Friday, June 6, 2014

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

I am a big lover of coffee cake. Which, incidentally, means that I love it a lot, not that I am BIG. Just sayin'...

Coffee cake consistency is very similar to that of muffins. But it is Obviously. Pouring batter into one large pan or 24 small muffin cups? Muffin cups are always a headache. Is it only me, or does anyone else have a problem with batter drips, spoons stuck to paper cup linings, and paper cup linings turning head over heels-full of batter? Oh, it's only me?


I love coffee cake still warm from the oven, accompanied by (what else?) a cup of coffee. Such a delicious morning treat.

This recipe is great, if you have a plethora of rhubarb (like I had last week). It is great even if you don't have a plethora of rhubarb. The recipe combines the tangy sourness of rhubarb with a sugary streusel topping for a magnificent end product.

You need about a pound of rhubarb to get 3 cups of chopped rhubarb. (I just googled that to make sure and I was right on. All I have to do is remember those numbers when I get rhubarb-happy next spring)

Without further ado (or further parenthetical statements)...

Rhubarb Coffee Cake
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup sour cream
3 cups diced rhubarb

Streusel Topping:
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
ground cinnamon, for dusting

-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking dish.
-In a large bowl, stir together 1 1/4 cups sugar, baking soda, salt and 2 cups flour. Stir in the eggs and sour cream until smooth, then fold in the rhubarb. Pour into the prepared dish and spread evenly.
-In a smaller bowl, stir together the remaining 1 cup sugar and butter until smooth. Stir in 1/4 cup flour until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle the mixture on top of the cake then dust lightly with cinnamon.
-Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

Have a wonderful weekend!