Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Rhubarb Crumb Cake

Fresh, tart rhubarb in a deliciously rich and moist coffee cake with a buttery crumb topping - a little piece of heaven for your morning.

Growing up, we always had a big rhubarb plant in our backyard. My mom used to make Rhubarb Crisp as a special summer treat. She would serve it warm, with vanilla ice cream on top. Mmmmmmm. The only problem was that, as a child, I wanted nothing to do with rhubarb. Clearly I didn't know what I was missing! Luckily, my tastes have changed since then...and these days, passing up a rhubarb treat would be completely unheard of!

So when I looked outside the other day and noticed that my rhubarb was a bit overgrown....(okay - a LOT overgrown)....my mind started racing with all the delicious things I could make. Rhubarb crisp, rhubarb pie, rhubarb cake, rhubarb jam, rhubarb muffins....? Yes, yes, and yes! I'm pretty sure we have enough to make it all....take a look at how much I picked!

And this is only half of what was there. Since it will grow back at least once or twice this season, I clearly have enough rhubarb to last me all summer (and then some). Needless to say, I may be sharing a few rhubarb recipes with you. My theory is you can never have too many ways to use something....especially something that grows in such abundance! Hopefully you agree.

First up? Coffee cake. What I love most about coffee cake is that you wake up knowing you have something to look forward to. And what better way to start your day than with a cup of coffee and a piece of cake!? Genius! This particular coffee cake is one of my personal favorites. It is rich and buttery, and the sweet crumb topping works especially well with the rhubarb. Definitely a winning combination.

The best news of all? My kids love it, too! Rhubarb, that is. They loved this coffee cake and can't wait to see what comes out of the oven next. And you know what? Neither can I!

Rhubarb Crumb Cake (adapted from An Occasion To Gather: Blueberry Crumble Cake)

1 1/4 c. sugar
2/3 c. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 c. fresh rhubarb, chopped 
1/2 c butter, softened
2 c. flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. milk
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 egg

1. Crumb Topping: Combine 1 c. sugar, 2/3 c. flour and cinnamon in a bowl and mix well. Add 1/2 c. butter and mix until crumbly. Set aside.
2. Combine 1/4 c. sugar and chopped rhubarb in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.
3. Mix 2 c. flour, baking powder and salt together.
4. Beat milk, 3/4 c. sugar, 1/4 c. butter and egg until creamy. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just blended. Stir in the rhubarb.
5. Spoon the batter into a greased 8x8 inch pan and sprinkle with the crumb topping.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until golden brown.


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  1. Oh my goodness. I heart you. I LOVE rhubarb. This looks fantastic!

  2. This looks yummy. I will be using some of our rhubarb to make this. I'm glad your tastes have changed. Just look what you have been missing. As always, your pictures make this look so appealing. ☺

  3. Wow - I love rhubarb, brings me back to my Grandma's garden and hot Summer days. I love that this has just a few yummy ingredients. I'm in! :)

  4. YES! What's better than a good coffee cake?! I am LOVING this recipe! Can't wait to try! I love rhubarb but was the same when I was a kid and my mom made anything rhubarb. Now I LOVE IT!

    ~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

  5. Ohhh...I think I need to get my hands on some rhubarb!

  6. That rhubarb crumb cake looks amazing...and I happen to have a pile of rhubarb sitting on my counter (and more in the garden). I would love for you to share this at what i am eating http://www.townsend-house.com/2013/06/what-i-am-eating-31.html

  7. this looks delicious! i was just talking to john about rhubarb the other day... i've never tried it... think i'll give this a whirl... thanks for sharing!

  8. Rhubarb is so amazing this time of year and this recipe sounds fantastic. Feel free to stop by my link party and share some of your fantastic recipes!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  9. I made this for Father's Day breakfast this morning. Dad ate three pieces. I think he liked it! ☺

  10. Oh my this looks so amazing! I just got a nice bunch of fresh rhubarb, I may just have to try this recipe!
    Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

  11. Visiting from This Gal Cooks - this looks GOOD!!! I'm always looking for great ways to use up our rhubarb harvest!
    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

  12. We LOVE baked oatmeal! The rhubarb recipe sounds fabulous...yum...great with a cup of tea or breakfast. Happy summertime cooking :)


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