Rhubarb Crumb Coffee Cake Recipe
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Rhubarb Crumb Coffee Cake Recipe

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Since rhubarb grows well in our frigid climate, I freeze a lot of it. I have plenty on hand to make this old-fashioned coffee cake and other rhubarb treats.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:16-20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 cups chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 206 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 132 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Stir in rhubarb. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over batter.
  3. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Editor's Note: If using frozen rhubarb, measure rhubarb while still frozen, then thaw completely. Drain in a colander, but do not press liquid out.
Originally published as Rhubarb Crumb Coffee Cake in Taste of Home April/May 2005, p39

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Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"Yum!! I love this recipe! Very moist! I like to do a drizzle of icing sugar mixed with a little milk on top!"

Reviewed May. 11, 2010

"This is my favorite rhubarb recipe. I've made it a number of times and it's always a hit. Easy and yummy!!"

Reviewed Jun. 23, 2009

"This recipe has been one of my summer favorites since I found it in the magazine years ago!"

Reviewed May. 31, 2009

"Fantastic! I got rave reviews from co-workers all day...until the last morsel vanished. Moist inside, great rhubarb flavor, and crunch sweet topping. Yum!"

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