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Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe

Although my coffee cake makes a large pan, it never lasts very long! It's great for a Sunday brunch after church and nice to bring to family reunions, too.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:16-20 servings


  • 3 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb (1-inch pieces)
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • CAKE:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar


  • 1. In a large saucepan, combine rhubarb, strawberries and lemon juice. Cover and cook over medium heat about 5 minutes. Combine sugar and cornstarch; stir into saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Beat buttermilk, eggs and vanilla; stir into crumb mixture.
  • 3. Spread half of the batter evenly into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Carefully spread filling on top. Drop remaining batter by tablespoonfuls over filling.
  • 4. For topping, melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat; stir in flour and sugar until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over batter. Lay foil on lower rack to catch any juice fruit spillovers.
  • 5. Place coffee cake on middle rack; bake 40-45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cut in squares. Yield: 16-20 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 328 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 285 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Reviews for Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

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Reviewed Jun. 21, 2015

"This coffee cake is amazing! Perfect amount of fruit. Cake is nice and moist, not dried out like many coffee cakes and just the right amount of topping. The only thing I added was a heaping teaspoon of cinnamon just because I like cinnamon in my coffee cakes. This is a real keeper recipe. Even people who think they don't like rhubarb loved this recipe. Thank you so much for posting this!"

Reviewed Jun. 16, 2013

"This is wonderful!! I did bake it a little longer because it so tall in my 9 x 13 pan."

Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"I am always looking for ways to use the rhubarb that we grow and you certainly can't go wrong when you pair it with fresh strawberries. This recipe is perfect! I didn't have any lemons on hand so I actually substituted some fresh pineapple juice which I happened to have but other than that I made it as the recipe is written and wouldn't change a thing. I will make this again and again and again!"

Reviewed May. 21, 2013

"Have made this for years! We LOVE it!"

Reviewed May. 14, 2013

"What no cinnimon???"

Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

"This recipe is amazing! It is a hit with everyone who tries it - and I have been asked to share the recipe many times. I definitely wouldn't change a single thing in this recipe."

Reviewed May. 20, 2012

"Great! Have been making this for years. I cut back a little on the topping. I always use only fresh fruits."

Reviewed May. 16, 2011

"Definitely make in season with only fresh rhubarb and berries.

This has become a family favorite. I've made it nearly every springtime for years, always get asked for the recipe.
The strawberry flavor stays SO fresh!"

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"everyone LOVED this at coffee last week, they all took the recipe home!"

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2010

"This was good, but not all that flavour. I would also cut WAY back on the topping."

Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"I thought this was OK, not great. Surprisingly, it didn't seem to have much flavor. (It could have been that the strawberries I used weren't in season?)"

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2009

"I would use about 1/2 cup of sugar instead of 1 cup-and double the amount of strawberries."

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2009

"Can this be made with just strawberries? If so how should the receipe be adjusted?

Thanks, Pati Luciano"

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2009

"Absolute ten! Have been making this I think since TOH started publishing. Always get requests to bring to family gatherings!"

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2008

"Also great with just apples (in place of the strawberries & rhubarb)!"

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2008

"Literally the BEST coffee cake ever! I've also tried it with blueberries & peaches (rather then strawberries & rhubarb)...delicious!"

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2008

"This is the best coffeecake I have ever eaten. Takes a little while to make, but worth it!!"

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