A year ago, after we moved into our new house, my neighbor welcomed us with a warm, rhubarb cake. Lucky for us, it was the beginning of a very tasty next-door relationship.


About a year ago, I wrote about the warm apple, rhubarb cake that my new neighbor delivered to our door.  I speculated that we might have “hit the neighbor jackpot.”  A year later, I can confirm that we have a kind family living next door who are very generous with their baked goods.

A few weeks ago, the doorbell rang at about 8 p.m. and there they were extending a warm apple pie for no special reason. The family had been apple picking and Miranda had whipped up a few pies and generously donated one to our household. A surprise, hot apple pie delivery on a crisp autumn eve? The world IS still a good place.

Not too long ago, a woman named Beverly left a comment on my original post about this cake.  She said, “It has been almost a year now. Do you know her well enough to ask for the recipe? It looks wonderful.”  The answer is “yes.”  I asked and found that Miranda was just as generous with her recipe as she is with her baked goods.

As might be expected, my first attempt was not quite as successful as her veteran product. The moist cake was delicious but I was sorry that I used a bundt pan, which resulted in the crumble topping on the bottom of the cake instead of the top as was the case with her loaf cake.  She has a few variations of the recipe that I have included below.  I’m not sure if you can find rhubarb anywhere at this time of year.  I made this cake with the last stalks from my garden.  But, I suggest you bookmark this gem until you can get your hands on some and enjoy a little of my neighborly luck into your kitchen.

Miranda’s Apple Rhubarb Cake

2 cups flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/2 t ginger
1/2 cup butter
1.5 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup sour cream
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh rhubarb
1 cup apple, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch chunks
(Rhubarb only option – replace apple with additional cup of rhubarb)

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 t cinnamon
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 Tablespoons melted butter
(can also add chocolate chips)

Mix, flour, soda, salt & ginger and set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar.  Beat in egg.  Beat in flour and sour cream alternately until blended.  Mix in vanilla and rhubarb.  Spread in a greased/floured pan (either 9 x 13, bread pan or bundt works).  For topping, mix together sugar, nuts, cinnamon, oats and melted butter into a crumble.  Sprinkle over top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 – 55 minutes.

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25 Responses to “Miranda’s Apple Rhubarb Cake”

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  2. Maddie Says:

    If there’s crumble anywhere near cake, I think it’s a success. :) Glad you have such wonderful neighbors!

  3. stresscake Says:

    Oh! I think I was there when this cake was delivered, still warm. It was indeed delicious. And I have to say, Miranda hit the neighbor jackpot too. Damn, I wished you lived closer to me.

  4. Sues Says:

    This looks beautiful! Yay for having wonderful neighbors :) Thought the last thing I need is neighbors dropping off more baked goods for me! I make way too many myself :x It would, however, be a welcome change from my neighbor who just likes to play loud techno music :)


  5. Melissa@HomeBaked Says:

    I am definitely going to try this soon! I love a crumb topping on a fruity cake. I’m off to hunt down the last few stalks of rhubarb on our two plants, and there are already two bushels of apples in the garage. Yum!

  6. Dana Says:

    How lucky you are to have good neighbors! A friendly neighbor is a very fortunate thing to have. … And I sound like Mr Rogers, but it’s true!

  7. Emma Says:

    What a lovely neighbour! Wonderful looking cake :)

  8. Melissa@HomeBaked Says:

    I just had to come back and let you know that I made this cake yesterday (though with mostly Granny Smith apples–my rhubarb supply was paltry), and it is WONDERFUL. I will be making it again and again. I took some of it to a friend’s house for coffee this morning, and someone asked me for the recipe. We’ve been eating for after-school snack, dessert and breakfast. Thanks so much to you and Miranda for sharing this gem!

  9. Sprout Says:

    It’s refreshing to see somebody giving love to rhubarb in the fall months – seems like spring holds its only glory. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Kim Says:

    I’ve used frozen rhubarb in pies and cobblers that was actually better than some fresh rhubarb I’ve used. The bonus is that it’s already cut up. This cake looks spectacular. I can’t wait to try it!

  12. LimeCake Says:

    this cake has so many delicious things! and no creaming of butter. it looks delicious!

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  14. stephen Says:

    that post has just inspired me to bake! it’s raining here in SF and the need to make a cake and stew is overwhelming :)

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  17. Shelley Says:

    I made this in muffin pans—got 24 mini “cakes”. I did make a double recipe of topping and was generous with it, but still had some left over.

  18. Jeffie Aschbacher Says:

    there are so many cake recipes that we can choose from. my favorite are always those recipes that have chocolate in it. .’”;:Have a great day!

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    There are so many cake recipes to choose from but i always want those cake recipes with choclate chip cookies in it. ‘””.;

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  22. Deanne NZ Says:

    Made this cake for dessert tonight, one of the most successful cakes I’ve ever made – absolutely divine !! And so light and fluffy for such a rich cake. Thanks so much for this awesome recipe.

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