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Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

April 27, 2016 (Last Updated: October 18, 2020)

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Fresh strawberries and rhubarb are a perfect pairing in a strawberry rhubarb upside down cake.

Slice of strawberry rhubarb upside down cake

Spring is rhubarb season.  Rhubarb is such an awesome plant.  It just comes up as soon as the snow is gone.  A frost or even a late snow doesn’t hurt it and best of all…we can harvest it before anything else is even close to being ready.

Two fresh strawberries in front of a slice of cake.

I love rhubarb all by itself.  When I was a kid, I would even eat it raw like a celery stalk. Talk about sour! Whew! For this upside down cake, I’ve paired it with strawberries.

Strawberries and rhubarb are a perfect combination and make a wonderful gooey topping for this strawberry rhubarb upside down cake!

An upside down cake with rhubarb and strawberries.

This upside down cake has become one of our favorites. The yellow cake is a perfect match for the strawberries and rhubarb.

A piece of cake half eaten with crumbs remaining on the plate.

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A slice of yellow cake topped with fruit.

Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Fresh strawberries and rhubarb baked with a yellow cake. 
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 373 kcal


  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups strawberries (sliced)
  • 2 cups rhubarb (cubed)


  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in eggs and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt and baking powder together.
  • Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture.
  • Mix in milk. Set aside.
  • In a 10 inch cake pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Swirl butter around so it covers all surfaces.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar over melted butter.
  • Layer strawberries on top of brown sugar.
  • Sprinkle rhubarb over strawberries.
  • Carefully spread cake batter over rhubarb. The cake batter is fairly thick.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes until cake is done. Test with a toothpick inserted in the center. If if comes out clean, it is done.
  • Rest on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.
  • While still warm, run a knife around outside of cake. Place a large plate over the top of the cake. Carefully, but quickly flip cake pan and plate over. Once the cake falls onto plate, remove cake pan. Continue cooling on plate.


Calories: 373kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 3gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 257mgPotassium: 202mgFiber: 1gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 565IUVitamin C: 15.8mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 1.4mg
Keyword strawberry rhubarb, strawberry rhubarb cake, upside down cake
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  • Reply
    Fred /G
    April 27, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    5 stars
    Great combo of favorite fruits

  • Reply
    Katie Crenshaw
    March 22, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    5 stars
    I am a lover of the strawberry and rhubarb combination. It is popular in the summer in Wisconsin where my family is, so it reminds me of them. I have never had it on cake. I am sure it is fabulous. I can’t wait to make it. Yum!!!

    • Reply
      March 22, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      It is one of my favorite combinations too! I can’t wait for our rhubarb to be ready this season!

  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    May 4, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    5 stars
    Strawberries and rhubarb are so perfect together, especially when they are both in a yummy cake 🙂

  • Reply
    May 3, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Wonderful rhubarb cake, I love it! And that rhubarb sauce looks amazing as well.

    • Reply
      May 4, 2016 at 4:28 am

      It is the season for rhubarb!

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