Coffee Cake, Snack Cake, Or …?

When a couple of cups of diced rhubarb made their way home with me after a recent trip to visit my parents, I knew exactly what I was going to use them in. A moist, delicious cake that is equally at home with mid-morning coffee, afternoon tea, or after dinner as a comforting dessert:

The key to the texture in this fantastic cake involves two elements: the moist cake (as a result of sour cream and rhubarb) and the crunchy-sweet topping (consisting of brown sugar, sliced almonds, and coconut). The sour cream and rhubarb will keep this cake moist for days, if it lasts that long! While I might normally cover a cake with a lid or plastic wrap, this one is just fine without either. In fact, if you don't let it breathe a bit, you might find it getting soggy.

Leaving the cake uncovered will also keep the topping crunchy and light. Pair this cake with milk, coffee, tea, or even a little dessert wine. It's always nice to have a versatile dessert to enjoy when summer's keeping you busy. This one won't disappoint. I haven't tried making it as muffins, but I think doing so and baking them for 12-15 minutes would be fantastic and I plan to try that the next time I have extra rhubarb on hand. Enjoy!

Rhubarb Crumb Cake

  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/4 c. sugar
  • 2 c. raw rhubarb, diced
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. sliced almonds
  • 1/2 c. coconut

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the egg and sour cream. Stir until well mixed. Carefully add the salt, flour, and baking soda. Mix to combine. Add the sugar and rhubarb. Still until incorporated. Spread the batter into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Combine the remaining ingredients (brown sugar through coconut) and sprinkled over the batter in the baking pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting.

  • Yields: 16 servings
  • Preparation Time: 45 minutes

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