Total Time
Prep 40 mins
Cook 20 mins

I love Rhubarb Cake. Caramel and orange juice make this one special. During rhubarb season we make this cake frequently.Cooking time does not include chilling time. You can bake the bottom and cook the rhubarb the night before. Make glaze and fill cake in the morning.- NOTE: it is advantageous to have a special form for the bottom, but if you us a simple round form, use a metal ring around the baked cake when you fill it. Remove carefully when filling has set.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare cake bottom according to recipe #119337 for German Fruit Cake Bottom, but use lemon rind instead of vanilla. You can make the cake bottom in advance.
  2. Let cake bottom cool completely. Meanwhile prepare rhubarb filling.
  3. Wash rhubarb, peel and cut into rather even 1/4 in pieces.
  4. Preheat pot on medium heat and add 3 tablespoons sugar. Caramelize sugar over medium high heat until light brown. Add orange juice and stir until the caramelized sugar is dissolved. Be careful, sugar will be very hot!
  5. Add rhubarb. Cook for about 5-8 minutes stirring constantly, until rhubarb is still firm to the bite. Add additional sugar to taste. Stir until dissolved.
  6. Drain rhubarb through a sieve and reserve liquid. Let rhubarb get cold.
  7. Measure liquid to make 1 cup. If necessary add water to make 1 cup. Prepare the glaze with the liquid according to package directions. Mix in rhubarb immediately and fill directly on cake bottom. Let set.
  8. Either top completely with a fluffy vanilla pudding and let it set, or simply top with freshly whipped sweetened cream.
  9. NOTE on Vanilla Pudding: use your favorite brand. We usually prepare 1 whole package and use about half on the cake. We easily find other uses for the rest.
Most Helpful

I had most of the ingredients on hand, included the special mold that I woundn't give up!
The cake was perfect and the dough perfect. This was a great change to the usual Rhabarber Wehe or the Crumble,
It looks also perfect and very attractive. For the jelly I used not the Dr. Otker brand and the custard was homemade.
Thanks a lot for this recipe.

awalde April 19, 2012

The German Fruit Cake Bottom, German Fruit Cake Bottom turned out absolutely perfect. I designed and made my own baking pan, using a 9" fluted pan with a removeable bottom and then placed an 8" aluminum pie dish in the center, upside down, and filled with dry peas to keep the aluminum from collapsing. This gave me a deep center for the rhubarb. The red glaze (Dr. Oetker brand) was just great in the rhubarb sauce. The Rhubarb cake when completed, looked so professional, I did not want to serve it. However, it was devoured when topped with whipped cream, WOW! I would like to suggest that the German Fruit Cake Bottom recipe be added to the Rhubarb Cake recipe. It would save some time and you do not have to go through 2 recipes. Next cake will be a combination of Rhubarb and the beautiful fresh Strawberries that we have now. And will also make a great Strawberry Filling. Both of these recipes are just great. Thank you. "Uncle Bill"

William (Uncle Bill) Anatooskin June 16, 2006

This cake was exceptionally delicious! I used a different brand of glaze, and it worked out fine, but I think Dr. Oetker's is much prettier. We loved the mild citrus flavour of the cake itself, and when topped with the rhubarb, it was heavenly. I topped this cake with whipped cream and we devoured it, it should have a warning: BEWARE, once you start eating this you will not want to stop!!! Thanks so much for a delicious, well written and easy to follow recipe.

~Leslie~ June 06, 2006