Delicious Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe

As a barista, I’ve found that coffee and pastries are a match made in heaven. The rich, bold flavor of coffee pairs perfectly with the sweet, indulgent taste of cakes and pastries. That’s why I’m excited to share with you my new favorite recipe: Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake.

This delicious coffee cake combines the classic flavors of rhubarb with the nutty taste of almonds to create a mouth-watering treat that’s perfect for breakfast, dessert, or mid-day snacking. With its soft crumb and buttery crust, this cake is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

But what really makes this recipe special is the addition of coffee. That’s right – we’re taking your standard coffee cake to the next level by infusing it with a rich, smooth coffee flavor. Whether you’re a coffee-lover or not, you’ll be able to appreciate the depth and complexity that it brings to this classic recipe.

In this article, I’ll walk you through step-by-step on how to create this great and easy recipe, that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. With its mix of tangy rhubarb pieces and crunchy almonds in every bite, this cake is sure to be your new favorite treat. Try it out today for an irresistible combination of flavors and textures!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Picture yourself taking a bite of a perfectly moist and buttery coffee cake with tangy rhubarb swirls and crunchy almond topping on top. A beautiful sight, isn’t it?

This almond rhubarb coffee cake recipe is the perfect breakfast treat, midday snack, or dessert after dinner that will leave your taste buds craving for more.

What makes this recipe special is its unique combination of ingredients that come together to create a treat that is both complex and well-balanced. The tangy and tart flavor of the rhubarb is perfectly balanced out by the sweetness of the brown sugar and vanilla extract. The nutty flavor of the almond crumble topping adds just the right amount of crunch to this already perfect cake.

One more thing: it’s easy to make! Even if you’re not an experienced baker, you can put together this gorgeous rhubarb coffee cake recipe with minimal effort and time. To make your life even easier, I’ve included some tips on substitutions and variations in case you don’t have all the necessary ingredients.

Trust me when I say, this recipe will be a crowd-pleaser no matter where you serve it. Whether you’re hosting a brunch or a dinner party, this almond rhubarb coffee cake will have everyone begging for the recipe.

So go ahead, give my almond rhubarb coffee cake recipe a try. Indulge in every bite and let me know what you think!

Ingredient List

 Enjoy a slice of heaven with our Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake!
Enjoy a slice of heaven with our Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake!

Take a look at the ingredient list to make sure that you have everything you need to make this delicious Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake. Keep in mind that using high-quality ingredients will result in the best tasting cake.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup (225g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups diced fresh rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup milk

For the almond crumble topping:

  • 3/4 cup (100g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar, divided
  • 6 tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (100g) sliced or chopped almonds

Make sure to measure all of your ingredients accurately, as this will impact the final result of the cake.

The Recipe How-To

 Let the aroma of fresh coffee and baked goods fill the air with this heavenly recipe.
Let the aroma of fresh coffee and baked goods fill the air with this heavenly recipe.

Now, let’s get into the exciting part – making our Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe. Follow along with these simple steps and you’ll have a delicious almond rhubarb cake on your hands in no time.

Preheat Oven and Prepare Baking Dish

Preheat your oven to 350°F while you prepare the baking dish. Grab a 9-inch square or round cake pan and line it with parchment paper. Grease the parchment paper with butter or non-stick cooking spray to ensure that your cake doesn’t stick to the pan.

Mix the Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and ½ teaspoon of salt.

Cream the Butter and Sugar

In a separate bowl, cream together 1 cup of unsalted butter and 1 cup of white sugar until light and fluffy. Use a handheld mixer or stand mixer at medium speed for about 3 minutes.

Add Eggs and Almond Extract

Beat in 2 large eggs one at a time, then add in 1 teaspoon of almond extract.

Combine Flour Mixture and Milk

Add about a third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating until just blended. Then add half of the milk mixture; beat until just blended. Repeat with another third of flour mixture, then the remaining milk mixture, and finally with the last third of the flour mixture. Be careful not to overmix – you want to stop mixing as soon as there are no more visible lumps in the batter.

Fold in Rhubarb

Next, gently fold in 1 ½ cups of fresh rhubarb, chopped into small pieces.

Make Almond Crumble Topping

For the almond crumble topping, combine ¾ cup of all-purpose flour, ¾ cup of almond flour, ¾ cup of white sugar, and 1 teaspoon of salt in another bowl. Add in 1 cup of unsalted butter, cubed, and mix everything together with your fingers until crumbly.

