Rhubarb Coffee Cake with Caramel Sauce Recipe
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Rhubarb Coffee Cake with Caramel Sauce Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 336 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 148mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat well. Combine flour and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Fold in rhubarb. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  2. For topping, in a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter.
  3. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  4. For sauce, in a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar and cream; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 3 to 4 minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve with warm coffee cake. Yield: 18 servings (1-2/3 cups sauce).
Originally published as Rhubarb Coffee Cake with Caramel Sauce in Taste of Home February/March 2009, p44

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Reviewed Sep. 8, 2014

"moist and tasty"

Reviewed Jun. 10, 2014

"Wow, this was fantastic. Moist and the caramel sauce really makes it."

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2014

"This was delicious!!! Will definitely make again. Yummy"

Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

"I have a recipe like this from my grandma. Hers has walnuts in the topping so I added walnuts. Of course the caramel sauce makes it wonderful."

Reviewed Jun. 5, 2013

"I found this recipe a couple years ago and made it. It was the first recipe I had ever used rhubarb in. It was an instant hit. Last year, when I had rhubarb I could not find the recipe again. I was so disappointed! I tried some other recipes and they were not nearly as good. Glad I found this one again. I have to make 2 cakes because it goes so quickly in my large family. I highly recommend this. As others have said, it does not need the caramel but it makes even better."

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