Simple Rhubarb & Vanilla Bean Tea Cake

This is easy simple, seasonal dessert made from plain vanilla tea cake topped with fresh rhubarb… simple and delicious.


  • 200 g unsalted butter (softened) + some more for greasing the baking dish
  • 200 g / ¾ cup golden caster sugar
  • seeds from 1 vanilla pod (do not discard the pod, use it to make some vanilla sugar)
  • 200 g / 2 cups self-rising flour or plain flour + 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 large / 3 small eggs
  • about 3 tbs of milk or a bit more
  • 400 g fresh rhubarb (peeled and cubed)
  • demerara sugar to sprinkle

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  • large, rectangular baking dish
  • wooden skewer
  • mixer


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (374°F).
  2. Grease the baking dish with butter.
  3. In meantime mix together softened butter, eggs and sugars.
  4. Gradually fold in also flour. Add 3 tbs of milk or more if the mixture seems to be too dry.
  5. Transfer cake batter to the baking dish.
  6. Top with rhubarb and sprinkle generously with demerara sugar.
  7. Bake for about an hour or until the cake is ready, check with wooden skewer.
  8. Allow to cool down before serving.

Makes 8 – 10 portions.


Don’t have rhubarb on hand, replace it with other seasonal fruits such as sour cherries (pitted) or plums.

More rhubarb recipe ideas: Roasted Rhubarb, Watercress and Feta Salad from The Botanical Baker, Rhubarb Quark Crumble from Maison Cupcake, Jasmine Rice Pannacotta and Rhubarb Cardamom Compote from Franglais Kitchen, Rhubarb and Custard Cookie Bars from Cakeyboi, Rhubarb & Custard Pie that I’ve made recently.

Your thoughts…

  1. This cake looks to die for! Rhubarb and vanilla are such a great combo. Thanks for sharing

  2. This sounds just lovely. I adore rhubarb!

  3. Oooh – so much rhubarb inspiration going on here! Thanks :)

  4. Living so close to the Rhubarb triangle and having parents that think it has magical properties, well not really but we seemed to have rhubarb every day in season when I was growing up, I thought i’d had rhubarb every which way in pies, cakes, with yoghurt with custard….. your recipe with vanilla is so simple and so delicious, thanks for taking the trouble, my kids loved it too.

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