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Special Rhubarb Cake

A rich vanilla sauce is served with this tender cake from Biena Schlabach of Millersburg, Ohio. "The women at church made it for my 84th birthday," she says.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    9 servings (1-1/4 cups sauce)

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • STREUSEL TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • VANILLA SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating just until moistened. Fold in the rhubarb. Pour into a greased 9-in. square baking dish.
  • Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter. Bake 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For sauce, melt butter in a saucepan. Add sugar and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Serve with cake.
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.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 463 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 451mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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