Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
One of my favorite things about this time of year is the abundance of Strawberries and Rhubarb. This Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake is the perfect beginning or end to any day.

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffeecake is an easy to make family favorite perfect for brunch or dessert.

This recipe goes out to all my Strawberry Rhubarb Coffeecake lovers out there.

One of the first food related things I learned about Colt years ago was he loves rhubarb so I quickly learned how to make Rhubarb Pie and Crisp to keep him content.

This Strawberry Rhubarb Coffeecake is no exception to his favorites list with it's light and moist layer of cake filled with sweet and tangy strawberry rhubarb filling then topped with a layer of brown sugar cinnamon crumb topping for the perfect balance of flavors.

What's not to love?

I might have enjoyed a slice for breakfast, and dessert because I couldn't think of a better beginning or ending to the day.

It pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


In a medium sized saucepan stir together:
  • 3 cups Sliced Rhubarb
  • 2 cups Chopped Strawberries
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup  Cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon Water

Stir together until well combined.


Cook over medium heat while stirring for about 5 minutes until cornstarch starts to cook and thicken but rhubarb is still firm.

Set aside to cool.


In a large bowl combine: 
  • 1 1/3 cups Brown Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
Mix until combined.


Cut 4 tablespoons of cold butter into chunks and mix on low speed until well combined.

Alternatively you could use your fingers and work the butter into the sugar mixture. Until evenly combined and crumbly.


Brown sugar mixture should stick together when squeezed with fingers. Move to a medium sized bowl and set aside.


In a large mixing bowl cream together:
  • 3/4 cup cold Butter
Slowly add 1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar while mixing on medium speed.

(The cold butter helps add volume to the batter and holds it's texture better making for a lighter cake.)


Scrape sides of bowl and add 4 eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition.

Then add 2 teaspoons Vanilla.


Batter should be looking light and fluffy at this point.


  • 1 1/2 teaspoon teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
Mix until well combined and scrape bowl well to evenly distribute.


Add 3 cups All- Purpose or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour 1 cup at a time alternating with 1 1/2 cups Sour Cream (1/2 cup at a time.)


Mix on low speed between each addition until just combined, being careful not to over mix.


I might be weird but I love the look of a gorgeous cake batter! 


I like to butter a 9"x13" pan and line with parchment paper. Butter parchment paper well.

(If parchment paper isn't available you can butter pan well.)

Spread half of cake batter over the bottom of the cake pan.


Spread all of the strawberry rhubarb mixture over the batter.


Spread remaining cake batter evenly over the top.


Take Brown Sugar Crumb and squeeze between fingers to make crumbs, spread evenly over the top of cake..


Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.

Cool completely and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffeecake is a delicious beginning or ending to your day.

The perfect slice of cake for any occasion with it's a gorgeous pink Strawberry Rhubarb filling and warm brown sugar crumb topping.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Classic Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake made extraordinary with a layer of strawberry rhubarb filling and a brown sugar cinnamon crumb topping. Perfect for brunch or dessert from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
5 out of 5 based on 6 user ratings
prep time: 25 minscook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 25 mins


Strawberry Rhubarb Filling
  • 3 cups Rhubarb Sliced 1/4" Thick
  • 2 cups Strawberries, Diced
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons Water
Brown Sugar Crumb
  • 1 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons All-Purpose or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons Cold Butter, Diced
Coffee Cake Batter
  • 3/4 cup Cold Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 4 whole Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour Or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Sour Cream
  • Powdered Sugar For Dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9"x13" pan and line with parchment paper. Butter parchment paper well and set aside.
Strawberry Rhubarb Filling
  1. In a medium sized saucepan add rhubarb, strawberries, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and water. Mix until well combined. 
  2. Heat over medium heat and stir for about 5 minutes or until cornstarch starts to thicken but rhubarb is still firm. 
  3. Remove from heat and set aside.
Brown Sugar Crumb
  1. In a large bowl combined brown sugar, 3 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. 
  2. Mix until well combined. Add 4 tablespoons cold butter diced and mix on low speed until well combined and crumbly. 
  3. Remove to a medium sized bowl and set aside.
Coffee Cake Batter
  1. Add 3/4 cup cold butter to mixing bowl and beat until smooth and creamy. Slowly add sugar while beating at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs one at a time beating well between each addition. Scrape sides of bowl between each egg.
  3. Then add vanilla and mix well.
  4. Add baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Beat on medium-high speed until well combined. Scrape sides of bowl.
  5. Add flour 1 cup at a time alternating with 1/2 cup sour cream mixing on low speed until just combined being careful not to over mix and all of flour and sour cream is added.
Assemble Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake
  1. Spread half of the cake batter into the bottom of prepared pan and spread to the edge.
  2. Cover evenly with strawberry rhubarb filling and spread to the edge.
  3. Spread with remaining cake batter and spread evenly.
  4. Press brown sugar crumb topping between fingers to form crumbs and distribute evenly over the top of the cake.
  5. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean.
  6. Allow cake to cool completely.
  7. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
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  1. I'm craving this Serena. It looks wonderful and I'm sure the aroma as it baked was amazing!

  2. Your man knows his food! Rhubarb and ice cream is unbeatable! This coffee cake is not only so pretty with the layers, the flavor combo sounds absolutely delicious!

  3. Oh my goodness, this looks heavenly! That topping looks to die for, and I love the thick ribbon of strawberry rhubarb filling running through the center of the cake (so many coffee cakes I've seen have a great topping, but then the cake itself is rather nondescript, with nothing interesting punctuating its texture). I'll definitely have to give this a try!

  4. This looks beautiful! Just love the strawberry and rhubarb filling.

  5. A perfectly made coffee cake which since I don't drink so much coffee I would happily enjoy it with a cup of chocolate!

  6. I made it vegan by using egg substitute, vegan margarine, and coconut milk vs sour cream. Added about 1/2 cup more flour to make less runny. Amazing result - big fluffy delicious cake! Awesome recipe! Thx

  7. Great flavor combo! Must try it vegan made too.

  8. Can you use frozen rhubarb?

  9. Prep time was a little understated. I used convection bake and it took about 70 minutes. The cake is fantastic! I thought a little heavy on the topping but husband absolutely loved it. Thanks for a great recipe.


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