Rhubarb Cake


This is one of the moistest cakes I have ever made. I received this recipe from my mom years ago. I have been making it since the 1970’s and it’s still one of my favorites. I grow my own rhubarb and freeze it so I can enjoy it in my recipes all year long. This is a great cake for anyone that doesn’t like extremely sweet cakes smothered in frosting. Just a dusting of powdered sugar is all that is needed for this cake. You bite into the cinnamon flavored cake and then get that tart little bite of rhubarb……so good!

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  1. Rhubarb cake – oh my goodness. I’ll have to try this. I remember as a kid just grabbing a stalk of Rhubarb and eating it with maybe a little sugar but I loved it. Yum. Thanks for putting this one out there. Thanks

      • And you said your mom gave it to you years if I recall correctly … probably the recipe has been in the family for years.

      • We had the worst stormy day here Diane … we are in our second storm of the day with severe weather at around midnight. I lost my power for 3 1/2 hours from mid-afternoon to almost 7:00 p.m. I would like to return to the “good old days” weather .

      • I saw it on the radar heading your way! We are still getting thunder and lightening and it’s midnight. We lucked out and didn’t get hail or lose our power. I hope you didn’t lose anything in you refrigerator & freezer!

      • Well I had no power for 3 1/2 hours. I think the freezer was fine. I had some lunch meat left and just used it up and had another sandwich rather than let it go bad. They said power would be restored in 3 hours but it was a big storm. I think the dairy stuff in the fridge is okay (yogurt, cream cheese and cheese slices) … I normally don’t trust it, but I think this time 3 1/2 hours is okay. If you don’t hear from me after I eat the dairy products, you’ll know it wasn’t okay. 🙂 I have lost alot of food the last few years from longer power outages and don’t take chances. I normally don’t have much in the fridge/freezer in the Summer months during the hot days where we get volatile storms.

      • Living in the country we never know if the power will go out so we invested in a generator. It will run the sump, TV, light and we switch the cord for our refrigerator and large freezer. Such a great piece of mind!

      • My friend who lives in NY has the worst Winter storms … she is in the snow belt and her power is always going out, so she got an instant-on generator for that very reason. It is a great peace of mind. Plus you likely have a full freezer at any given time as well. You told us you freeze a lot of your fruits from the Summer (maybe veggies as well).

  2. Oh yum! This sounds phenomenal. Usually I stay away from cakes because they do have a tendency to dry out, but if this is moist I will have to try it out ! I loveee Rhubarb anything too. Thanks for sharing, Diane!

    • It is similar to lard. Crisco is a brand of shortening produced by The J.M. Smucker Company popular in the United States. Introduced in June 1911 by Procter & Gamble, it was the first shortening to be made entirely of vegetable oil. Additional products marketed by Smucker under the Crisco brand include a cooking spray, various olive oils, and other cooking oils, including canola, corn, peanut, olive, sunflower, and blended oils.

  3. Mmm this looks & sounds fantastic, Diane! I am someone who doesn’t like over-frosted super sweet cakes so this would be perfect for me. 🙂

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