Rhubarb Coffee Cake



30 min


1 h 50 min


8 to 10

* PLUS 1 hr 10 min cooling time
Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Photo, Erik Putz.

Rhubarb coffee cake with a streusel topping is a tasty spring treat.


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold, unsalted butter , cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 cups chopped rhubarb


  • Position rack in centre of oven, then preheat to 325F. Spray a 9-in. springform pan with oil, then line bottom with parchment.
  • Streusel: Combine flour and sugar in a medium bowl and, using fingers, work in butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in pecans.
  • Cake: Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium, until fluffy, about 3 min. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping side of bowl as needed until combined, then vanilla. Beat in half of flour mixture, then sour cream, then remaining flour mixture, until just blended. Fold in rhubarb.
  • Transfer batter to pre­pared pan, smoothing top with a spatula. Sprinkle with streusel mixture.
  • Bake, covering with foil if nuts are browning too quickly, until a cake tester inserted into centre of cake comes out clean, about 1 hr 20 min. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 min, then release springform ring and let cool completely, about 1 hr. Cake will keep well, covered, at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Kitchen tip

This cake can be made ahead and refrigerated for 2 days (if it even lasts that long).

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 436,
  • Protein
  • 7 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 50 g,
  • Fat
  • 24 g,
  • Fibre
  • 2 g,
  • Sodium
  • 297 mg.
  • Excellent source of
  • Folate

Kitchen tip: For people with nut allergies, skip the streusel topping and simply dust the cake with icing sugar before serving.

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