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Give spring a little zing

By on April 21, 2010

Rhubarb is an old-fashioned favorite. It gives and gives. The leaves are toxic, but the stalks lend themselves well to desserts. It can be chopped and frozen in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic and stored in the refrigerator crisper drawer. Enjoy the first fruit of the season with the following recipes.

Easy Rhubarb Cake

1 yellow box-cake mix
3 cups rhubarb
1 cup sugar
dash of cinnamon
2 cups whipping cream

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix cake as directed on box, using a 9-by-13-inch pan. Mix rhubarb, sugar and cinnamon together and place on top of prepared cake. Pour whipping cream over the top of cake. Bake 40 to 45 minutes. — Startingover, e-mail

Rhubarb Blueberry Crunch

3 cups rhubarb
3 cups blueberries
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup oats
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup vegetable shortening

Cook’s note: Any fruit can be used. The amount of fruit is an approximation. Add sugar to taste depending on the tartness of your rhubarb and blueberries.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Combine rhubarb, blueberries, sugar and flour. Place mixture in a greased, oven-safe pan. Combine brown sugar, oats, and flour. Cut in butter/margarine and shortening until crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over fruit. Bake for 40 minutes. — Skip, Kentucky

Rhubarb Pie

3 cups rhubarb, chopped
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
dash salt
4 eggs
1/2 cup cream (or milk or half-and-half)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 unbaked pie crust

Mix all ingredients together and put into the unbaked piecrust. No top crust. Bake at 400 F for 50 minutes. — Cab54, Michigan

Rhubarb Crisp Cake

2 cups sugar
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
4 cups diced rhubarb
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk

2 cups quick or rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter/margarine, melted

Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon flour. Add rhubarb and toss to coat; set aside. Melt the butter in a 2-quart casserole dish or other deep baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk the remaining 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and baking powder. Stir in milk until batter is smooth. Pour the batter over the melted butter and spread gently so that butter stays on the bottom. Arrange the rhubarb in an even layer on top of the batter. (This is easier said than done. It’s not a big deal if some of the butter comes up over the cake batter, because it will — the cake still turns out OK — just try not to mix the two layers too much.)
Mix the oats, brown sugar and melted butter/margarine in a small bowl until blended. Using your fingers, crumble the topping over the rhubarb, leaving open areas of rhubarb so the cake batter can rise up through between areas of topping. You could even get creative with this and make a design with the topping and open areas. See what the cake batter will do when you give it room to rise.
Bake in the preheated oven until batter has risen up through the fruit and the top is golden brown, 50 to 60 minutes. Test with a long skewer to see whether cake is cooked through. Let cool before serving. — Sue. Michigan

photo by simply carolina dreamz


  1. Kate

    4/23/2010 at 5:21 am

    I love rhubarb but rarely have it. Its not something i see for sale in the shps very often and we don’t have the space to grow it. But these recipes have tempted me and pooping down to our local allotments to see if anyone is willing to sell me some of their rhubarb. Fingers crossed
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  2. Ali

    4/23/2010 at 1:01 pm

    I have already made 2 rhubarb pies and will make my 3rd this afternoon. I stopped @ the Dollar Tree & bought freezer containers to freeze for winter. I use your rhubarb pie recipe as above. Delish!

  3. Ellay

    4/26/2010 at 10:38 pm

    GREAT recipies! I grow rubarb in my garden, and have a question;

    Can I LEAVE OUT rolled oats ??? (Or substitude with something else?)
    I HATE OATS in cookies or cakes!!! But love it COOKED for breakfast only.
    Any help would be gratefully appreciated 🙂
    Thank you

  4. Jean Speer

    4/27/2010 at 11:56 am

    Thanks for the recipes I have some rhubarb in the freezer and had no idea what I was going to make with it. These sound very tasty!
    Thanks again.

  5. Ellay

    4/30/2010 at 9:18 am

    Hello again 🙂
    Does any of you girls know about leaving the rolled oats out of this recipie?
    Thanks for your help (if anyone is reading this??? )

  6. Carla

    4/30/2010 at 1:48 pm

    Ellay, I’m not sure which one you are looking at. The blueberry crunch one looks similar to an apple crisp, and I can’t see that working without oats. The crisp cake looks like a coffee cake type of recipe and the oats are just in the crumbled topping – I would think that you could just replace that with any coffee cake topping.
    If you post your question in the forums you will probably get lots of opinions on alternatives.

  7. Ellay

    5/1/2010 at 11:44 am

    Hi Carla ..
    Thank you 🙂
    I was talking about the Easy Rhubarb Cake (above with a photo) recipie. I know the oats have some function, I just can’t stand the “grity” taste of oats in ANY cake or cookies. To me, it tastes like ….toasted bread crumbs (yuck).
    Thank you for your helpful suggestion. I’ll look it up.

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