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Rhubarb Cinnamon Coffee Cake

on May 15, 2015

It’s rhubarb time! I just can’t believe that it’s finally spring, and that it’s TIME for rhubarb! Today I’m sharing this photo of Grandma that looks like it was taken in the spring (or summer). It must have been a special occasion because she’s so dressed up! What a pretty dress and shoes, and I LOVE that smile!


It was taken at their family farm so I think it might have been before she and Grandpa were married. That family farm was where she honed her skills for baking. I was there a couple of times, and I remember that it was such a pretty house. It was full of built-ins and beautiful woodwork, and had French doors going to the dining room (I think it was the dining room). I’m sure they grew rhubarb on that farm.

There are a LOT of rhubarb recipes in Grandma’s file, so without further ado, here is the first rhubarb recipe of the season. This Rhubarb Cinnamon Coffee Cake was one cut out of the newspaper, and as I’ve said before, Grandma didn’t keep recipes cut out of the paper very often. This one is a good one.

Rhubarb Cinnamon Coffee Cake

This is such a good coffee cake!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Rhubarb Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Mix together in a large bowl:

4 cups rhubarb, cut into 1/2″ pieces

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 cup cooking oil

1 cup nuts, chopped (I used pecans)


2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

Add to rhubarb mixture all at once and stir only until dampened.

Pour into greased 9″ x 13″ pan.

Combine and sprinkle on top:

3 Tablespoons brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.


Is there anything prettier than rhubarb?


This is the first mixture.


Once you add the flour, there seems to be hardly any batter, but when it comes out of the oven, it’s cake!


It really makes a great coffee cake, and it’s best warm out of the oven.


You don’t have to add the whipped cream, but why not? It’s great for brunch, and it’s great with your afternoon coffee or tea. Stay tuned for more rhubarb recipes coming soon!


One response to “Rhubarb Cinnamon Coffee Cake

  1. […] That’s probably why Grandma and her sisters had so many recipes for delicious treats like Rhubarb Cinnamon Coffee Cake, Rhubarb Bread, Rhubarb Muffins, Rhubarb Cream Delight, Rhubarb Crunch, Rhubarb Crunch #2, Orange […]

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