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Easy Rhubarb Strawberry Cake Recipe

Some of my favorite childhood memories include harvesting rhubarb from our garden. No wonder I love rhubarb so much!

Rhubarb: A 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, it's 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. It's 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 two-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

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

45 min

1 hour 5 min

8-10 slices


This super easy recipe for rhubarb strawberry cake uses prepared mix to ease preparation time and shopping ingredients. It's 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 cups chopped rhubarb
  • 1 4 oz. package strawberry gelatin
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cups 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 cake will be gone the first day!

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Easy Dessert Recipes Are Perfect for Potlucks

This cake is perfect for summer potlucks. When school is out and summer is in full swing, we always have weekend barbecues and parties to attend. I love how easy this cake 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 one 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


Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on May 11, 2018:

I haven't had a rhubarb pie in ages. My late mother loved it as well, especially during the holiday season--the frozen variety. I would love to make it this summer and give it a whirl. Great lens!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 27, 2010:

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

C. Stewart on June 27, 2010:

Oh my goodness! My is watering!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 22, 2010:

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

nifty@50 on June 22, 2010:

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

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 21, 2010:

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

Katie McMurray from Ohio on June 21, 2010:

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

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on June 20, 2010:

This cake looks yummy!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 19, 2010:

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

trish1048 on June 19, 2010:

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!

Holle Abee from Georgia on June 19, 2010:

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

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 18, 2010:

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

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on June 18, 2010:

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

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