Assemble the Cake

Pour your cake mixture into your prepared cake pan, then sprinkle the almond crumble topping on top. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool and Serve

Let the cake cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before removing it from the pan and placing it on a wire rack to cool completely. Serve this delicious Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake as is, or with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top for an extra special treat. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 A perfect blend of tart rhubarb and sweet almond flavors.
A perfect blend of tart rhubarb and sweet almond flavors.

As a barista and coffee enthusiast, I love experimenting with different flavors and ingredients to create unique recipes. If you’re looking to mix things up with this almond rhubarb coffee cake recipe, here are a few substitutions and variations to try:

– Gluten-Free: If you’re on a gluten-free diet or have a gluten intolerance, swap out the all-purpose flour for almond flour. This will give your coffee cake an added nutty flavor and denser texture.

– Strawberry Rhubarb: For a sweet and tart twist, swap out the rhubarb for fresh strawberries, or use a combination of both. This will add a summery flavor to your cake that’s perfect for warmer months.

– Keto-Friendly: If you’re following a low-carb or keto diet, you can still enjoy this delicious coffee cake by substituting the sugar for a keto-friendly sweetener like erythritol or stevia.

– Almond Meal: If you want to add more almond flavor to your cake, swap out some of the flour for almond meal. This will give your cake a subtle nuttiness that pairs perfectly with the rhubarb.

– Sour Cream: If you want to add an extra layer of moisture and tanginess to your coffee cake, substitute some of the milk with sour cream.

Remember, when making substitutions, it’s important to keep in mind how they might affect the texture and flavor of your cake. Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find the perfect combination that suits your taste buds!

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect breakfast treat or afternoon snack - this cake is perfect anytime of day!
The perfect breakfast treat or afternoon snack – this cake is perfect anytime of day!

Now that you have made this delicious almond rhubarb coffee cake recipe, it’s time to serve it up and enjoy! This cake makes an excellent treat for breakfast, brunch or tea time. Serve it up with a warm cup of coffee or tea to get the perfect flavor combination.

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something new, then pair your cake with a glass of almond milk. The creamy, nutty taste of almond milk blends beautifully with the flavors of rhubarb and almond. You can also add a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top to make it extra indulgent.

This recipe is also versatile enough to be served as dessert. Warm it up and top with some fresh whipped cream for the ultimate decadent dessert experience. Alternatively, cut into small servings and add a scoop of vanilla ice-cream for a delightful summer dessert.

Hosting friends or family? Then why not showcase your baking skills by pairing this almond rhubarb coffee cake with a fruit platter or individual buttery croissants! The contrast in flavors and textures would impress your guests.

In conclusion, this Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe is a versatile treat that works well as breakfast, snack or dessert option. It can be paired with an array of beverages and foods to create new & exciting flavor combinations that delight any palate!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This cake is sure to make your taste buds sing with delight.
This cake is sure to make your taste buds sing with delight.

When it comes to the almond rhubarb coffee cake recipe, there are a few things you can do to make your life easier. This is a perfect recipe for those who want to meal prep or cook ahead of time. You can make the cake batter and filling ahead of time.

To prepare the batter ahead of time, mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl and all the wet ingredients in another. Do not mix them together until you are ready to bake the cake. Store each mixture in airtight containers and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

The filling can also be made ahead of time by chopping up the rhubarb and mixing it with sugar and almond extract. Store it in a separate container in the refrigerator as well.

When you’re ready to bake, simply mix together the dry and wet ingredients and add the filling as directed in the recipe.

If you want to store leftover almond rhubarb coffee cake, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. You can also store it in the refrigerator for up to five days.

To reheat, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) and transfer the unwrapped cake onto a baking sheet. Cover it loosely with foil and bake for 10-12 minutes until warmed through.

With these make-ahead, storing, and reheating tips, you can enjoy a delicious slice of almond rhubarb coffee cake anytime you want.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A deliciously moist and fluffy cake that is sure to impress your guests.
A deliciously moist and fluffy cake that is sure to impress your guests.

To ensure that your almond rhubarb coffee cake comes out perfectly every time, you need to follow some essential tips. From ingredient selection to baking tips, these tricks will help you create a bakery-worthy dessert in the comfort of your own kitchen.

1. Use High-Quality Ingredients:

The key to any delicious recipe is high-quality ingredients. That means selecting fresh rhubarb and using premium unsalted butter, top-notch flour, and real vanilla extract. Avoid using margarine or other artificial substitutes as they can affect the quality of the cake. Also, make sure to measure your ingredients correctly to ensure the right balance of flavors.

2. Mix Your Dry and Wet Ingredients Separately:

To ensure that all ingredients are distributed evenly throughout the cake batter, mix your dry ingredients- such as salt, baking powder, and flour- together well in one bowl prior to adding them to the wet ingredients. Separately do the same for the liquids- such as milk or eggs before combining both mixtures.

