I'm retired now, but when I was working I made this coffee cake for co-workers and also a men's Bible study class. I changed the original recipe from a strawberry/rhubarb combination to one with cherry, which I think gives it a richer flavor.
I rely on a cake mix to speed the prep for this moist streusel-topped dessert that pairs tart rhubarb with sweet strawberries. It's great all by itself, but feel free to add some frosting or ice cream. —Jackie Heyer, Cushing, Iowa
Growing up, this recipe was a favorite of mine. I couldn't wait for the rhubarb to ripen so Mom could bake this delicious coffee cake. Now this special recipe is part of my own collection. —Angie Fehr, Ottosen, Iowa
My dad has always had a flourishing rhubarb patch. So when I saw this contest, I knew I should try to create a recipe with his endless supply. This cake can be served as a coffee cake at breakfast or an elegant finish to a special meal. —Mary Blenk, Cumberland, Maine
We have a rhubarb patch, so I'm always looking for recipes featuring this "fruit". I've served this coffee cake to people who say they don't like rhubarb, and they've always told me how much they enjoyed it.
Each piece of this makeover cake has less than half the fat and just a third of the saturated fat of the original. Plus, the calories have been cut by a quarter. But the flavor is still terrific.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
My daughter gave me the recipe for this moist coffee cake. It mixes up quickly and is ideal for the family's weekend breakfast. The tangy rhubarb and crunchy nuts are nice accents.
-Page Alexander, Baldwin City, Kansas
"Can I have the recipe?" is the question I'm always asked whenever I serve this delicious dessert. Rhubarb is generally ready first thing in spring, and these bars are a great way to welcome the season.