Springtime Rhubarb Cake


Long time no posting from me . . . my gardens and yard have just kept me so busy. Plus a little mini-trip to the beach to de-stress was in order.

.So I last promised that I would bake a spring cake for Mother’s Day, made with rhubarb that I harvested from my garden. This recipe is one that my mama makes for family get-togethers and it is always devoured! It is made with strawberry jello, lots of sugar, and marshmellows in order to sweeten up the bitter rhubarb and then it is topped with a dry yellow cake mix for a ‘streusel’ effect. I hope that you try this and enjoy with creamy vanilla ice cream on top!

Rhubarb Cake

What You Need:

  • 4 cups rhubarb, leaves cut off, stalks cut up into 1/2" to 1" pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large box strawberry jello
  • 2 cups mini marshmellows
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick of butter, cut into thin slices (for covering the top)
  • 1 yellow cake mix.


  • Spread the first 4 ingredients in a 12" x 9" baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the dry cake mix on top to cover
  • Add cut up pieces of butter and the nuts, scattering evenly on the top of the dry cake mix.
  • Pour the water evenly over all ingredients.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
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Have lots of vanilla ice cream (or gelato) on hand to serve with the cake!


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  1. I’ve never had rhubarb! I really need to try it, I see yummy things everywhere, including this cake. I bet it’s delicious!

  2. Hi dear friend Reeni!

    Yes, rhubarb is pretty good stuff WHEN SWEETENED! :) It is very sour, so thus the need for the sugar and marshmellows. How have you been this spring? I’m enjoying the time off so much — even catching up on housework is a luxury right now!


  3. Rhubard is wonderful however I never cake! Looks really yummy!

  4. Hi Redkathy, This is certainly not a gourmet-type dessert; just one of those family homestyle desserts that everyone just loves to have and enjoy! Thanks for your kind comment! Roz

  5. Hi La Bella Vita….I need a cappuccino too!! I was looking for a recipe using Rhubarb,I bought some yesterday,I couldn’t help myself but to leave a comment on such a lovely blog!! I’m trying to work on a blog but don’t know what I’m doing. I want one to do my postings of the business my husband and i do.We need to set up something…and have it set up to have interaction with people.Oh ‘Home on Forty Acres’ is the name.thanks for the visit!!! Susan

  6. A beautiful beautiful post/recipe with rhubarb! Yummy YUM yum!

  7. until this moment I know that rhubarb can be used in other thing than rabbit food, looks like good and the ingredients give to this recipe a special flavor.

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