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Easy Rhubarb Strawberry Cake Recipe

Updated on August 12, 2013

Rhubarb - the Great Dessert Vegetable

When I say "rhubarb," you probably think of jam, or perhaps rhubarb crisp. It surprises many people to learn that rhubarb is actually a vegetable!

Yes, its true. The stalks are the only part of the plant that can be safely eaten (the leaves and roots are poisonous). Like a sweet version of celery, the fibrous stems are easily incorporated into many recipes as a slightly sweet and tart ingredient.

Rhubarb is a perfect crop for areas like the Central Oregon region in which I live. Its perennial, which means that it comes back each year in your garden, and also very hardy. The plant grows well in cooler regions and can stand up to drought, pests and more.

Some of my favorite childhood memories include harvesting rhubarb from our garden - or from my grandmother's 2-acre plot. We'd make pies, jams, muffins and more. No wonder I love rhubarb so much!

When rhubarb combines with strawberries, the resulting dessert is one that has just the perfect combination of sweetness and tart. Warm from the oven, topped with cream, this will be your go-to dessert recipe during spring and summer!

Easy Rhubarb Strawberry Cake
Easy Rhubarb Strawberry Cake | Source

Cook Time for Easy Rhubarb Strawberry Cake

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 45 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
  • Yields: 8-10 slices of cake

How to Make Rhubarb Strawberry Cake

This super easy recipe for rhubarb strawberry cake uses prepared mix to ease preparation time and shopping ingredients. Its so easy that my kids love to help me in the kitchen. It's a great summertime dessert to finish out a special day.


  • 5 c. chopped rhubarb
  • 1 4 oz. package strawberry gelatin
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 package yellow cake mix


1. Mix the cake batter according to directions on the box

2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees

3. Grease a 10-inch round cake pan

4. First, put the chopped rhubarb and strawberries into the pan

5. Add the sugar and gelatin to the mixture and stir together

6. Finally, pour the cake mixture over the top

7. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes

8. Remove from oven, allow to cool for 10 minutes, then turn over onto a serving platter. Slice and serve with additional chopped strawberries and whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream.

Enjoy slightly warm - or see if you can make it last several days at room temperature. If your home is like ours, most if not all of the Rhubarb Strawberry Cake will be gone the first day!

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Easy Dessert Recipes are Perfect for Potlucks

As of the date of publishing this hub, its June. School is out and summer is in full swing. Each week, we have at least one BBQ or party to attend, whether for our children's sports, or just being social. I love how easy this dessert recipe is to prepare and bring on short notice.

Rhubarb and strawberries are in season over the summer months, which means that they are both fresh and inexpensive. Using cake mix and gelatin in the recipe, you can save steps and cut prep time.

In about 1 hour's time - most of which is spent baking in the oven - you can have delicious Rhubarb Strawberry Cake to take to your event, or just celebrate at home with the family.

Rhubarb and Strawberries together in cake
Rhubarb and Strawberries together in cake | Source


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    • stephhicks68 profile image

      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thank you C.! Its a great dessert recipe :)

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      C. Stewart 7 years ago

      Oh my goodness! My is watering!

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Next to rhubarb, I absolutely love cherry pie! Yum!!

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      I love rhubarb pie! My mother-in-law makes a fantasic rhubarb pie that tastes almost like cherry!

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Sandy and Katie - enjoy summer! Rhubarb and strawberries in your garden... yum

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Ewww I love this, I have rhubarb and strawberries growing in my garden... Great tips and great for this the first day of summer. :)

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      This cake looks yummy!

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thank you Habee and Trish! Strawberry Rhubarb is a great combination ;-)

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      trish1048 7 years ago

      Hi Steph,

      This sounds wonderful. My best friend makes strawberry rhubarb pie, and all I can say is, it is to die for :)

      This is getting bookmarked! Thanks!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I'm passing this on to my pal who LOVEs rhubarb!

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Sounds good - rhubarb is a specific taste, that's for sure. Hope your sister in law enjoys the rhubarb strawberry cake! :)

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      I'm not crazy about rhubarb but that surely looks delish! I will have to bookmark it for my sister-in-law.