Rhubarb Sour Cream Cake

Rhubarb Sour Cream Cake

Despite the string of 25° C. days that we’ve been enjoying in Muskoka the past week, my rhubarb plant has just now dared to poke out of the ground. So I went to check out my Dad’s patch, which is usually earlier than mine, and it was only up a few inches. What’s a girl with a craving for something rhubarb-y to do when the rhubarb is not cooperating? Thankfully, rhubarb freezes beautifully and my Dad came to the rescue with some of last year’s crop that was still in his freezer. (Thanks Dad!)

I found this recipe at the Australian food blog Insanity Theory, and adapted it for North American kitchen measures and ingredients (if you’re looking for grams and/or have lots of self-rising flour to use up, head on over there for her original).

Now about this cake. Yes, it has good bit of sugar in it and on top of it. But believe it or not, the finished cake will not make your teeth ring. I’d call it just pleasantly sweet. I think it’s the combination with the tart rhubarb that stops it from going over the top. That said, you may not need to use all of the topping sugar, if you’d like to cut back a bit. I used about 3/4 of it. I saved the rest for cinnamon sugar toast topping.

This cake is wonderfully spiced with cinnamon, which goes really well with the rhubarb. I loved the bit of almond on top, but I think it would be nice without, as well. This is a great cake to use up frozen rhubarb or an excellent use for a fresh crop, if yours is ready now.

Rhubarb Sour Cream Cake
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Adapted from Insanity Theory

35 Comments

  • Reply May 9, 2013

    thelittleloaf

    There’s so much rhubarb around at the moment and I love it! Gorgeous looking cake.

    • Reply May 9, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Thanks so much. I think this is my new favourite rhubarb treat. I’ll definitely be making it again when my rhubarb is ready.

  • Reply May 9, 2013

    Sophie

    How good does that look! My husband adores rhubarb. I should make this :) Could pass as a coffeecake for breakfast, yes? The texture looks amazing!

    • Reply May 9, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Thanks Sophie and absolutely, could work for breakfast. It’s great morning, noon and night!

  • Reply May 10, 2013

    Renee

    My rhubarb is just poking its head out too, and I can’t wait to chop it up and make it into a beautiful cake like this one!

    • Reply May 10, 2013

      Jennifer M

      I’m sure you’d enjoy this cake Renee. It’s been a hit here and keeps really well.

  • Reply May 10, 2013

    Liz

    I wanted to make something with rhubarb last week and I couldn’t find frozen rhubarb anywhere! I remember seeing once in the grocery store but I can’t find it anymore. When it finally comes in season I’m definitely stocking up, freezing it and making this cake….and the recipe I was originally going to make!

    • Reply May 11, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Hi Liz. I saw some in the store recently too, but just couldn’t bring myself to buy it when it grows like a bad weed around here :) Hope you get a chance to try this. It was delicious.

  • Reply May 10, 2013

    The Twilight Chef

    Hi Jennifer – this cake looks fab! Rhubarb reminds me of my childhood when it used to grow in my Mum’s garden. Me and my friend would pick it straight out of the ground and were given a bowl of sugar to dip it in – I cannot believe nowadays that we were ever given sugar with our fruit! Anyway your cake proves that there is a more grown up way to enjoy the sweetness of the rhubarb and sugar combo! Thanks for this recipe – I love your blog, it is one of my favourites.

    • Reply May 10, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Hi! And thanks so much. We would eat rhubarb that way when I was young as well. Great memory. This cake is definitely in the same spirit.

  • Reply May 11, 2013

    Katarina

    I love rhubarb and this cake looks delicious! Have a great day!

    • Reply May 11, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Thanks so much, Katarina.

  • That is a seriously gorgeous looking cake! I’ve never really tried cooking with rhubarb, but your photos are making me really want to give it a go!

    • Reply May 11, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Thanks so much, Rosie. Hope you get a chance to try it. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how nice cooked rhubarb is.

  • This looks amazing! I’ve never been one to enjoy rhubarb, ever since I had one bite of a really bad rhubarb pie. However, since then I’ve grown to enjoy it. I recently posted a saucy rhubarb dessert. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ll have to convert it to gluten free!

    • Reply May 13, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Thanks Carla. I think a bit of almond meal would be nice in this, when you’re converting.

  • Reply May 18, 2013

    Benthe

    I made it and love, love, loved it! Perfect with vanilla ice cream :)

    • Reply May 18, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Glad you enjoyed it Benthe!

  • Your cake looks so delicious, I’ve just started baking with rhubarb and this looks a recipe to make really soon. It sounds fantastic!

    • Reply May 26, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Thanks Laura. I love baking with rhubarb. One of my favourites, I think. Enjoy!

  • Wow! This looks great! Love rhubarb!
    Your pictures are amazing!

    • Reply June 8, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Thanks so much Jennifer. I loved this cake. If you are a fan of rhubarb I am sure you would enjoy it.

  • Reply June 8, 2013

    Linnylou

    I am making this for coffee this afternoon

    Last week I made a rhubarb custard pie that was to die for….I will let you know how this goes for me….sure looks good. I am tired of my oold recipe that I have had for 35 yrs.

    • Reply June 8, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Enjoy! I do love rhubarb custard pie too.

      • Reply June 8, 2013

        linnylou

        Cut my slice of the cake; added a dollop of whipped cream and have been won over…..very nice. Thank you.

        • Reply June 8, 2013

          Jennifer M

          So glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply June 9, 2013

    angelique

    Would you have any tips for making this and then shipping it? I’d like to make it for Father’s Day and then perhaps pack it in a tin and mail it overnight? 2-day? My father loves loves loves rhubarb so any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    • Reply June 9, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Hmmm. It does keep well, so should be good to ship on that front, though I’d do overnight, if it’s affordable – just so it’s as fresh as possible. It’s also a fairly sturdy cake, so I think if you let it cool and then wrap well, it should be good. I’d do a layer of plastic wrap around it and then several layers of foil wrap. You could also ship it in the springform pan, for the ultimate in protection. Maybe the pan is a Father’s Day gift, too :)

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  • Reply August 23, 2013

    Laura@bakinginpyjamas

    I love rhubarb, definitely saving for future baking. Beautiful photo’s.

    • Reply August 23, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Thanks Laura. This would be great with frozen rhubarb as well, if you stashed some away.

  • Reply October 12, 2013

    Becky M

    I have just made this fabulous cake to take to work and share with colleagues mid way through a flu vaccination clinic. It went down a treat. Next time, and there will be a next time, I may use coriander as the spice as I think it may go rather well with the rhubarb and the flaked almonds.

    • Reply October 12, 2013

      Jennifer M

      So glad you enjoyed it, Becky.

  • Reply May 21, 2014

    Jess @ Sweet Menu

    Gorgeous looking cake! Perfect for a springtime party!

    • Reply May 21, 2014

      Jennifer

      Thanks so much, Jess. One of my favourite cakes!

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