits.

Treat yourself to slice (or two) of this Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake! This easy cake recipe has a delicious tender crumb, and it comes straight from my grandmother's cookbook! It's sure to become a treasured heirloom recipe in your home, too. | Hello Little Home

If you’re lucky enough to live in a rural area, you might have access to a rhubarb plant. It seems like every home had one where I grew up in Wisconsin.

But if you live in the city like me, it may be harder to track down. Farmer’s markets or stores with a big produce sections are your best bet.

I actually stumbled across some in a local Dallas grocery store this spring, but when I lived in New York, I had to visit five stores before I found any, and it was super expensive (of course).

You’ll definitely want to track some down, because this Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake tastes amazing!

It’s yummy on its own, but this simple rhubarb cake recipe is even better with a little whipped cream or ice cream. So plan ahead and splurge a little!

Treat yourself to slice (or two) of this Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake! This easy cake recipe has a delicious tender crumb, and it comes straight from my grandmother's cookbook! It's sure to become a treasured heirloom recipe in your home, too. | Hello Little Home
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Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

This Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake comes straight from my grandmother's cookbook!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 289 kcal
Ingredients
For Topping:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts (I prefer pecans or walnuts.)
For Cake:
  • 1/2 cup shortening or butter, at room temp (I use butter.)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups + 1 tbsp. flour
  • 3 cups chopped rhubarb
For Serving:
  • whipped cream, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13-inch cake pan with cooking spray and set aside.
Prepare topping:
  1. Combine sugar, cinnamon, and nuts in a small bowl. Set aside.
Prepare cake:
  1. Cream butter and sugar together using a mixer.
  2. Add the egg and blend well.
  3. Combine baking soda and buttermilk.
  4. Add milk to butter mixture, along with salt. Mix well.
  5. Add flour to milk/butter mixture in two batches, mixing until well blended. (It won't be perfectly smooth.)
  6. Fold rhubarb into batter with a spatula.
  7. Spread batter in prepared pan.
  8. Sprinkle topping evenly over cake.
  9. Bake cake 35 to 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  10. Let cake cool completely before eating.
  11. Serve cake topped with whipped cream, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

If you are like me, you probably don't use a lot of buttermilk. Here's an easy substitute: combine 1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar with enough milk to make 1 cup. Let sit for 5 minutes before using in recipe.

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Love this Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake and want more?

If you liked this rhubarb cake recipe, check out my Poppy Seed Kiss Cookies (pictured above) or Mini Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cupcakes.

Both are family favorites, too!

Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake ... treat yourself to slice (or two) of this delicious treat! This easy rhubarb cake recipe comes straight from my grandmother's cookbook and has a tender crumb that pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee and a dollop of fresh whipped cream! It's sure to become a treasured heirloom recipe in your home, too. | Hello Little Home

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11 Comments

  1. This is perfect, Ginnie. I have a rhubarb plant in the backyard that’s ready for some recipes. I like to make a rhubarb sauce that I freeze for the summer until the peaches are in season. Then I make Baltimore peach cake and glaze it with the sauce. Yum! Thanks for a new recipe to try!

  2. Oh this looks delicious. Thanks tons for the recipe and thanks for linking to Inspire Me.

  3. Funny I’ve never tried this before. I’m pinning the recipe to try over the summer.

  4. Visiting from Best of the Weekend Link Party. I love rhubarb and this looks so good, I could eat a slice right now. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to stop by and share this and other recipes with us. Have a great day!

  5. I have yet to cooke with rhubarb but I definitely need to! This cake looks wonderful! Thanks for linking up at SNF, pinned to our group board!!