Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Pudding Cake Recipe
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Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Pudding Cake Recipe

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“At 100 years old, my mom-Frances Beechner of Lincoln, Nebraska-still cooks, bakes, drives her own car and lives in her own home. She's amazing!" says Barbara Collins. Andover, Massachusetts. “And, this is one of her best desserts.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 4 cups diced fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 257 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, combine rhubarb and 1 cup sugar. Cook over medium heat for 12-15 minutes or until rhubarb is tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, cream shortening and remaining sugar until light and fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Beat just until combined.
  3. Pour into a greased 9-in. square baking dish. Pour rhubarb mixture over batter. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Pudding Cake in Taste of Home April/May 2007, p7

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Reviewed Jun. 4, 2015

"This is an excellent and super easy to make cake! I don't have the correct size pan, so mine comes out thin, but it is so good and moist."

Reviewed Jun. 1, 2015

"This is amazing -- not overly sweet and full-on rhubarb tangy deliciousness! Instead of a cake pan, I put the batter in a large deep-dish gourmet pie plate, covered it with rhubarb, baked at 350 for about 45 minutes , until crust started to turn golden. My husband said "sorry grandma, my wife makes better rhubarb dessert!" Thank you for this great antique recipe!!"

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2014

"Sounds good, but why is this called a pudding cake? Is there pudding in it?"

Reviewed Apr. 25, 2014

"Very yummy - thanks for sharing!"

Reviewed May. 30, 2010

"Excellent recipe, the cake was very light and cakey, very nice, will make again, tastes better than the "rhubarb dessert cake" posted here."

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