Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

It is an unusual time as we all try to manage our quarantine time at home. I, for one, have been baking up a storm, and I do not usually even enjoy baking! Luckily my daughter and her family live just a mile down the road, so we run all my baking down to them and leave it in their garage. I know my grandkids appreciate the sweet treats, and my husband and I certainly can’t eat all of my baking!

My eldest grandson loves the combination of rhubarb and strawberries, and in fact, had me make rhubarb-strawberry crisp as his Birthday cake last year. My husband is the one who ventures out to do groceries once a week, and I send him off with my list. I had asked him to see if rhubarb had started to show up in our markets yet, and last week he brought me home a large bunch of fresh rhubarb.

I decided to create a coffee cake, using both strawberries and rhubarb. This cake is very moist with the addition of a cream cheese layer, and it has a nice crumble-top, which is one quality I always enjoy in a coffee cake. This cake isn’t too sweet so you could enjoy a slice with your morning coffee, or enjoy it as dessert for dinner with a dollop of whipped cream.

Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele 

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Yield: Serves 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

A moist coffee cake with a creamy cheese layer and a sweet jam layer nestled in a cake batter.



  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons Cornstarch
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Chopped Fresh Strawberries
  • 1 Cup Chopped Fresh or Frozen Rhubarb
  • 2 Tablespoons Water

Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 1 Package (8 ounces) Cream Cheese, At Room Temperature
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg, Lightly Beaten

Cake Batter:

  • 2 Cups All-purpose Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Cold butter, Cubed
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Large Egg, At Room Temperature, Lightly Beaten
  • 3/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds


    1. Preheat oven to 350°.
    2. Use a baking spray to coat the bottom and sides of a 9-inch spring-form pan.
    3. In a small saucepan, mix cornstarch and sugar; stir in strawberries, rhubarb and water.
    4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer until thickened, 6-8 minutes.
    5. For filling, in a small bowl, using an electric hand mixer at medium speed, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth, then beat in egg until blended.
    6. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly.
    7. Reserve 3/4 cup for the topping.
    8. Stir baking powder, baking soda and salt into remaining flour mixture.
    9. In an another bowl, whisk together the egg, sour cream and vanilla until blended; gently stir into flour mixture, being careful not to overmix.
    10. Spread batter onto bottom and 1/2 in. up sides of prepared pan.
    11. Spread cream cheese filling over crust, leaving a 1/2-in. border around edge of pan.
    12. Spoon strawberry rhubarb mixture over top, then sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
    13. Scatter the sliced almonds on top.
    14. Bake until edges are golden brown, about 50 minutes.
    15. Cool on a wire rack 20 minutes, then loosen sides of the cake from pan with a knife.
    16. Cool completely, then remove rim from pan.
    17. Slice and enjoy!


Adapted From Taste of Home

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 473Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 316mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 2gSugar: 36gProtein: 8g

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  1. My daughter and I made this recipe and it came out delicious. You mentioned making Rhubarb- Strawberry Crisp for your grandson in the introduction to the recipe. Would you be willing to share that recipe. We love the combination of Strawberry and Rhubarb.
    Hope all is well.
    Joy Montalbano

  2. Sorry, I should have checked the website first. I found the recipe for Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp.
    Can’t wait to try it.
    Joy Montalbano

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