Cinnamon-Sugar Rhubarb Cake Recipe
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Cinnamon-Sugar Rhubarb Cake Recipe

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A real crowd-pleaser, this tender snack-like cake is chock-full of rhubarb and sprinkled with a sweet cinnamon-sugar topping. Everyone will be asking for the recipe…or seconds! —Maryls Haber, White, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups diced fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 227 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 179mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, brown sugar and 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat for 2 minutes. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Stir in rhubarb.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Combine the cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm; if desired, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Editor's Note: If using frozen rhubarb, measure rhubarb while still frozen, then thaw completely. Drain in a colander, but do not press liquid out.
Originally published as Cinnamon-Sugar Rhubarb Cake in Taste of Home April/May 2006, p27

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LKimK77 User ID: 4952226 248811
Reviewed May. 30, 2016

"The first thing i made with my home grown Rhubarb several years ago, and now i make it every year. So moist !! Awesome !!!! This year i am going to try it gluten free. Let ya know how it turns out !!"

blardo User ID: 1829147 227512
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2015


Guidopuppy User ID: 193187 63221
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2014

"I made this last night to bring to work with me today. My husband tried a piece of it and wouldn't let me bring it to work. He loved it so much. That's a huge compliment since he doesn't typically like sweets. This is a great recipe!"

buttermilk maid User ID: 2350303 162016
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2014

"Rhubarb...a favorite in our family...... in a buttermilk batter.. a wonderful cake. Easy, just right for spring!!"

faye_100 User ID: 800026 155253
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2012

"this cake is just so yummy its hard to stop at just one piece. definitely a keeper"

willbakeforjoy User ID: 6718730 137284
Reviewed May. 31, 2012

"Yum! Had to sub fresh strawberries for 1/2 the rhubarb & added 1 c. chopped walnuts. Love the cin/sug. crust and the moistness of the cake. Also added a tsp. of cinnamon to flour mix as I love cinnamon."

kat83 User ID: 2934264 87908
Reviewed May. 23, 2012


Bethel1217 User ID: 5570135 82477
Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"This cake was amazing! My 9 year old son asked if we could have seconds before I even finished my first piece. Crispy cinnamon pieces on top and soft and gooey cake. YU"

beezx4 User ID: 1361009 155245
Reviewed May. 14, 2012

"very , good. yummo!!"

glitterchatter User ID: 2651232 207767
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"Great flavor and moist. Would agree that it's a great for breakfast. Yummy!"

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