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Vanilla Rhubarb Cake

If you like vanilla, rhubarb and pound cake, in any order listed, this is the cake for you.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword rhubarb
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 175 kcal
Author Oat&Sesame


  • 3 or 4 stalks of rhubarb cut into strips equal to the width of your loaf pan
  • 1 cup sugar + 4 tbsp more to sprinkle on the rhubarb strips
  • 1 cup sifted all purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter at room temperature + more for pan
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light sour cream at room temperature or plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract plus option to scrape 1 vanilla bean pod into the mix.
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch Kosher salt


  1. Place the rhubarb pieces in a single layer in a baking dish and sprinkle with 4 tbsp of sugar. Let it sit for about an hour or more until the rhubarb releases its juice and sugar starts to dissolve into a little bit of syrup.
  2. Butter a WIDE* loaf pan (I recommend a 5" x 10") and line it with parchment paper. Butter the paper as well.

  3. Place the rhubarb on the bottom of the pan making sure to completely cover the bottom with plenty of rhubarb. Scrape any leftover juices and sugar over the top.
  4. In a bowl beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating with each addition until the batter is airy.
  5. Beat in half of the flour, sour cream, and then the other half of the flour. Beating with each addition.
  6. Stir in vanilla and/or vanilla bean.
  7. Add baking powder and baking soda.
  8. Spoon batter over the rhubarb into the prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes at 350F or until a stick comes out clean.
  9. Let the cake cool.
  10. Invert the pan over a plate. Enjoy!


adapted from Missingflavor.blogspot.com

*If you don't have a wide loaf pan, just don't use all the batter. It will overflow in your oven.

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Rhubarb Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 175
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.