Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Grandma Edna's Rhubarb Cake

This is one of my absolute favorite rhubarb recipes. It originated with O Wise One's Grandmother Edna. She was of German descent and a fabulous baker and homemaker. It is an old fashioned recipe made with simple ingredients that are easily obtained and most usually on hand in most kitchens. It reminds me of many of the coffee cakes made today with a crispy pecan, butter and sugar topping that gets really crisp. This is great in the morning with a good cup of coffee. I made it for dessert on Saturday night. I served it with black eyed peas and ham, sawmill salad, cornbread and this rhubarb cake for dessert.  Grandma Edna would be proud.  

Grandma Edna's Rhubarb Cake
1/2 cup margarine
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups rhubarb sliced in 1/2 inch pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch salt

1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon flour


Preheat oven to 350

Combine 1/2 cup softened margarine, 1 1/2 cups brown sugar and cream well. Add 1 egg and mix well. 

Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1 cup sour cream and mix well. Add sour cream mixture to sugar mixture and stir until combined.

(I freeze my rhubarb in 1 cup increments and they work great in this recipe when halved)

To this mixture add 2 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups sliced rhubarb, 1 teaspoon vanilla and a pinch of salt. Stir well.

Pour batter into buttered 9 X 13 baking dish


1/2 cup chopped nuts. I use my frozen pecans from last year from the freezer. 

To your chopped pecans add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 Tablespoon melted butter and 1 Tablespoon flour. Mix it all together just until all flour is incorporated and pecans coated.

Sprinkle pecan, sugar and cinnamon mixture over cake batter.

Bake in 350 oven for approximately 40 minutes or until top of cake is golden brown.  

You can also half this recipe and bake it in a skillet. What a great snack cake or morning coffee cake. Something a little different than the traditional rhubarb pie but just as good and simple too! And a great use for that frozen rhubarb.

Blessings from The Holler

The Canned Quilter


  1. I love your picture. My great grandma (who was blind) would step off her back porch and pick rhubarb for a pie from a little bed beside the house. I'll have to try the cake. It looks somewhat like the raw apple cakes I make.

  2. Thanks for sharing that! I had hoped you would when I saw it earlier. I've wanted an alternative to the pie, and the rhubarb is ready!

  3. This recipe looks fantastic! I am actually hosting a rhubarb linky party at as part of our Fresh Produce Tuesday series. I would love if you submitted this recipe!


  4. I love recipes that have long family history behind them, they are almost always some of the best I have found. Rhubarb is in season in my area right now and I would be very happy if you would link up this recipe on my Seasonal Eats May roundup <a href=">found here</a>, which highlights posts about using seasonal ingredients in great recipes.

  5. Oh darlin', my MIL used to make this cake...handed down by her mother.'s to die for but don't ya'll go dyin' before ya try it!!!

    Boy, did this bring back some memories!!!

    God bless ya sweetie and have a fantastic day! :o)

  6. This sounds so yummy! Love the picture you shared too. I love old pictures.

  7. I feel terrible in that I've never had a chance to really do anything fun with rhubarb. We keep getting it from our CSA, and if I remember to stew it up and use it in oatmeal before it wilts, I'm happy. But now I'll have to give this a try!

  8. For many years all I've ever done with rhubarb is make sauce and an occasional pie. I was just recently given a recipe for rhubarb bread, found a recipe for rhubarb ice cream and now here is your recipe for rhubarb cake! Yay! More ways to use rhubarb! Thanks for sharing Grandma's recipe!

  9. First off, I want to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog. Second...I made this cake today and it is so good! Hubby has already eaten 2 huge pieces, guess he likes it. :)
    I usually make 1 or 2 rhubarb crisp every spring, but last year we couldn't even find rhubarb in the stores. Hubby got the rhubarb for this cake today and it was almost $5.00 a pound! I couldn't believe it, I have never paid that much...but it has been a couple of years. I think I need to start growing it. :) Thanks for sharing your's a keeper!

  10. Salivating over this! Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

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