Rhubarb Dessert Cake Recipe
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Rhubarb Dessert Cake Recipe

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I have shared this recipe with many people since it was passed on to me by a relative. I freeze rhubarb when it’s in season so I can make it year-round.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 267 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (44g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, combine butter and brown sugar. Top with rhubarb.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, water and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Pour over rhubarb.
  3. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream or ice cream. Yield: 12 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 Dessert Cake in Country April/May 2007, p49

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jaymadavis User ID: 413785 93977
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2011

"The brown sugar and butter stuck to my well greased dish and needs something else....maybe some flour? The cake part and rhubarb is good...just do not like the bottom."

lhalek User ID: 3716977 147280
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2009

"Well, obviously, I have more developed taste buds!"

rtfrobel User ID: 3602173 161994
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2009

"Well I have to totally disagree with the last comment. This dessert turned out fabulous and is a hit with everyone that has tasted it. It wasn't rubbery and poured over the rhubarb with no difficulty. It is on the top of my recipie list."

lhalek User ID: 3716977 74606
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2009

"I don't know how this recipe got a blue ribbon! The cake part was rubbery and thin and I did not overmix the batter, and there was barely enough to cover the entire rhubarb, hard to spread, and know you don't just pour it over the rhubarb you have to strategically work it over the rhubarb. and the whole thing was TOO SUGARY SWEET, tasted like some bad recipe from home economics class I won't make this recipe again...too mediocre"

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