How to Make Rhubarb Cake and Rhubarb Sauce

Make Your Own Rhubarb Cake and Rhubarb Sauce!

Every spring my rhubarb patch provides the main ingredient for a wonderful array of delicious treats. I love making rhubarb cake, rhubarb sauce, rhubarb potluck pie, strawberry rhubarb freezer jam, and vanilla rhubarb jam from scratch. This is just the beginning of the season and I’m on my second cake!

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This is actually the same recipe that I bake in loaf pans and call rhubarb bread. But it’s healthier if I call it bread, right?! Here’s the easy recipe for either one…

Rhubarb cake

Easy Rhubarb Cake

This light, fluffy cake has a tangy sweet rhubarb flavor that makes a wonderful spring dessert!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 12


  • 9" x 13" cake pan


  • 3 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 2 eggs, medium
  • 2 cups rhubarb chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9 x 13" cake pan or two 8" round cake pans.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the sugar and combine.
  • Add the milk, vegetable oil, molasses, and vanilla and beat with electric mixer until combined. Scrape the sides and bottom to incorporate all dry ingredients.
  • Add the eggs and beat on medium for three minutes.
  • Fold the chopped rhubarb into the batter and pour into the cake pan.
  • Bake for approximately 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.


You may substitute butter for the vegetable oil by creaming together the butter and sugar and adding the milk and dry ingredients alternately as you beat the batter.
You may substitute whole wheat pastry flour or regular flour for the unbleached flour.
Try adding a teaspoon of cinnamon for a bit more flavor.
I sometimes make a brown sugar crumble to top this cake. Melt 2 tbsps of butter, mix in 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Sprinkle over the batter before baking.
If you prefer to make ‘Rhubarb Bread’ instead of cake, pour the batter into two greased 9″ x 5″ loaf pans and bake for about the same length of time.

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Rhubarb Sauce

If you like rhubarb, you’re sure to enjoy rhubarb sauce. It’s super easy to do and I love the flavor!

  • rhubarb
  • sugar
  • water

Wash and chop your rhubarb stalks. Dump them all in a sauce pan with enough water to cover the bottom of the pan about an inch deep. Turn heat to medium until water is boiling, then turn down to simmer. Stir so that rhubarb on top cooks too. When all the rhubarb is cooked and tender, turn heat off and add sugar to taste. Stir sugar in while rhubarb is still warm so it will dissolve easily.

You can eat the rhubarb sauce as it is, or use it to top ice cream, cake, mix into yogurt, or use in place of the liquid and sugar in some of your baked goods.

Do you like rhubarb? What is your favorite recipe for rhubarb?

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