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Rhubarb coffee cake sitting on a marble and wood cake plate on top of parchment aper on a pink surface

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

This rhubarb coffee cake is moist and delicious, easy to make, and has a crunchy streusel topping and sugar glaze that just takes it over the top!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rhubarb cake, rhubarb desserts, rhubarb recipes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 371kcal
Author: Sam Adler


For the rhubarb

  • 3-4 fresh rhubarb stalks trimmed and sliced thin and in 2" pieces
  • 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tsp orange zest

For the crumb topping

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter cold, grated
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

For the cake

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs large
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup yogurt sub sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)

For the glaze

  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1-2 tsp milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350° F and line a 10" springform pan or cake pan with parchment paper or spray with baking spray.
  • In a small bowl combine the trimmed rhubarb, sugar, orange juice, and zest and set aside to marinate while you prep the streusel.
    fresh rhubarb in slices and chunks on a pink surface
  • Prepare the streusel crumb topping. Grate the cold butter into a medium sized bowl. Add in the, brown sugar, granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Mix to combine using two forks or with a pastry cutter. Place in the freezer while you prepare the rest of the cake.
    Crumb topping in a glass bowl
  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or using a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed (5-6) until pale and fluffy about 1 minute. Add in the eggs one at a time mixing in between each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Add in the vanilla and mix until combined.
    Cake batter in a mixing bowl on a pink surface
  • Combine the flour, kosher salt, baking powder, and baking soda on a piece of parchment paper.
    Flour in a pile on brown parchment paper
  • Combine the yogurt and milk in a measuring cup.
  • Starting with the flour mixture, alternate adding in 1/3rd of the flour into the batter with 1/2 of the yogurt mixture. Continue alternating 1/3rd of the flour with 1/2 of the yogurt mixture mixing in between each addition. You should end with the last 3rd of the flour mixture.
    Light yellow cake batter in a mixing bowl on a pink surface
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Drain the rhubarb slices and place them on top of the batter. Sprinkle the streusel all over the top of the cake.
    cake batter topped with streusel topping in a cake pan on a pink surface
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the streusel is golden brown and the edges of the cake start to pull away from the pan.
  • In a small bowl combine the confectioners sugar with milk, orange juice or even water. Mix until combined and drizzle over the top of the cake.
    Rhubarb coffee cake sitting on a marble and wood cake plate on top of parchment aper on a pink surface


Substitute 2 cups defrosted frozen rhubarb for fresh.
Add in fresh or frozen strawberries for extra sweetness.


Nutrition Facts
Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 371 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 219mg10%
Potassium 113mg3%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 607IU12%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.