This coffee cake is amazing. It smells great while it’s baking and it just makes you not want to wait until it is cool enough to cut.

You can use frozen or fresh strawberries and rhubarb.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

You will need a 8″ square pan. Do NOT grease.


3/4 cup fresh or frozen chopped rhubarb
3/4 cup fresh or frozen whole strawberries, stemmed
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup(1/2 stick)  butter
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons butter

Mix the 1/4 cup sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan combine the rhubarb, strawberries, and water.
Bring to a boil.
Cover and turn down to a simmer and let it cook for 5 minutes or until the fruit is tender.
Uncover and stir in the sugar/cornstarch mix.
Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture is thickened and bubbly.
Stir and cook another 2 minutes.
Remove from heat.

In a mixing bowl, combine the 1-1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.
Cut in the 1/4 cup butter until the mixture is crumbly.
Mix the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract in a small bowl.
Add it to the flour mixture.
Stir until moistened.
Batter may be lumpy and that’s fine.
Spread half of that batter in the bottom of the baking pan.
Spread the fruit mixture over that.
Drop the rest of the batter in mounds over the fruit.
Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup sugar.
Cut in the 2 Tablespoons butter until it is crumbly.
Sprinkle over the top of the coffee cake.

Bake for 40-45 minutes until the top is golden.

Fantastic served warm.

Makes 9 servings.