Rhubarb Coffee Cake

I have never had rhubarb prior to this recipe.

There.

I said it.

This strange red celery thing had intrigued me for a while, but I’d never worked up the guts enough to give it a try. But boy am I glad I finally did.

(My mom wasn’t sure if it was or wasn’t Revaas… but I have confirmed with Wikipedia that it is.)

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I love the mixture of tart and sweet and, from what I gathered from research, rhubarb is highly tart. This coffee cake was fabulous.The cake is just sweet enough for the rhubarb but it’s the crumbs, ohhh the crumbs, that make it delectable. The crumbs, once baked, are big boulders of deliciousness and awesome. FACT.

Note: Coffee cake is the name given to any cake with crumbles on top and not necessarily coffee flavored. Just to clarify.

Alrighty, here we go:

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Rhubarb Filling
3-4 stalks rhubarb (is it politically correct to call them “stalks”??)
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Crumbs
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, melted
1 3/4 cups flour

Cake
1/3 cup buttermilk (1/3 cup milk with about 1 tsp vinegar- let it sit for about 5-10 mins)
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons softened butter, cut into pieces.

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1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut up your rhubarb into 1/2″ pieces.

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2. Sprinkle on the sugar…

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…cornstarch…

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…and ground ginger. Mix it all together to coat all the rhubarb and set it to the side.

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3. Next we’re gonna make the crumbs. Combine the sugars…

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…cinnamon, ginger, and salt, and mix them all together to combine.

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4. Pour in the melted butter.

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5. And mix until the sugar mixture is smooth. It is imperative to mix the sugars with the butter BEFORE adding the flour in to ensure that your crumbs don’t come out all crumbly. Remember, we want big fat BOULDER crumbs, not wimpy dusty ones.

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6. Once your sugar/butter mixture is smooth, then add in the flour and mix until all the flour is wet.

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7. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of a bowl. This’ll ensure maximum boulder-ness later on.

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8. Add your egg and egg yolk and vanilla to your buttermilk. and mix. Set aside for just a bit.

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9. In your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (oh man, I’m not gonna lie, I absolutely love using my stand mixer and thereby getting to use mixer lingo) drop in your dry cake ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt). Let the mixer start mixing to combine all the ingredients.

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10. Pour in half your egg/buttermilk mixture and beat on a higher speed. Then, add in your butter and beat until combined. Pour the other half of the egg/buttermilk mixture once the butter is dispersed throughout. Take out about 1/2 cup of batter and set aside.

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11. Scrape out the cake batter into the bottom of a 9″ cake pan (an 8″x8″ brownie pan would be fantastic… but alas, I do not own one of those). And yes, the cake batter will be thick. Don’t be alarmed. Layer on the rhubarb right on top of the cake batter.

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12. Dollop on the 1/2 cup of reserve cake batter. It doesn’t have to cover all the rhubarb.

And boy! Did it get dark between the time I put the rhubarb and the time I added the rest of the cake batter!

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13. Now, break the crumbs with a fork to separate from the bowl. Try to keep them big and wonderful so break them on top of the cake with your fingers.

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Look how fantastic that looks. And into the oven it goes for about 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Take it out of the oven and let it cool a bit. Or don’t, I sure didn’t. Enjoy!

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