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Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake combines some of your favorite spring flavors into an irresistible snack cake or a sweet dish for Mother’s Day brunch!

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake is filled with beautiful bites of sweetness in the cake and on top. Total heaven!

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Do you love strawberry and rhubarb together? I have to admit I never had this combo when I was growing up, but now, I go for it every time I find it on a menu, or in a recipe.

Anyone who knows me well knows that my favorite flavors in life come from sour things – especially sweet and sour things. Gummy candies, sweet tarts, and sour hard candies are my jam. Strawberry rhubarb – anything – is the real food version of my favorite flavor profile in the world.

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake will make your morning all the more special. What a great way to start the day!

This Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake is based off a Fleischmann’s Yeast recipe and uses a filling very similar to one you’d use in a strawberry rhubarb pie (always a winner!). The filling actually creates poke-a-dots throughout the cake because of how you spoon this filling into the cake batter. You’ll make small wells in the risen dough, and then spoon this bright pink filling into each one. When it’s baked up, it just looks festive, without a sprinkle in sight!

If this is your first time baking with yeast, just know that you never have to be scared about baking with yeast when you’re using Fleischmann’s®. This cake calls for their Active Dry Yeast, their original dry yeast, made since 1945. This is the yeast that brought the Fleischmann’s® name into my Nana’s home, and it’s one I keep on hand at all times. 71 years of consistent results is something you can trust.

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake has a delicious streusel sugar and cinnamon topping. Total perfection.

You’ll start by whipping up the base dough for this Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake. It comes together really easily in your stand mixer, and then just let it hang out in the pan you’ll bake it in for an hour. While that’s going on, you can make the strawberry rhubarb filling, and that delectable crumb topping.

Because let’s face it – it’s not a coffee cake without crumb topping, friends. It’s just not. At least, not to me. The added texture and crunch just makes me happy. Tell me I’m not the only one?

This is the sort of coffee cake you want to have on Sunday morning with the best coffee you can find. It’s perfect for a family get together, like Mother’s Day, or book club night. Everyone will love its springy flavors – especially Mama. Be sure to bake a little extra because everyone it’s a great way to show you care, and anyone enjoying this cake will be sure to want seconds!

For more delicious recipes using Fleischmann’s® Yeast, be sure to check out these Blueberry Cream Cheese Kolaches and this Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

By: Jamie
4.67 from 6 ratings
Prep: 35 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour
Total: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 15 servings
Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake combines some of your favorite spring flavors into an irresistible snack cake or a sweet dish for Mother’s Day brunch!



  • ¼ cup warm water 100° to 110°F
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 envelope Fleischmann's® Active Dry Yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup warm milk 100° to 110°F
  • 1 egg
  • 2-1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted


  • 1-1/2 cups cut-up rhubarb 1-inch pieces
  • ¾ cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • cup water
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry gelatin powder


  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter softened
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Combine warm water, 1/4 teaspoon sugar and yeast in a small bowl. Let sit 5 minutes until yeast is foamy.
  • Combine 1/4 cup sugar, salt, 1/4 cup butter and vanilla in large mixer bowl. Add warm milk and stir to mix. Add yeast mixture, egg and flour. Beat on medium speed until well blended.
  • Spread into greased 13 x 9-inch pan. Brush with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Cover and let rise in draft-free area until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • For the Strawberry Rhubarb Filling: Combine rhubarb and water in large saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until the rhubarb is soft and beginning to lose its shape.
  • Add in strawberries and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Stir together corn starch, sugar, and gelatin powder; add to rhubarb mixture.
  • Continue to cook and stir until the mixture is thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and use a potato masher or fork to mash the fruit pieces. Allow the sauce to cool before readying the cake for baking.
  • For the Streusel Topping: Combine all ingredients in a bowl with a pastry blender until butter mixture is the size of peas.
  • Before baking the cake, gently make small wells in the risen coffee cake, about 1 inch apart. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of strawberry rhubarb sauce into each well.
  • Spread the remainder of the rhubarb filling evenly over the top of dough. Top with streusel topping.
  • Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 30 to 35 minutes until the top begins to brown.
  • Cool on wire rack for at least 15 minutes.
  • Combine all glaze ingredients together and drizzle over coffee cake. Best served warm.

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake will be your Spring season's delight. Sweet and tart in every bite!

4.67 from 6 votes (6 ratings without comment)

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  1. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

    This is an absolutely gorgeous breakfast cake!  I love all the pockets of fruit filling, crumble, and glaze!!!

  2. Gaby Dalkin says:

    You’re right, it’s not a coffee cake without that amazing crumb topping! I could eat this every day for breakfast for the rest of rhubarb season! 

    1. Jamie says:

      Thank you, Gaby! xxoo

  3. Carolyn says:

    I adore strawberry rhubarb. I made a similar crumb cake recently, although mine was not yeasted. Maybe I need to do a taste test! :)

    1. Jamie says:

      Sounds like a great idea, Carolyn! Let me know if you like it!

  4. Kloe's Kitchen says:

    Oh my word! This looks lo amazing. Now I really, really, wish I had all the ingredients to make these lovely little treats. Great photos, and post! Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. Jamie says:

      You’re welcome, Kloe! I appreciate your kind words. :)

  5. Judy says:

    This looks delicious. The only way that I have ever eaten rhubarb is in strawberry rhubarb pie but his is definitely a recipe that I would like to try. It looks very decadent for a coffee cake.

    1. Jamie says:

      I hope you enjoy it, Judy!

  6. Karen @ Seasonal Cravings says:

    I’m such a newbie with rhubarb – must try this!  Looks lovely.  

    1. Jamie says:

      Thank you, Karen! I hope you enjoy it!

  7. Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture says:

    Yum! I adore coffee cake – such an amazing weekend treat! And the addition of strawberry and rhubarb? Perfection. How did i never think of this before? Can’t wait to try it.

    1. Jamie says:

      Thank you, Michelle! I hope you enjoy it!

  8. Kate | says:

    I was drinking rhubarb compote when I saw this recipe! Knowing that there is still some fresh rhubarb left it will not take me long to start baking. Do you think substituing fresh strawberries with frozen – the only ones I had on hand right now – will make huge difference?

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi, Kate! No, I don’t think substituting frozen for fresh will change things much. Let me know how you like it!

  9. Mary // chattavore says:

    I LOVE strawberry/rhubarb. This looks so pretty and delicious. I’m sharing! :)

    1. Jamie says:

      You’re welcome, Mary! I hope you enjoy it!

  10. Kim says:

    This looks incredibly fresh and delicious! Perfect for summer time!

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much, Kim!