Sour Cream Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Have I ever told you I’m nuts about Rhubarb? Ever since I was little – we kids used to take the old blue melamine sugar bowl (this is before we got the Corelle) and sit in the shade of our honeysuckle hedge and pull rhubarb, dip it in the sugar and take a bite. And repeat. Sweet & sour.

Sour Cream Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Sour Cream Rhubarb Coffee Cake

I already have a Rhubarb Coffee Cake on my blog. It’s a little delicate and has a gorgeous Vanilla Sauce. It’s a whole different animal from this coffee cake.

Sour Cream Rhubarb Coffee Cake is super easy (no mixer needed) and is big and fluffy and supremely moist! It is a beautiful thing. Seriously, it’s outstanding. If you love cinnamon, you can add a teaspoon to the batter, but I love this just plain. And if you’d rather use yogurt instead of sour cream, that works well, too.


I love the streusel topping with the white sugar in this recipe – almost all the older Rhubarb recipes I’ve seen pair white sugar rather than brown sugar with rhubarb. I think that’s because it really lets the Rhubarb flavor come forward.

The white sugar topping doesn’t get melty and gooey like a brown sugar streusel, though; the sugar stays a little grainy and crunchy. You’ll find after a day or two the topping softens up, and while it’s still delish, isn’t quite at its peak.

Sour Cream Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Sour Cream Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Rhubarb Coffee Cake

  • Servings: 24
  • Difficulty: easy
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil and flour a 9 x 13″ pan.


In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and butter until smooth. Add the flour and mix until crumbs form. Set aside.


In a large bowl, stir together sugar, baking soda, salt and flour. In a smaller bowl, mix eggs and sour cream until smooth, then add to the above mixture, stirring until incorporated.

Fold in the rhubarb, spread into the baking pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Sprinkle with the topping.

Bake about 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

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Today, of course, I’ll be linking to our very own Throwback Thursday Link Party, hosted by Quinn of Dad What’s for Dinner, Meaghan of 4 Sons are Us, Alli of Tornadough, Carlee from Cooking with Carlee and Moi! That’s right – me!

Click over to our latest Throwback Thursday post for links to their blogs and social media, rules and more info or, as always, to see all the links or add your own, click on the little blue frog, below.

And, as I do almost every Friday, I’ll be linking up to Angie’s Fiesta Friday – this week is Fiesta Friday 124, and the co-hosts this week are Lindy @ Love in the Kitchen and Liz @ spades, spatulas & spoons.


48 thoughts on “Sour Cream Rhubarb Coffee Cake”

    1. Debbie, the rhubarb is a little more subtle than you’d guess, so I think anyone would love it, but if you love rhubarb, I KNOW you’ll love it!!

      My folks are big fans, too!


    1. Hi Lindy, thanks for stopping by and thanks for hosting FF for us!! I just realized I hadn’t linked up properly, so I’ve fixed it! Have a great week!


  1. This looks a delicious cake to have with coffee. I haven’t tried out any rhubarb recipes, because it is hard to come by here, but your photo and recipe makes me want to try it out. Thanks for sharing this at the fiesta.

  2. Mollie– this looks so tender and amazing!! I’ve never ever heard of rhubarb in coffee cake, but I’d love to try it!! I love a simple cake, that you whip up and enjoy with a mug of tea and this looks like that kind of cake. thanks! xo

    1. Thanks Rhonda. I grew up with a lot of rhubarb recipes – maybe it’s more of a midwestern thing, or a rural one? because I’ve had several people comment that the concept was new to them. This one is really worth making, even if you have to search out rhubarb. 🙂

  3. Errrrrrrrrrg
    It looks soooooooooooo GOOD and I’m jealous!! Do send me this cake – pl;easeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    We don’t have rhubarb here

  4. I used to eat rhubarb like that as well! Your cake looks great — always on the lookout for new rhubarb recipes.

  5. I haven’t ever knowingly eaten rhubarb and I don’t see it happening in the near future even though your coffee cake looks delicious. I’ll stick with stone fruits. 🙂

    1. So even though this is called coffee cake here in the states it doesn’t actually have coffee in it – I think the name came about for these casual cakes that are almost like a quick bread but a little softer because back in the day when the men went off to work, the wives would kick back with the neighbors and eat cakes like this and drink coffee!

      But yes, it is yum!!

      1. Ahhh I see, coffee cake over here has coffee in it!! I thought I didn’t see coffee in the recipe! Lol. Bet it still tasted great though. I could totally kick back with a coffee and a piece of this cake!

          1. That’s what’s great about baking and sharing recipes on blogs, you get to see how others do certain recipes. Recipes never appear to be the same and you can try out others take on cakes.

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