There is a cake in a glass casserole dish with a crumble topping. There is a knife in the casserole dish. There are some pieces missing. There is a slice of cake on a yellow floral plate. there is a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. There are some pieces of rhubarb around on the table.

Grandma’s Secret Rhubarb Cake Recipe

This easy old-fashioned rhubarb cake is a classic sweet, moist, cake that is a must in every vintage bakers repertoire. In late spring this is one of the first crops you can harvest from the garden.

There is a cake in a glass casserole dish with a crumble topping. There is a knife in the casserole dish. There are some pieces missing. There is a slice of cake on a yellow floral plate. there is a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. There are some pieces of rhubarb around on the table.

Rhubarb is an easy and lovely plant to grow that comes back year after year. The tart stalks are perfect in desserts for a delicious balance of sweet and sour.

Storage

Rhubarb cake at room temperature

You can store rhubarb cake on the counter at room temperature for 3 days. Make sure to cover the cake so it stays fresh and moist!

If you still have cake leftover, it is best to move to a longer storage option.

Rhubarb cake in the fridge

Storing your rhubarb cake in the fridge is great for a little longer storage.

To keep your rhubarb cake fresh and moist, in the fridge, follow these simple instructions

  • Allow the cake to cool to room temperature
  • Cover the cake with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container
  • Store in the fridge for up to 7 days.

Rhubarb cake in the freezer

Rhubarb cake freezes extremely well. This is the best option for longer storage. To keep your cake soft, moist, and fresh follow these simple instructions

  • Allow the cake to cool to room temperature
  • Cover the cake completely in plastic wrap or airtight container
  • Store in the freezer for up to 3 months

When you are ready to use the cake, unwrap the cake and let it come back to room temperature. Slice and enjoy!

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Can I bake with frozen rhubarb

Absolutely! Rhubarb freezes extremely well! You can either store your rhubarb whole or diced. Make sure to remove the leaves first before freezing. The leaves of the rhubarb plant are poisonous.

If you are using frozen whole rhubarb, cut it into a dice before it has fully thawed. It will be easier to cut partially frozen.

Before adding the frozen rhubarb to the cake, make sure to remove any excess moisture.

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Perfect topping for my rhubarb cake

Crumble topping

This is my go to topping for this cake, which is why it is the one I included in the recipe! The sweet crispiness pairs perfectly with this soft, slightly tart, cake.

Cinnamon sugar topping

This is extremely easy to make! And the spiced sweetness just adds the perfect delicate crunch to the top of this soft, moist cake. To make a cinnamon sugar topping for your rhubarb cake

  1. To a small bowl, mix ¼ cup of brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.
  2. Sprinkle this mixture evenly overtop of the cake batter before baking.

Cream cheese icing

The sweet tanginess of this classic cream cheese icing takes this sweet treat to the next level of decadent dessert!

If you want to add this luscious cream cheese icing to your finished cake, check out this perfect cream cheese icing recipe!

Rhubarb cake on a yellow floral plate with vanilla ice cream on top. In the background is more of the cake. There is a spoonful of cake beside.

A little bit about rhubarb and why you need it in your garden!

Rhubarb is an amazing old-fashioned plant that is very commonly found in vintage gardens. It is an easy plant to grow and is one of the first plants we get a harvest from in our garden!

Not only is rhubarb a delicious edible plant, it is also a lovely leafy plant that looks beautiful in any garden. Meaning you don’t just have to plop it in the vegetable patch.

How to plant rhubarb

If you want to get started with rhubarb, it will take about 3 years to reach a mature size that you can harvest. It comes back every year as long as you harvest it correctly.

You can plant rhubarb using seeds in early spring in a sunny location. If you want to get a harvesting even sooner, buy rhubarb roots.

How to care for rhubarb

Rhubarb is a heavy feeder, so make sure to fertilize your plant 2 twice a year. Fertilize your plant once in early spring and then again in late summer. This will help your plant grown strong so you can enjoy a great a harvest year after year!

Make sure to plant in a sunny, well-draining location.

