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Norwegian Rhubarb and Almond Cake

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This Norwegian Rhubarb and Almond Cake is a delicate breakfast or snack cake that features the unusual combination of tart rhubarb with almond.  

Rhubarb and Almond Cake on a cooling rack

If you’re looking for one last special recipe to send off rhubarb season ~ this is it!  Although I’m not making any promises, there may be one or two more rhubarb recipes in the pipeline ;)  This cake hails from Norway where rhubarb thrives in the chilly climate.  Rhubarb is perennial, prolific, and is one of the first crops of spring, making it a beloved ingredient anywhere it grows.

Reader Rave ~

“I made the cake this afternoon and it is delicious! Very light texture – the rhubarb and almond with the sugar on top is a winner. I did not have any whole milk or half& half so I used buttermilk.  I will make this again!”  ~ Laurie

sprinkling sugar on a rhubarb and almond cake

I spotted this recipe on the lovely blog, North Wild Kitchen.  In true Nordic style, this cake is simple, and classic, which really allows the rhubarb to shine. The combination of rhubarb and almond is what intrigued me…it’s heavenly. The only change I made to the recipe was to add almond extract to the cake to emphasize the almond flavor a bit more. This is the cake you’ll make to take to work, the book club, the neighbor’s…any time you want to impress without too much effort.  And I guarantee they’ve never had it before!

The cake itself is fluffy, light, moist, and not too sweet, making it just perfect with a cup of coffee or tea.  

A slice of rhubarb cake on a piece of parchment paper

I especially love the nice subtle crunch from the combination of sliced almonds and raw sugar, which I sprinkled on before baking. I used turbinado sugar, which is a kind of less-refined sugar with larger crystals and a golden color. It gives the cake a bit of sparkle and a nice texture.

turbinado sugar


a rhubarb and almond cake, sliced, on parchment paper

I recommend a spring-form pan for this recipe, it makes the cake easy to remove so you can show it off. Especially if you’re serving the cake to guests, it’s nice not to have the metal bottom of the cake pan showing through.  But you could also use a regular round cake pan, or even a square baking pan.  In any case I like to line my baking pans with parchment paper whenever possible for easier removal.  

a slice of rhubarb and almond cake with fork

Reader Tip ~

Karen from northern Indiana says that the best way to harvest rhubarb in your garden is to gently pull the stalks from the base of the plant, rather than cutting them.  She says when you do it this way a new stalk will grow in that spot, and she is able to harvest her rhubarb crop right through late October into early November.

“I learned this trick from the 80-year-old I got my first plant from. She had rhubarb practically all year – May to November and no one knew how or why. I’m trying to spread the word that this is not just a Spring treat – you can enjoy it all season!!”


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Rhubarb Cake, sliced on parchment paper
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Norwegian Rhubarb and Almond Cake

Norwegian Rhubarb and Almond Cake ~ a delicate breakfast or snack cake that features the unusual combination of tart rhubarb with almond.  
Course Dessert
Cuisine Norwegian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Yield 10 servings


  • 10 tablespoons or 150g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup or 150g granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 cups or 200g all purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup or 1dl whole milk or half and half
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups rhubarb 250g or about 3-5 stalks depending on size), chopped into about 1/2 inch size pieces
  • 3 Tbsp raw sugar
  • 3 Tbsp sliced almonds


  • Preheat your oven to 350F
  • Lightly grease an 9 inch springform pan and place a round of parchment paper at the bottom.
  • Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer or with electric mixers until light and fluffy. This will take a couple of minutes. Don't skip this step, the creaming incorporates air into the batter that helps the cake bake up light and fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs one at a time, beating the mixture between each addition until they are fully incorporated.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and then the milk or half and half, along with the almond extract. Mix until combined.
  • Spread the batter into your prepared pan, making sure it is relatively even.
  • Scatter the chopped rhubarb over the top of the cake, pressing it in just a little bit.
  • Scatter the raw sugar and sliced almonds over the cake
  • Bake for about 30-40 minutes, until set in the middle, and golden brown on top. Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes before carefully unlatching the pan.

*Recipe lightly adapted from North Wild Kitchen

rhubarb almond cake pin



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    July 3, 2019 at 6:59 am

    What is raw sugar? Brown sugar?

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      July 3, 2019 at 7:52 am

      Raw sugar is unrefined sugar, it’s got a larger crystal and a light brown color ~ here’s a link:

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    Brenda McBride
    June 21, 2019 at 11:54 am

    This was really good, but with the unsalted butter, it really needs some salt added to the recipe. Even my husband who doesn’t salt anything said it was flat. Will try again with a bit added

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      June 21, 2019 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks Brenda, I always use unsalted butter but everyone has a different taste/tolerance for salt and sometimes a little extra is just what a recipe needs!

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    June 4, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Could this be made with almond flour?

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      June 4, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      I think this would be good with part almond flour…but if you wanted to make it entirely with almond flour the recipe would have to be adjusted. I may try it and report back.

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    Tricia | Saving Room for Dessert
    June 4, 2019 at 3:33 am

    You are the rhubarb queen Sue! Another lovely cake that is no doubt delicious :)

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    June 3, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    My rhubarb disappeared with all our construction! Will have to head to the farmers’ market b/c this cake looks fabulous!

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      June 3, 2019 at 3:43 pm

      Oh no! That’s a tragedy, but I guess you got other kinds of rewards from the remodel!

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    Laurie Spilde
    June 3, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    I made the cake this afternoon and it is delicious! Very light texture – the rhubarb and almond with the sugar on top is a winner. I did not have any whole milk or half& half so I used buttermilk. I thought somewhere I had read it’s best to use
    baking powder and baking soda when using buttermilk so used 1 tsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp of baking soda. It didn’t seem to alter the cake. I will make this again!

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      June 3, 2019 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks so much Laurie, you’re our first review, I appreciate it!

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    June 3, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you!

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    June 3, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    What a beautiful cake,, Sue! That texture…. Mmmm. I can almost taste it! I love rhubarb, and never have enough rhubarb recipes – Pinning! And thanks for the recipe!

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      June 3, 2019 at 3:15 pm

      I’m in such a rhubarb craze right now, it’s like I’ve rediscovered it this year…so good!

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    Debra Jean
    June 3, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    This looks so amazing. I am going to make this for a family event coming up in 2 weeks.
    I wish you would make a cookbook with all these yummy recipes.
    Thank you for all of them.

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      June 3, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      I hope everybody enjoys the cake Debra ~ and I’m considering a cookbook, for sure :)

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    June 3, 2019 at 10:55 am

    What a beautiful spring cake! Perfect to share with friends over a pot of freshly brewed tea!

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    June 3, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Love love everything Nordic !!! Keeper definitely !

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      June 3, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      Me too, the recipes have such a simplicity about them.

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    June 3, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Recipe looks yummy! I have celiac disease .. do you know if this recipe can be made with gluten free flour?

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      June 3, 2019 at 10:24 am

      I think it’s a good candidate for that, maybe use part almond flour and part gf baking mix?