The Grand Prize Winner of The Spring Fling Dairy-Free Recipe Contest, sponsored by So Delicious Dairy Free, is Jenny Dunklee of The Lazy Vegan Baker. She won us over with her light and fluffy vegan Cinnamon Rhubarb Coffee Cake.
Our tasters found Jenny’s recipe to be perfectly sweet and nicely tart. The vanilla coconut sauce adds a sweet and creamy drizzle, but it is still amazing without. We noted that Jenny was the only entrant to tackle this stubborn vegetable, and she did it with finesse. Her rhubarb coffee cake intrigued and delivered, while making great use of coconut milk yogurt in place of eggs, coconut milk beverage rather than dairy milk, and Culinary coconut milk instead of cream.
Jenny says, “Last weekend, my dad brought me rhubarb, freshly cut from his garden in Vermont. I love rhubarb season. For me, it is the marker of Spring really arriving; it is the first fruit/vegetable that demands to be baked into something delicious. On it’s own, this rhubarb coffee cake is really really good and a perfect Sunday morning treat with coffee or tea. Adding the Vanilla Coconut Sauce turns it into a rich, decadent, indulgence.” We at Go Dairy Free couldn’t agree more.
Congratulations to Jenny! She will be enjoying a $1000 gift card to Whole Foods or Amazon (her choice!) for making this award-wising Cinnamon Rhubarb Coffee Cake.
This recipe is included in the Sarah’s Recipes and Alisa’s Recipes categories because we tested and approved this recipe in our kitchens! But the recipe and image were created by Jenny Dunklee.
In 2018, Sarah made this recipe again, at the request of her milk-allergic daughter, over spring break. She added a touch of salt, and everyone approved. So we added it to the recipe. And she also took this photo of the cinnamon rhubarb coffee cake.
Special Diet Notes: Cinnamon Rhubarb Coffee Cake
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cup So Delicious Dairy Free Unsweetened Coconut Milk Beverage
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1¼ cups + 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
- ½ cup dairy-free margarine (such as Earth Balance)
- ¾ cup So Delicious Dairy Free Unsweetened Coconut Milk Yogurt
- 1½ cups rhubarb, sliced thin (about 3 large stalks)
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 11-ounce package So Delicious Original Culinary Coconut Milk (equivalent of canned full-fat coconut milk or cream)
- 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons agave nectar
- ⅛ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350ºF and lightly grease an 8×8 baking pan.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the milk beverage, zest, and vanilla.
- In a mixing bowl, cream the 1¼ cups sugar and margarine with a hand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the yogurt and mix well.
- Add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk mixture, mixing after each addition until the ingredients are just combined.
- Fold in the rhubarb. Pour the batter into your prepared pan and even it out.
- In a small bowl, combine the 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture evenly on top of the cake.
- Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let cool completely before serving or garnishing with the sauce.
- While the cake is cooking, combine the coconut milk, brown sugar, agave nectar, and salt in a small pan and bring to a simmer.
- Let simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, checking on it every 5 to 10 minutes to give it a whisk and make sure it’s not going to bubble over.
- You will know it’s done when it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. It should reduce down to about ½ of the original.
- Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla. Let cool completely.
- Drizzle the cooled sauce over the cooled cake. Store leftover sauce tightly sealed in a jar or container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Can you freeze this?
I made this a few years back and haven’t stopped thinking about it since.
I just found the recipe again.
Yes, it should freeze well.
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The instructions don’t say when the coconut milk, orange zest, and vanilla are added. Presume these are combined with the creamed margarine and sugar mixture, right? Thanks.
Hi Suzanne, steps 3 and 6 outline the where and how those ingredients are added.