Rhubarb-buttermilk tea cake



15 min


1 h 25 min


8 Servings

Rhubarb-buttermilk tea cake

Roberto Caruso

Try this fresh Rhubarb-buttermilk tea cake recipe as a creative alternative to banana bread.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups chopped rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • 1 cup sifted icing sugar
  • 4 to 5 tsp lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly spray bottom of an 8 × 4-in. loaf pan.
  • Stir flour with baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Whisk egg with brown sugar, buttermilk, oil and vanilla in large bowl, then stir in flour mixture. Add rhubarb and pecans and stir just until combined. Scrape batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake in centre of oven until a cake tester inserted in centre of loaf comes out clean, 70 to 75 min. Transfer to a rack to cool in pan for 10 min.
  • Stir icing sugar with lemon juice in a small bowl, adding juice 1 tsp at a time until thick and smooth. Drizzle glaze over warm loaf, letting it run down the sides.

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Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 377,
  • Protein
  • 5 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 63 g,
  • Fat
  • 13 g,
  • Fibre
  • 2 g,
  • Sodium
  • 266 mg.

Crunchy pecans and tangy rhubarb make this moist banana-bread alternative addictively good.

Substitution Tip:

You can use frozen rhubarb instead of fresh – just thaw it completely before adding.

Storage Tip:

Refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to a month.