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Coconut Rhubarb Dessert Recipe

Coconut Rhubarb Dessert Recipe

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. YIELD: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 flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional


  • 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 near the center comes out clean. Serve with ice cream if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Coconut Rhubarb Dessert

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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."

MaryThompson User ID: 831135 178656
Reviewed May. 23, 2011

"Absolutely AWESOME! Love to try new rhubarb recipes instead of the same old crisp...This is definetly a KEEPER...thank you Connie."

ldbk User ID: 3315039 110758
Reviewed May. 20, 2011

"This was awesome!! Yes, I had to bake longer than the recipe stated but that was not a big deal to me. I brought some to work and it got rave reviews here, as well!! I'll definitely be making this again!!"

KSA1190 User ID: 4493969 210507
Reviewed May. 6, 2011

"It was wonderful! I couldn't find rhubarb so I found some frozen mixed berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberry's and blackberry's) so I used it in place of the rhubarb and it turned out GREAT! Definitely a remake. Hope to find some rhubarb next time! Thanks for sharing the recipe!"

Kichler073 User ID: 32326 165934
Reviewed May. 4, 2011

"EXCELLENT recipe and was a hit! Gonna try it with strawberries too."

tasteyrecipes User ID: 4147653 104154
Reviewed May. 1, 2011

"I can't believe there are women out there

that can't read a recipe. It plainly says
"sprinkle" cake mix on top of fruit then bake."

puppygirl User ID: 4197491 97894
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"i have never written a review before, but this recipe is the best i have ever made! i used frozen rhubarb, and tossed it with the sugar and some of the cake mix like another reviewer suggested, and it came out perfect! i did have to cook it for longer than 30 mins, though. more like 45 mins, but the wait was more than worth it! try it- it's the best!"

bidease User ID: 4553146 110680
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"I have made other variations of this dessert although I haven't made this one yet. I have fresh rhubarb frozen in my freezer and I'd like to make it. I have a family member allergic to coconut though - any suggestions on a substitution? Oatmeal maybe or do you think I can leave it out altogether?"

R Franklin User ID: 4611760 164389
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"This is a great recipe in itself, however it's a bit more complicated than it has to be. If the rhubarb you use is either frozen or fresh tender, simply toss the raw rhubarb with the sugar mixed with a tablespoon of flour or dry cake mix. Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the top of the uncooked rhubarb. Melt the butter in water and pour over the cake mix. Add the coconut and pecans (or any kind of nut if you use a different flavor cake mix) sprinkled on top and bake as directed. I've done this for years with all different kinds of mixes and fruit and it always turns out wonderfully. However one makes this it is necessary to crisscross the butter/or butter and water over the entire surface of the dry cake mix or you will have dry spots and those are icky."

mpsvoboda User ID: 5110482 97891
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

"Everyone in my office loved this dessert!!"

Amy1 User ID: 414343 164387
Reviewed May. 13, 2010

"This is very delicious! My company enjoyed it, and asked for the recipe. However, even though my husband liked it a lot, he said it seemed more like a topping for ice cream, than the ice cream being a topping for the dessert. The dessert was better the next day reheated in the microwave. Also, the cake took 5 minutes longer to bake in my oven. As this dessert was nearing the end of its baking time, I noticed that the cake mix seemed powdery on top- instead of baking into the cake. So, I pressed the cake mix slightly down (with a spoon) into the wet rhubarb mix below. I think that you need to make sure that you sprinkle the cake mix perfectly evenly over the rhubarb mixture, and press the cake mix slightly into the rhubarb so that the cake mix absorbs some of the liquid. The very middle of my dessert ended up slightly powdery from the cake mix. So, the next time that I make this dessert, I am going to do what I explained above."

MasonJonZachJosh User ID: 2908065 97888
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2009

"I could not find butter pecan cake mix and used a white cake mix instead, was yummy."

lovesher3 User ID: 1849182 178653
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2009

"I followed the recipe as written and had no problems. This was delicious!"

cookbookmom User ID: 807408 179877
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2009

"You use the cake mix dry--not prepared as for making a cake."

thisiscrapxxx User ID: 3538745 178652
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

"I have had this in the oven about 45 mins now, and no way can I pull out a clean toothpick. If we were supposed to mix up the cake mix first, why isn't that stated & the ingredients listed? This recipe is very poorly written."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1472232 179846
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2009

"I was preparing to make this recipe and find myself uncertain, as to whether to mix the cake according to the package directions before adding to the top of the rhubarb. Not sure how to get clarification."

bertma422 User ID: 2981890 165932
Reviewed May. 18, 2009

"Very delicious but I had to bake about 15 minutes longer to get the liquid to set up and the topping to brown and crisp. Very tasty."

mspatty29 User ID: 2053797 143308
Reviewed May. 12, 2009

"Apparently one must prepare the cake mix according to package directions. Putting a toothpick in does not show doneness. The dry cake mix only got hard and unedible. Any suggesions??"

Seminoles User ID: 1412865 178650
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2009

"This was awesome! Everyone absolutely loved it. I had to go to three stores before I found butter pecan cake mix though."

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