Coconut Rhubarb Dessert Recipe
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Coconut Rhubarb Dessert Recipe

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What a delicious treat! Tart rhubarb is sweetened with crunchy pecans and flaked coconut, while a cake mix proves a tender base. —Connie Korger, Green Bay, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 4 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/8 teaspoon red food coloring, optional
  • 1 package butter pecan cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 416 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 356mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, combine rhubarb, sugar, water and, if desired, food coloring. Cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until rhubarb is tender; cool slightly. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with cake mix. Top with coconut and pecans. Drizzle with butter.
  2. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve with ice cream if desired.
  3. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Coconut Rhubarb Dessert in Simple & Delicious March/April 2009 , p43

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bshowalter User ID: 344920 120275
Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"kabob sauces"

phylleri User ID: 1750383 178940
Reviewed May. 13, 2013

"Loved this recipe and it will be going into the "to keep and make again" folder."

kshea User ID: 2698812 97897
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2012

"Forgot, I could not find the butter pecan cake mix so I used butter cake mix."

kshea User ID: 2698812 182859
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2012

"This is a great dessert. I tossed rhubarb with the sugar, put in greased pan, sprinkled dry cake mix over the top, melted butter with the water, poured over dry mix, and added pecand and coconut over top. easy and perfect, no dry spots. I have used this recipe with other fruit too. Next time I make it with rhubarb I will add another cup making 5 cups and add 1/4 more sugar. My husband says ,"Great, more rhubarb next time!""

Kris Countryman User ID: 1858674 182857
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2012

"Very nice but a little sweet. I'll use less sugar next time"

jnestler User ID: 1140894 161392
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"I have made this amazingly delicious dessert more than 10 times. Several family members swear that they "hate rhubarb" but they love this dessert!"

Delenn's Grandma User ID: 5634152 164391
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

"This dessert is so... easy and so... good."

cheroliver User ID: 5271238 143309
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

"Not sure what the consistency of this should be, but I think I did it really wrong. I thought I could skip the boil part because my rhubarb was frozen then thawed so it was already soft. Not a good idea. There was way too much moisture in it, I'm guessing because I didn't boil any out in the other step. FYI."

proudgrandma User ID: 1520903 96237
Reviewed May. 29, 2011

"I tried this dessert with fresh rhubarb from my garden and it was delicious. Will definitely make again..."

Donna2009 User ID: 3247001 104158
Reviewed May. 23, 2011

"This was excellent! I agree with Mary, nice to have a rhubrb recipe that's a little different. LOVED it. Thanks Connie."

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