By Amber

July 4th, 2020
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Growing up, I used to eat rhubarb out of the garden like it was candy. I LOVED the tart taste and the texture, and it was a summer favorite for me. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to question my childhood tastebuds because rhubarb is no longer delicious, it’s just straight up sour! Even still, rhubarb can be delicious when it’s mixed with the right ingredients. I wanted to share my favorite rhubarb dessert with you because even if you’re not a fan of the tart flavor, I’m sure you’ll love this anyway!

My mom and grandma both made this dessert throughout my childhood and because it’s so simple it’s right up my alley. I’m not a huge fan of baking but I do like to eat baked goods! Rhubarb is actually a vegetable so it’s typically paired with sugar to make it more palatable, and this recipe is no exception. You’ll need about 4 cups (or 10 large stalks) of rhubarb for this dump cake. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.

I always start by washing the rhubarb and then peeling off the stringy outer layer. You don’t want to get rid of too much from each stalk, but you also don’t want the rhubarb to be stringy so this is an important step. Then you’ll chop the rhubarb into about 1/2 inch pieces. You don’t have to be too specific as it will really cook down, but you don’t want gigantic pieces either.

Grease a 9×13 inch pan and toss the chopped rhubarb in. Then you’ll pour the sugar and box of jello on top. There’s absolutely no mixing involved in this recipe so once you have the rhubarb prepped it comes together very quickly. You can use frozen rhubarb if you have it also!

Next you’ll pour the dry cake mix into the pan. After that, melt your butter and combine it with the water. You’ll pour this over the top of your ingredients in the pan. Don’t expect it to cover all of the cake mix; you’ll see little rivers running through it and that’s good! The parts of the cake mix that are exposed will bake up and probably be your favorite part (at least they are mine!).

Again, no need to mix this at all; you’ll want to leave it as it is and pop it right into the oven. It bakes for 50-60 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit; you’ll know it’s done when the top is just browning up nicely. It will make your house smell heavenly!

We love pairing the cake with vanilla ice cream, but it’s delicious on its own as well! Here’s the full recipe so you can give it a try. I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Rhubarb Strawberry Bake Recipe
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This delicious rhubarb strawberry bake comes together in no time at all! With just a few ingredients, it's an easy and delicious dessert!
  • 4 Cups (10 large stalks) Fresh Rhubarb, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 (3oz) Strawberry Jello
  • 1 White Cake Mix
  • ⅓ Cup Butter, melted
  • 1 Cup Water
  1. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit
  2. Grease a 9x13 pan
  3. Peel and chop your rhubarb into about ½ inch pieces, then place in 9x13 pan
  4. Pour 1 cup sugar and dry Jello mixture onto rhubarb
  5. Pour dry cake mix into the pan over other ingredients
  6. Melt butter and mix with water
  7. Pour water and butter mixture over white cake mix
  8. Bake at 350° F for 50-60 minutes until browned
  9. Enjoy!

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This post currently has 10 responses.

  • Peggy Nunn

    I lived at a rental house that had rhubarb growing. I just could not find a way to eat it. I hardly see it in the store now.

  • Mia E.

    I love baking with rhubarb and am fortunate to have several rhubarb plants that grow well in my yard. This recipe looks like a keeper for sure. I can’t wait to give it a try.

  • Sarah L

    I did try to eat it out of the garden when I was growing up, but it was always too tart for me. I like how easy this recipe is to make.

  • Tara L

    I just saw a recipe for this type of dessert but with apples so I guess I answered my own question that you can substitute apples for another fruit. I’ve never tried rhubarb and I guess I’ll have to try this recipe out (:

  • susan hartman

    This year I saw my rhubarb plant yielded its first eatable rhubarb. Here’s a good way of using it!

  • Dandi D

    I’ve still been getting lots of rhubarb from the garden, so I’ll have to give this a try!

  • gloria patterson

    I have never ate rhubarb before. But this looks so good and simple to mek

  • monique s

    I remember my mom making rhubarb pie as a kid.

  • Vickie L Couturier

    What a easy recipe to use,,i used to have a rhubarb plant in my back yard that was huge

  • Helga

    I love strawberry rhubarb pie. This sounds like something I would love to try.

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