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Rhubarb-Buttermilk Coffee Cake Recipe

Rhubarb-Buttermilk Coffee Cake Recipe

Take advantage of rhubarb's short season, and surprise your family with this moist and tender coffee cake. There's a nice balance of tart and sweet in each bite. —Cindy Ashley, Gregory, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:9 servings


  • 2 cups diced fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 1/4 cup plus 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine rhubarb and 1/4 cup sugar. In a large bowl, cream butter and remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Fold in rhubarb mixture.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over batter. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature. Yield: 9 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 287 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 304mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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sstetzel User ID: 158954 144143
Reviewed May. 19, 2013

"This is a super moist cake with great flavor! Even better the next day!"

CRNGIRL User ID: 3052741 181103
Reviewed May. 25, 2012

"I made this 2 times and found that I had to bake much longer then 30min, more like 45 min. I has been a hit at my house, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream really hits the spot!"

horsing.round User ID: 6031382 210791
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

"I made the Rhubarb-Buttermilk coffee cake for a luncheon and everyone commented on how good it was. I will be making this recipe again!"

LucyAnn User ID: 1581689 168683
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2010

"I already made it twice--1st time it looked done but it was still very solid--not cake like. Thought it was old baking powder, so made it again on Fri.-same thing. Baked it according to directions & toothpick came out clean. Not sure I want to try it again & bake it alot longer or what. Any suggestions?"

crkent User ID: 1311736 185011
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2010

"We loved It---great for Easter Brunch--I had no problem with it rising. Will make again~~one of my Rhubarb favorites now."

hoshour User ID: 2089665 114359
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2009

"I made this cake twice and each time it did not rise and was very heavy. It does not look anything like the picture. Is the recipe correct?"

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