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Rhubarb-Almond Cake

I’ve got a serious question for you guys today. Ready?

What set of standards do you apply when trying to decide whether or not a particular cake can be consumed for breakfast?

Is the presence or absence of frosting a consideration? Or what about the name? Baked goods labeled “coffee cake” seems to fall appropriately into the breakfast category. But something called “triple dark chocolate fudge layer cake” is probably firmly rooted in the dessert category.

Oh and what if it has fruit and nuts baked into it? Then it’s basically like oatmeal, right? I think my reasoning is pretty solid here.

I know all this cake chatter seems silly. But it’s the kind of weird stuff that I think about sometimes.

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I’ve labeled this Rhubarb-Almond Cake “dessert”, but I certainly ate it for breakfast on more than one occasion this past week. I highly recommend you try it out for both breakfast and dessert. You know. Just to make sure you have all your bases covered.

The cake itself is sweet, tender and moist. While the rhubarb provides a fabulous little burst of tartness in almost every single bite. This cake comes together in a breeze. And even if you’re not much of a cake decorator (I certainly am NOT!), you can impress your friends with this recipe, which has an easy to pull off presentation “wow factor”. Just arrange the top layer of rhubarb in a radiating (yet still decidedly rustic) pattern and you’re more than good to go.

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I’m sharing my Rhubarb-Almond Cake as part of our monthly seasonal eating guide organized by Becky from Vintage Mixer. May has some real stand-outs in the produce department, including peas, which are one of my personal favorites. I’m thinking lots of big, fresh salads are going to be coming out of my kitchen this month!

Check out Becky’s #eatseasonal guide for tons of recipes that highlight the fruits and vegetables that are available this months. And be sure to scroll down below to see what the other members of our group made in celebration of May.



Recipe adapted from this Blackberry and Almond Coffee Cake

Rhubarb-Almond Cake

Yield: Makes one 10-inch cake

Rhubarb-Almond Cake


  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • About 0.75 lbs rhubarb
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • Powdered sugar for serving, if desired


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan with a round of parchment paper. Then generously coat the parchment paper and the sides of the springform pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat 1 cup of the sugar and the butter on medium speed until light and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs in one at a time, mixing after each addition. Then beat in the yogurt, orange zest and the extracts.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom and salt. Add these dry ingredients to the cake batter, adding in about one-third at a time, mixing on low speed until no more white streaks remain. Set aside.
  4. Trim and discard any leaves and woody ends from the rhubarb. If the rhubarb stalks are wide, slice them in half lengthwise. Then cut the rhubarb stalks into pieces about 1 1/2-inches in length.
  5. Spread about half of the cake batter into an even layer on the bottom of your prepared springform pan. The batter will be thick and a bit tacky. Layer about half of the rhubarb on top, leaving about 1-inch between the pieces and around the edges of the pan. Then spread the remaining cake batter over the rhubarb. Arrange the remaining rhubarb pieces on top. Sprinkle the sliced almonds and the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar over the surface of the cake.
  6. Transfer the cake to your pre-heated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove the cake form the oven and set it on a wire rack to cool. Once cooled, run a knife around the outer edge of the cake and release the sides of the springform pan. Cut the cake into slices and serve with a dusting of powder sugar, if desired.
  7. The cake can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

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54 comments on “Rhubarb-Almond Cake”

  1. I’m in for breakfast or dessert with this beauty Liz! Love the addition of the almond meal and the almond extract and the hint of cardamon. A gorgeous spring/summer cake!

  2. Beautiful cake, Liz and completely appropriate for breakfast 🙂

  3. To me, if there is fruit or nuts, or it’s name contains “crumb” or “coffee” than the cake is perfectly acceptable for breakfast. But I’m sure there are a few “rules” that apply to making a cake acceptable for breakfast that I just forgot to mention. Anyways, THIS cake is beyond perfect for breakfast… and lunch… and dinner. And dessert, while I’m at it. 😉 Love rhubarb and almond together! Simply stunning, Liz! Cheers, girlfriend!

  4. I’m a firm believer that fruit and nut cakes can pass for breakfast food. Team Cake for Breakfast right here! 😉 This rhubarb cake looks pheeeeeenomenal! I love that you use Greek yogurt and almond meal. My mouth is watering just thinking about a hunk or three of this treat!

    • Glad you’re with me on the whole “cake for breakfast” thing. This is totally why we are friends! XOXO!

  5. My philosophy is any kind of cake with fruit it in can pass for breakfast, and this would definitely make very happy to wake up to! I love rhubarb, Greek yogurt, and those crunchy sliced almonds! This is THE perfect breakfast.

  6. Breakfast all the way. To prove this is dessert, we could serve it with ice cream!!!

  7. You KNOW I love this cake, whether it’s served for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snack – I don’t need a label! Yay for rhubarb!

