Wake Up and Indulge in This Delicious Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Welcome coffee lovers! Today, I want to share with you a recipe that captures the essence of spring: Rhubarb Coffee Cake. The tartness of rhubarb and the richness of coffee come together in this deliciously easy-to-make cake, inspiring happy breakfasts and delightful brunches. This cake has been a staple in my family gatherings for years, and I can’t wait for you to try it.

This Rhubarb Coffee Cake is perfect if you’re looking to impress your guests or if you want a treat to go with your favorite cup of coffee on a lazy morning. It is moist, tender, sweet, tangy, and crunchy, all at once. Trust me, you won’t be able to resist its aroma when it’s baking in the oven.

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or an amateur in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to follow and requires only a few simple ingredients such as brown sugar, cinnamon, hazelnuts, pistachios and buttermilk. With just a bit of preparation time and patience, you’ll have a delicious cake ready to enjoy.

So why wait? Grab your apron and join me in the kitchen as we make this mouthwatering Rhubarb Coffee Cake. Get ready to indulge in every bite while enjoying great conversation with your loved ones.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Are you looking to create a delicious dessert that is perfect for any occasion? Look no further than this amazing Rhubarb Coffee Cake! There are countless reasons why you are going to love making this recipe over and over again.

The sweet, tangy flavor of the rhubarb pairs perfectly with the heavenly aroma of the cinnamon and butter in this coffee cake. Each bite will make your taste buds dance with joy. Plus, with its moist texture and the satisfying crunch of the hazelnuts and pistachios crumb topping, this cake has a texture that is out of this world.

One of the best things about this cake is how versatile it is. Whether you want to enjoy it as a dessert or as a special breakfast treat, it will not disappoint. It is also an excellent option for gatherings, potlucks, or dinner parties. No matter where you serve it or which side of the bed you wake up on, this Rhubarb Coffee Cake will always hit just the right spot!

What’s more, this recipe is easy to prepare and does not require extensive store-bought ingredients. You likely have most of what you need right in your pantry, so there’s no need to fuss over complicated recipes or run out to get expensive ingredients. It’s easy peasy to bake up at home!

So, what are you waiting for? Grab all your ingredients from your kitchen and start baking this drool-worthy Rhubarb Coffee Cake. Your guests won’t be able to resist adding seconds and thirds!

Ingredient List

“Indulge in coffee bliss with this Rhubarb Coffee Cake”

Ingredient List

Before starting with the recipe, make sure to have all the required ingredients listed below. Gathering everything at the beginning of your baking process will save you time and avoid last-minute trips to the store.

List of ingredients:

  • Butter, softened, 1 cup
  • Granulated sugar, divided, 2 ¾ cups
  • Eggs, room temperature, 3
  • All-purpose flour, 3 cups
  • Baking powder, 2 teaspoons
  • Baking soda, 1 teaspoon
  • Salt, 1 teaspoon
  • Vanilla, 2 teaspoons
  • Sour cream, 1 cup
  • Brown sugar, packed, ¾ cup
  • Rhubarb, trimmed and chopped, 4 cups
  • Hazelnuts and Pistachios, finely chopped (optional)

You can find most of these ingredients in your pantry or get them from your nearest grocery store.

The Recipe How-To

“A perfect balance of tangy rhubarb and rich coffee flavors”

Now, it’s time to get down to business and make this scrumptious Rhubarb Coffee Cake! Here’s everything you need to know:

Prep Work:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking pan or line it with parchment paper.

For the Cake:

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat together softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl with the wet ingredients, alternating with buttermilk.
  5. Fold in chopped rhubarb.

For the Crumb Topping:

  1. Mix medium-sized brown sugar and all-purpose flour together in a small bowl.
  2. Add cinnamon and chopped hazelnuts or pistachios, then stir until crumbly.

Putting It All Together:

  1. Pour half of the batter mixture into the greased pan.
  2. Sprinkle with half of the crumb topping mixture over the batter.
  3. Add remaining batter and top with the rest of streusel mixture.
  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Let cool before serving.

Happy cooking!

Substitutions and Variations

“Wake up to the aroma of this scrumptious coffee cake”

There are a variety of substitutions and variations you can make to this rhubarb coffee cake recipe to fit your preferences or dietary restrictions.

– Gluten-free: Replace the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Make sure the blend contains xanthan gum, which helps bind the ingredients together.

– Nut-free: If you are allergic to nuts, skip the hazelnuts and pistachios in the crumb topping. You can replace them with rolled oats or additional flour for texture.

– Filling variations: Instead of rhubarb, you can use other fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries or raspberries. If you prefer a combination of fruits, try mixing them together. You can also use canned or frozen fruit, but make sure to drain them well before adding to the cake batter.

– Streusel variations: The crumb topping is customizable to your taste buds. You can add chopped nuts (like almonds), shredded coconut or spices like nutmeg and ginger for extra flavor.