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When to harvest your rhubarb

How do you know when to harvest your rhubarb? When you see that your plant has produced at least a dozen large leaves, your plant is mature enough to harvest and enjoy!

The actual stalk of the rhubarb should be about 12 inches (30 cm) long. Don’t harvest every stalk of rhubarb! Make sure to leave a few with leaves so they can continue to feed the roots and gather energy.

Once you see the flowers of your plant start to develop, it is time to stop harvesting. Cut the flower stalk off so the plant can put its energy into developing roots. This will ensure a stronger root system and a healthy plant for years to come.

How to make Grandma’s Secret Rhubarb Cake Recipe

Ingredients

Cake

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 187 g

¾ cup whole wheat flour 112 g

1 teaspoon baking powder 5 ml

½ teaspoon baking soda 2.5 ml

1 teaspoon cinnamon 5 ml

¼ teaspoon salt 1.75 ml

½ cup softened butter 115 g

1 egg

½ cup brown sugar 100 g

¼ cup white sugar 50 g

1 teaspoon vanilla 5 ml

1 cup buttermilk 250 ml

2 cups diced rhubarb (leaves removed) 2-3 stalks

Topping

½ cup brown sugar 100 g

2 teaspoons cinnamon 10 ml

½ quick oats 50 g

½ cup all-purpose flour 75 g

¼ cup cold butter 60 g

Method

Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 ºF (180 ºC)
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter with the white and brown sugar, until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  5. Alternating with the dry mixture and the buttermilk, beat in half of the dry mixture, then mix in half of the buttermilk. Continue with the last of the dry mixture and then mix in the last of the buttermilk.
  6. Remove and discard the leaves from the rhubarb. Chop rhubarb into a small dice. You can use a food processor with the dice attachment disk or simply cut it by hand with a knife.
  7. Stir in the diced rhubarb and pour into a greased cake pan or a large rectangular casserole dish.

Topping

  1. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, quick oats, and flour to a small bowl.
  2. Cut the butter into small cubes and rub it into the mixture, either with your finger tips or with a pastry blender.
  3. Sprinkle on top of the batter.
  4. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Rhubarb cake on a yellow floral plate with vanilla ice cream on top. In the background is more of the cake. There is a spoonful of cake beside.
Yield: 16

Grandma's Secret Rhubarb Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

A sweet, moist, old-fashioned cake with dots of ruby red and tangy rhubarb throughout! A vintage recipe that is must bake at the beginning of summer when rhubarb is in abundance!

Ingredients

  • CAKE
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (187 g)
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour (112 g)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (5 ml)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda (2.5 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (5 ml)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (1.75 ml)
  • ½ cup softened butter (115 g)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup brown sugar (100 g)
  • ¼ cup white sugar (50 g)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (5 ml)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (250 ml)
  • 2 cups diced rhubarb, leaves removed (2-3 stalks)
  • TOPPING
  • ½ cup brown sugar (100 g)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (10 ml)
  • ½ quick oats (50 g)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour (75 g)
  • ¼ cup cold butter (60 g)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 ºF (180 ºC)
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter with the white and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  5. Alternating with the dry mixture and the buttermilk, beat in half of the dry mixture, then mix in half of the buttermilk. Continue with the last of the dry mixture and then mix in the last of the buttermilk.
  6. Remove and discard the leaves from the rhubarb. Chop the rhubarb into a small dice.
  7. Stir in the diced rhubarb and pour into a greased cake pan or a large rectangular casserole dish.

TOPPING

  1. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, quick oats, and flour to a small bowl.
  2. Cut the butter into small cubes and rub it into the mixture, either with your finger tips or with a pastry blender.
  3. Sprinkle on top of the batter.
  4. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Notes

If you are using frozen whole rhubarb, cut it into a dice before it has fully thawed. It will be easier to cut partially frozen.

Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 237Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 38mgSodium 223mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 2gSugar 17gProtein 4g

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Looking for some more vintage desserts? Check out some of these classic recipes! Easy Retro Banana Caramel Pudding Cake, Elizabeth’s Fudgy Chocolate Pudding Cake, The Best Vintage Vanilla Cake

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