  8. This cake is gorgeous- those sliced almonds and that pretty pink rhubarb is just to die for 🙂

  9. Cake should be consumed at all times of the day. That’s a rule some where.. This cake is spectacular!!

  10. I’ve had, in my head, an idea for a tart with similar flavors. I love everything about this! Making it asap! xoxo

  11. OMGeee LIZ!! I have zero standards when it comes to cake.. Really. If cake is in the house, I’m in trouble! 😀 So just hand me a fork, I don’t mind being judged. I’d devour this cake anytime, no matter the time of day. If you put it in front of me, it’s a gonner! Just gorgeous… and I love the addition of greek yogurt. Sublime! xo

    • Ha ha. Yeah, I’m the same way. Cake in my house is big trouble for me too. That’s why I don’t make them as often as I would like. It’s my only form of self control!

  12. Just wanted to say I made this cake Saturday for two different dinners, and it got rave reviews, even from non-rhubarb lovers. My husband even said it was restaurant-quality — it was that good. Thanks for the great recipe! I’ll keep it for next rhubarb season!

    • Yay Beth! That is so awesome to hear. You seriously just made my day. Thanks for sharing your experience with me. XOXO!

  13. This is an amazing recipe! I’ve made it 3 times in just over a week! I’ve been mixing the rhubarb with some raspberries/tay berries too. This worked out great for me!

  14. Can I use frozen rhubarb and if yes, do I have to defrost it before using ?
    Sorry for me poor english ….

    • I have not tried this recipe with frozen rhubarb. But I would suggest thawing it first, so it doesn’t release too much liquid into the cake as it bakes.

    • I made this with 3 cups of thawed and throughly drained rhubarb frozen last summer. It was in the oven for an hour. Looked pretty, but was a puddle when I removed the springform pan. I am a veteran cake baker, but could not tell that only the very outside edges of the cake had baked.

      • Sorry you had trouble with this recipe, Wendy. I have not made with recipe with frozen rhubarb, so that could be the culprit. I have made it many times with fresh (and made several other versions of this recipe with different fresh fruits) and have never had a problem. Did you use thick Greek yogurt or something else?

  15. Just made this delicious cake tonight with frozen rhubarb and it’s great. Will be making it again as the new seasons rhubarb is just about ready to pick. Thanks

    • That’s awesome, Terri! I haven’t tried it with frozen rhubarb, so I’m so happy to hear that it worked out. Yay!

  16. One slice for breakfast, another later for dessert, love this!

  17. I think I might try it with fresh pineapple pieces, what do you think, will it work? I love pineapple.

    • Pineapple is a bit juicier than rhubarb, so you might have some excess liquid that comes out during cooking. But I imagine it would be ok.

  18. This recipe sounds just like what I have been looking for.Can’t wait to try it! I have used frozen rhubarb before and it is IMPORTANT that you squeeze the excess water out of the runbarb before using.It will turn out perfectly without being wet and soggy.Hope that helps.Thanks for sharing this recipe.We like our rhubarb to be on the tart side.So using the recipe as stated,it will be on the tart side?

    • Yes! Good reminder about squeezing out all the excess liquid from the rhubarb! This recipe is a cake, so it’s sweet but not overly so. You could probably cut down on the sugar a couple tablespoons if you wish.

  19. Made this cake last night. It was delicious! I just wanted to point out though, that my bake time was double the listed bake time to get the center to set.

    • Glad it was delicious, Debra! And glad you were able to increase the bake time to get it to set. Thanks for sharing!

  20. I made this cake for my own bday. It was soooo good. Next time I would add more rhubarb and cardamom but that is just my preference. It definitely needed more bake time – at least an extra 15 mins but not sure if it was because I used a pie dish (I didn’t realize I needed a springform until I already bought ingredients). Will definitely make again especially for a party.

  21. Can I use something other then almond meal? 

    • Hi Torey. You could simply use all all-purpose flour. Or use a little bit of wheat flour, if you prefer.

  22. I have almond flour- can that be substituted for almond meal?

  23. Approximately how many cups of rhubarb would .75 lbs be?

    • I did not measure the amount in cups, since the rhubarb is cut to remain somewhat long. Trying to fit it in a measuring cup wouldn’t have been super accurate. You can use the images here as a guide, spacing out the rhubarb to match. Hope this helps!

  24. I added blueberries when I made this cake in the spring. Planning on substituting plums for all the fruit this weekend. Later, I might use cranberries or a mix of cranberry and orange. This is a delicious and versatile recipe. 

  25. I made this yesterday and loved how it turned out! I don’t often use my spring form pan and was so thrilled that it turned out exactly like your picture. My husband wasn’t too keen on trying it because he “wasn’t sure how he feels about rhubarb” but I forced him to take a slice to work and he just texted me saying how amazing it was 🙂

  26. This looks amazing! I only have 200ml of Greek yoghurt do you think that will work ok?

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