Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Our latest thing with all the rhubarb growing like mad in the garden is to try to use it whenever possible.  I have trained my kiddo not to pick just one ripe one, but wait for a bunch to be ripe and pick a bunch then we will cook with it.  So the other day my farmer kiddo noticed a bunch were ready to be picked and she was very excited.  So I let her go to town.

She has been into the gardening thing much to my surprise. She gets up earlier than me and wakes me up saying I am going out to the garden to water.  OK, I say I will be there in a minute. Then she goes into the hot house and waters all the plants and then walks around the garden sprinkling all the plants.  We have both learned allot being this is new for both of us and great way for us to do something rewarding together. Yesterday she picked our first little grape tomato and she was freaking out! “Momma isn’t this the best tomato you ever tasted, it is because we grew it together”!  So funny how a little tiny tomato we shared could bring us such joy.  We will see how much she likes eating squash when that is ready,LOL. I won’t doubt it for a minute that my kiddo will suddenly love the taste of “her squash” because WE grew it. When it comes to kiddos trying new stuff it sure is true that if they make it weather it is dinner or even growing it in the garden, the fact that they helped makes it taste soooo good!

So Back to our rhubarb, I asked her what she wanted to make this time and she said cake. So the first thing that came to my mind was strussel topping with icing to help make the rhubarb taste better. You need the sugar to make that happen and the topping might just be the trick, that way the cake itselfe doesnt need to be overly sweet.

So to the drawing board, I looked through all my cake recipes and devised my own new concoction. I wanted a denser cake so when I added the fruit it would not sink. So with my fingers crossed we put this one together. Waiting for it to cool was painful as it smelled so good. We had it after dinner for dessert and it was worth the wait. Just sweet enough and tangy and the streusel topping was so good!  Though this is not GF like most my recipes, it could easily be adapted  by using the right GF flours ( I love Bobs Red Mill GF all purpose flour and his GF oats). I used some stevia to cut back on the regular sugar, you could use all stevia if your cooking sugar free. I just like using some to replace regular sugar for regular baking needs.

 Next time I will add a cream cheese swirl to the topping, I think that would take this one over the top to YUMMYNESS.


Beans Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

3 Cups flour (I used bread flour that was all I had, you can use GF with some Xanatham Gum)

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 TBL Cardamon (you can also use Cinnamon to replace)

1 1/2 C buttermilk ( I used 1 1/2 cup milk , remove 1 1/2 TBL of the milk, them add 1 1/2 TBL lemon juice or vinegar let sit 5 min)

2 eggs

3/4 C sugar

1/2 C butter softened

1 tsp lemon extract

6 drops liquid stevia with vanilla* (if you don’t have you could add some vanilla plus some more sugar or stevia)

2 Cups chopped rhubarb

1 C chopped strawberries

1-2 TBl powder sugar (could use stevia powder)

Strussel topping

1/2 C butter cubed, softened

1/2 C quick cooking oats (for GF use Bobs red Mill)

1/2 C flour

1/2 C Sugar

Simple Icing

add 1 tsp lemon juice to 1/2 c powder sugar mix completely add DROPS of water to thin, drizzle onto cooled cake


preheat oven 350

1. sift the first 5 dry ingredients (flour, bs,bp, salt, cardamon)

2. In a separate bowl beat butter sugar and eggs, then add lemon extract and liquid stevia.

3. alternate dry ingredients and buttermilk while mixing into butter mix,  do not overmix.

4. Spray or butter baking dish ( I used 11 x 7 rectangular pan)

5. Sprinkle chopped strawberries and rhubarb with powder sugar, mix together.

6. Make streusel topping: mix all butter except 2 TBL with sugar, oats and flour. blend until crumb like texture.

7. Pour cake mix into pan, layer strawberry and rhubarb mix on top then top with streusel topping

8. Take remaining 2 Tbl cubed butter and dot it onto top of strussel topping

9. Bake for 45-55 min top will be golden and toothpick inserted into center will come out clean.

10. Cool completely and add drizzles simple icing if desired.






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