Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake

Course: Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 52 minutes
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 241
Author: Lord Byron's Kitchen
Old fashioned is new again with this Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake; made with simple pantry ingredients, and served only with a dusting of powdered sugar and a scoop of good vanilla ice cream, this cake is the epitome of all early summer desserts!
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  • 1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon white vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups rhubarb, diced about 1 cm thick


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a 10 inch cake pan by liberally greasing with non-stick spray.  Set aside.
  • With a hand-held mixer, blend together the butter and sugar until well combined.  
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, and incorporate into the butter and sugar mixture.
  • Next, add the vanilla, sour cream, and milk.  With the hand-mixer set to a low speed, incorporate the ingredients well.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add to the wet ingredients, and once again with the hand-mixer set to a low speed, incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just mixed through.
  • Lastly, stir in the rhubarb with a rubber or wooden spatula.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and even spread the batter around the pan.  Tap the pan firmly on a hard surface to help rid the batter of any air bubbles and to ensure the batter is into the corners of the cake pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool in the cake pan for 15 minutes before turning the cake out onto a wire cooling rack.  
  • When completed cooled, dust with confectioner's sugar and serve with vanilla ice cream.  (Optional)


Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1.2mg