Rhubarb Strawberry Coffee Cake

Rhubarb Strawberry Coffee Cake is a real family favorite. We love the combination of tart rhubarb and sweet juicy strawberries. Rhubarb and strawberry are meant for each other. It’s a match made in heaven. This recipe also calls for buttermilk or sour milk. Instructions on how to sour milk are given below. Don’t worry, it’s super easy to do!  Now on to the recipe but first some rhubarb information.

rhubarb strawberry

Rhubarb Information

There are many varieties of this extremely tart fruit/vegetable. Most of rhubarb fall into two basic types, hothouse and field grown. Hothouse rhubarb is distinguished by its pink to pale red stalks and yellow-green leaves, whereas field-grown plants, which has a stronger flavor, have cherry red stalks and green leaves. Hothouse or field grown, either kind is the right kind! Rhubarb freezes super, so buy extra and get chopping.

Hothouse or Field Grown

Hothouse rhubarb is available from December to March, while the field-grown rhubarb can usually be found from March to October. The peak from season is from April to June. Choose crisp stalks that are brightly hued. The leaves should be fresh-looking and blemish-free. Highly perishable, fresh rhubarb should be refrigerated, tightly wrapped in a plastic bag for up to 3 days. Wash and remove leaves just before using.

Rhubarb-Strawberry Coffee Cake

A delicious coffee cake made with the classic summertime favorite, Rhubarb and Strawberry
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  • Rhubarb Strawberry Filling:
  • 4 cups fresh rhubarb, sliced
  • 4 cups hulled fresh whole strawberries, cut in half
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • Coffee Cake Ingredients:
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • 2 to 3 cups rhubarb strawberry filling
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Topping Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cold, cubed butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts


  • Rhubarb Strawberry Filling Directions:
  • In a medium saucepan combine; rhubarb, strawberries, water, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  • In a small bowl combine, sugar and cornstarch; add to the rhubarb mixture. Cook and stir 4 to 5 minutes or until thickened and bubbly, stirring constantly. Use an immersion blender to blend together. Set aside to cool.
  • Coffee Cake and Topping Directions:
  • In a large bowl, stir together: flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. In a small bowl combine the eggs, buttermilk or sour milk and vanilla. Add to flour mixture, stir to moisten. Spread half the batter in a greased 13 x 9 baking dish. Spread cooled rhubarb-strawberry filling over batter in pan. Spoon remaining batter in small mounds over filling.
  • In a small bowl combine, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup flour. Cut in 1/4 cup cold butter, until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in chopped walnuts. Sprinkle crumb mixture over batter in pan.
  • Bake at 350º oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown.
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Kitchen Tip
How to Sour Milk:

  • For 1 cup sour milk:
  • Place 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar in a glass measuring cup.
  • Add enough milk to make 1 cup total liquid; stir.
  • Let mixture stand for 5 minutes before using.

*Here is another fantastic recipe to try: Rhubarb-Strawberry Bars.  *Left over rhubarb-strawberry filling can be frozen. *To use, thaw frozen filling and use in any of your favorite rhubarb or rhubarb-strawberry  recipes.

rhubarb strawberry
rhubarb strawberry
*Follow this recipe and make your own Rhubarb Strawberry Filling.
*Make sour milk or purchase a quart of your favorite buttermilk. We like to use Deans Buttermilk