A Quick Rhubarb Strawberry Cake For a Crowd

by kimbesa

Rhubarb, and four other ingredients, and you’re on your way to a large cake for a group feast

I’m usually a purist when it comes to home baking. I like to cook from scratch, and that means the ingredient list includes flour, sugar, baking soda and other basic ingredients.

Semi-homemade dishes have their fans, too. Those are made using ingredients like boxed mixes and bottled products. If you’ve ever dressed up a can of baked beans with some ketchup, mustard and a few other goodies, you know what I mean.

I’m sure a web search would produce a cake recipe along this line that uses basic ingredients. Or if you like to tinker, create your own.

But if you need a quick cake, using rhubarb, this might just be the one that hits the spot.

I know that April and May are favorite months around our house to get our rhubarb fix! This cake will serve up plenty.

Photos by kimbesa.

Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

A tasty, semi-homemade cake made in a few simple steps. If you don’t want to flip the cake whole, you could turn each serving over as you cut it.

Prep time 30 min  -  Total time 70 min
Ingredients for 12 servings
1 box cake mix, white or yellow  • 4 c. rhubarb, diced  • 1 3oz box strawberry Jell-O  • 1 c. white sugar  • 2 c. miniature marshmallows

Prepare your serving platter. Make sure it’s large enough for a 13x9 inch cake. Or, line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.

Butter a 13x9 inch baking pan. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make up the cake mix according to package directions. Set aside.

Cover the bottom of the baking pan with diced rhubarb. Sprinkle the dry Jell-O over the rhubarb. Sprinkle sugar over this, and cover with marshmallows.

Pour the mixed up cake batter over top of everything in the pan. (Watch that you cover marshmallows, as they can tend to pop out.)

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, until tester comes out clean. Cool in pan for about 10 minutes. Run a dull knife around pan edges.

Place serving tray on top of pan and flip cake out.

Serve with whipped cream, topping, or a side of ice cream.

This version depends on boxed mix ingredients. Easy to make when you have rhubarb and convenience. There’s a Betty Crocker version that uses fresh strawberries in place of the Jello.

Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (1 Votes)

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What Is Rhubarb?

Grow your own or find it in the market

Rhubarb comes from Northwest China. It had medicinal uses dating back more than 2500 years.

Rhubarb in the gardenAlso called pie plant, its culinary uses are for desserts, sauces, jam, even wine.

Rhubarb is an old-fashioned favorite because it’s the first fresh “fruit” of the season. Of course, it’s a stem, but has classified as a fruit because of its uses.

If you have garden space, and live in a cold climate, a few rhubarb plants will produce enough for several pies or cobblers, once they have a few years to get established. Well drained soil helps, but this plant is pretty hardy in a variety of conditions.

If you’re choosing rhubarb in the farmer’s market, look for solid stems that are not mushy or cracked. And thinner stems are generally more tender than the larger ones.

Be sure to cut off any leaves that might remain. They are toxic.

Rhubarb Stems


Cake Ready To Eat

Rhubarb Strawberry Cake
Rhubarb Strawberry Cake

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Updated: 05/28/2013, kimbesa
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Is Rhubarb For You?

kimbesa on 07/27/2015

We have some in the freezer, so we can enjoy rhubarb even when the season has passed. We like it a lot at our house!

MareeT on 09/09/2014

I've never tried rhubarb but your recipe looks wonderful!

kimbesa on 08/05/2014

I hope you will enjoy it, when you try it!

Guest on 08/05/2014

Ooh! I just added this recipe to my "must-try" list. We just added rhubarb to our garden plans for next year. :)

kimbesa on 06/18/2013

Awesome! I hope you thoroughly enjoy it!

MaggiePowell on 06/18/2013

yum.. I picked up some rhubarb yesterday.... will be baking this cake today.

kimbesa on 06/17/2013

Pie is my favorite, though I find cake is easier. It's on my "bucket list" to become good at making pie dough, so it will be easy.

kimbesa on 06/17/2013

:) I'll bet you run into lots of good things to eat on your two-week holiday!

jptanabe on 06/17/2013

Love rhubarb! When I was growing up there was a big patch of rhubarb at the bottom of the garden, so I learned to make rhubarb pie at a young age.

JoHarrington on 06/17/2013

You're making me feel so hungry. :)

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