3. Use Room Temperature Eggs And Butter:

Room-temperature butter and eggs incorporate with sugar more quickly than cold ones, resulting in a richer texture and flavor. For best results take them out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before beginning your recipe.

4. Don’t Overmix:

Over-mixing can result in an overworked product that doesn’t rise properly due to trapped air pockets escaping while baking which will leave tough textures on your dessert. Mix until you achieve a uniform consistency. Incorporate the wet mixtures into the dry mixture fully but be careful not to go overboard with it.

5. Mix In The Rhubarb At The Last Minute:

Rhubarb should always be added just before you place the batter into a pan because it has a high liquid content and can cause your cake batter break down when mixed too early.

6. Test To Ensure It’s Perfectly Baked:

Use a toothpick or a skewer to insert into the center of your cake, and when it comes out clean, that tells you that the cake has cooked through. If the center is still soft, keep baking it in intervals of 5 minutes until set.

Follow these tips to get perfect results with your almond rhubarb coffee cake. Your guests will thank you!


As a barista and avid coffee lover, I understand that culinary endeavors can sometimes raise questions. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions that may cross your mind when preparing the Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe. Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered with helpful tips and answers to ensure you enjoy every last bite of this delicious treat. So, let’s get started!

What does rhubarb taste like in a cake?

Rhubarb is known for its tart taste, often compared to the flavor of green apples. However, when sugar is added to it, the result is a deliciously sweet and tangy dessert. Together, the combination is truly delightful!

How do you increase the flavor of coffee in a cake?

As a barista, I’ve learned that adding coffee flavor to baked goods can elevate their deliciousness. One way to do this is by infusing the batter with coffee using two different methods. Adding instant espresso powder is a quick and easy way to achieve this. Another way is by using brewed coffee to moisten the batter. For added flair, why not add a mocha swirl to give your baked goods a visually stunning effect? As for the crumb topping, packing it with coffee is a sure way to improve flavor. To really take your coffee-infused baked good to the next level, consider topping them off with a boozy latte glaze. Trust me, these tips will add an irresistible coffee twist to any baked good recipe.

How do you make a Mary Berry coffee cake?

To bake a delicious and aromatic coffee and walnut cake, you will need unsalted butter, caster sugar, free-range eggs, self-raising flour, baking powder, chopped walnuts, and coffee essence. Soften the butter and ensure you have some extra for greasing the baking tin. The recipe calls for 100g/3½oz of each butter and caster sugar, two large free-range eggs, and 100g/3½oz of self-raising flour. You will also need a level teaspoon of baking powder, 50g/1¾oz of chopped walnuts, and one tablespoon of coffee essence.

What makes coffee cake different?

Coffee cake is a delicious cake that has a sweet, cinnamon flavor and a crumbly streusel top made of flour, butter, and sugar. Sometimes, the streusel is also added inside the cake as a filling. People often like to mix it up by adding fruit, with blueberry being a popular choice.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this almond rhubarb coffee cake recipe is a must-try for all coffee and cake lovers out there! With its perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors from the rhubarb, combined with the nutty taste of almonds, it’s a delicious treat that will leave you wanting more.

This recipe is easy to follow with simple ingredients that can be found in any kitchen. And with a few substitutions and variations you can make it your own unique creation. The resulting cake is moist, fluffy, and bursting with flavor.

The best part about this recipe is that it can be made ahead of time, stored, and reheated easily. It’s perfect for busy mornings, weekend brunches or afternoon tea parties. Plus, with the addition of some fresh fruit or a dollop of whipped cream it can be elevated to a dessert fit for any occasion.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your apron, preheat your oven and get ready to indulge in this delicious almond rhubarb coffee cake. Trust me, once you try it, you won’t regret it!

Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe

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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 33 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Continental
Servings 2 cakes
Calories 294.1 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups rhubarb, finely chopped (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


  • Beat brown sugar, oil, egg and vanilla until smooth.
  • Combine flour salt and baking soda; add to sugar mixture alternately with milk.
  • Beat until smooth. Stir in Rhubarb and almonds.
  • Pour into 2 greased 9-inch round cake pans.
  • For topping, combine sugar and butter; stir in almonds. Sprinkle over batter.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or test done.

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Serving: 89gCalories: 294.1kcalCarbohydrates: 41.3gProtein: 3.9gFat: 13.1gSaturated Fat: 2.3gCholesterol: 17.3mgSodium: 249.9mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 24.4g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Breads, Breakfast, Brunch, For Large Groups, Vegetable
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