Easy Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

A easy delicious cake/dessert.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (18 ounce) package lemon cake mix or 1 (18 ounce) package white cake mix
  • 3 eggs (or as called for by your cake mix) or 3 egg whites (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 13 cup oil (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 13 cups water (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 4 cups rhubarb, cut up 1/2 inch pieces
  • 6 teaspoons minute tapioca
  • 1 12 cups sugar
  • 1 (3 ounce) package strawberry Jell-O gelatin dessert or 1 (3 ounce) package raspberry Jell-O gelatin


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 9x13inch pan.
  3. Mix together Rhubarb, tapioca, sugar and package of DRY jello (NO WATER) and pour into prepared pan.
  4. Prepare cake mix according to package directions (adding the lemon extract to the wet ingredients) and pour over Rhubarb mixture.
  5. Bake 1 hour.
  6. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
Most Helpful

Awesome! I did let the rhubarb sit in the sugar, jello and tapioca for a half hour and it had started to get nice and gooey by that time. Tasted fantastic, and easy to make. The crowd at work raved about it!

The Big Cheese June 05, 2005

This was a hit!! I love that it uses 4 cups of rhubarb. I will be making this again and when I do, I will make it a more generous (heaping) 4 cups. It also does not need an hour to bake the cake. Following the baking instructions on the box will be adequate. I cut the time down to 45 minutes because the top of the cake was getting brown. Probably 40 minutes is enough.

decarli1 May 29, 2012

Growing up my mom would make Strawberry & Rhubarb crisp and it was always my favourite dessert; this one is definitely its competition!! OMG this was amazing! The changes I made was adding a teaspoon of lemon extract to the wet ingredients for the cake mix, substituting 2 cups rhubarb with strawberries and mixing 1/2 the sugar in with the fruit because I like the tartness of rhubarb; and it was a hit!

Kim A. Heaphy September 02, 2015