– Healthier options: Replace some of the sugar with natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup. Use low-fat buttermilk instead of full-fat and replace some butter with applesauce for a lower calorie count.

Don’t forget that substitution and variation takes time to master. Alter one thing at a time to identify how you want it tasting before making another alteration.

Serving and Pairing

“The ultimate morning treat for coffee and rhubarb lovers”

Once your rhubarb coffee cake is ready, it’s time to serve and enjoy it! This delicious cake pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee, especially if you’re in the mood for a morning treat or an afternoon snack. You could also enjoy it with a glass of cold milk, which will help balance out the sweetness in the cake.

If you’re feeling fancy and want to impress your guests, serve this cake with a dollop of whipped cream (unsweetened or lightly sweetened) and garnish it with fresh rhubarb slices. The combination of flavors and textures is simply heavenly!

Alternatively, you can also serve this cake as a dessert after dinner. It goes well with red wine, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec. The tannins in the wine will complement the sweetness of the cake and make for a delightful palate cleanser.

No matter how you choose to serve it, this rhubarb coffee cake recipe is sure to delight everyone who enjoys it. So go on and celebrate special occasions or make someone’s day just a little brighter with this delicious dessert.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“A tangy twist to your breakfast coffee routine”

This delicious Rhubarb Coffee Cake recipe is perfect for make-ahead preparation, which means you can bake it in advance and store it for later use. You can easily wrap it in a plastic wrap, then place it in an airtight container to keep it fresher for longer.

If you’re planning to store this Rhubarb Coffee Cake recipe, make sure to let it cool down completely before you start wrapping or storing it. You can also refrigerate it in the meantime if you want to speed up its cooling process.

When reheating this cake, preheat your oven at 350°F and place the cake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the cake is heated through. If desired, you can also serve the cake at room temperature.

This Rhubarb Coffee Cake recipe can be stored for up to three days even after reheating. However, if you want to keep it fresher for later use, you may freeze it by wrapping it tightly before storage. This way, this delicious cake will stay good for up to three months without losing its taste or texture.

Just remember to bring the frozen Rhubarb Coffee Cake recipe back to room temperature before serving so that the flavors are restored and tasted as intended.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Experience the perfect pairing of rhubarb and coffee in every bite”

When it comes to creating the perfect coffee cake, small details can mean a big difference. Follow these tips for baking up the most incredible rhubarb coffee cake of your dreams.

One essential tip when creating your cake is to ensure that your ingredients are at room temperature. This is necessary to prevent lumps from forming and make sure all the elements blend smoothly.

Another important aspect to keep in mind is ensuring that you measure each ingredient precisely. Especially with baking powder or baking soda, too much or too little can drastically affect the texture of your cake.

When mixing your batter, avoid overdoing it. Stirring and mixing too much will cause the gluten in the flour to develop, making the cake tough and chewy.

For a more defined crumb topping, use very cold butter, and mix it with two forks to create a crumbly consistency. Ensure that you leave some large crumbs for added texture and crunchiness.

Lastly, when making your streusel mixture for the rhubarb filling, be sure not to overdo it on the sugar. Rhubarb is already naturally tart, so find a balance between sweetness and tartness.

Adhering to these tips will ensure that you create a perfect Rhubarb Coffee Cake that’s full of flavor and perfectly textured – light and fluffy on the inside with a crispy outer layer.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this rhubarb coffee cake recipe is one that you won’t want to overlook. This recipe will help you make a delicious and unique cake perfect for a special brunch or an indulgent weekday breakfast. The combination of tangy rhubarb and rich coffee cake flavors will please your taste buds beyond compare.

Don’t hesitate to make this recipe your own by trying out various substitutions or variations, pairing it with other drinks or foods, storing it for later, or tweaking any step in the process. Just remember the importance of following some of our handy tips to achieve the perfect results every time.

So next time you crave something sweet, don’t settle for something ordinary. Impress yourself and others with this rhubarb coffee cake perfection!

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe

Studded with juicy pink rhubarb and topped with a crunchy nut streusel, this cake is perfect for spring brunch, snacktime or dessert.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 465.6 kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups rhubarb, chopped


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 1/4 cup pistachios or 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • Grease 9-inch (2.5 L) spring-form pan; set aside.
  • TOPPING: In bowl, combine brown sugar, chopped hazelnuts, flour and cinnamon. Using fork, stir in butter until crumbly; set aside.
  • In large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Beat in vanilla.
  • In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, making 3 additions of flour mixture and 2 of buttermilk. Fold in chopped rhubarb. Scrape into prepared pan; sprinkle with topping.
  • Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre of cake comes out clean, about 1-1/4 hours. Let cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes. Remove side of pan. Serve warm or cool. Serves 8 to 10.
  • Canadian Living.

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Serving: 137gCalories: 465.6kcalCarbohydrates: 68.7gProtein: 7gFat: 18.8gSaturated Fat: 9.9gCholesterol: 92.2mgSodium: 517.9mgFiber: 1.9gSugar: 41.9g
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