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Strawberry Rhubarb Torte

This pretty, airy cake will delight your tastebuds! My children, especially my son, really enjoyed this dessert while they were growing up. —Kathleen Kowski, Trinity, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons plus 4-1/2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon strawberry gelatin
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 14 ladyfingers, split
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cold water
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries


  • In a small saucepan, bring the rhubarb, water and 2 tablespoons sugar to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 6-8 minutes or until rhubarb is tender. Cool slightly. Cover and refrigerate 1/3 cup rhubarb liquid for glaze.
  • Place rhubarb and remaining liquid in a blender; cover and process until pureed. Return to saucepan. Bring to a boil; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream into rhubarb mixture.
  • Arrange half of the ladyfingers on the bottom of an ungreased 6-in. springform pan. Spread half of the rhubarb mixture into pan. Arrange remaining ladyfingers over rhubarb mixture; carefully spread with remaining rhubarb mixture. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Transfer reserved rhubarb liquid to a small saucepan; stir in remaining sugar. Bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Spread over rhubarb layer. Arrange strawberry slices over glaze. Remove sides of pan.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 334 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 218mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • SimpleFoods
    Mar 24, 2013

    Been making and inhaling this delectable stuff in spring for about 50 years. The recipe as printed is easy to follow. Why in Heaven's name anybody would suggest the lady fingers should be listed at the beginning of the ingredients is beyond me! People, READ a recipe in its entirety - with a magnifying glass, if need be, BEFORE you begin cooking! That was my first instruction when I began cooking/baking at the age of ....10? Years later, my home ec. teacher would have fits if we didn't read our recipe first and then assemble all ingredients in the order they would be used. Thanks for printing this - it absolutely tastes of Spring! Have to agree, though, with the cook who said this web site is SLOW! It.....realllly.......IS....Slooooow....!

  • judylock
    Mar 20, 2013

    Haven't tried yet but this recipe will definately be used during rhubarb season. Anyone thinking this recipe is hard doesn't cook very much!

  • judylock
    Mar 20, 2013

    Haven't tried yet but this recipe will definatly be used during rhubarb season. Anyone thinking this recipe is hard doesn't cook very much!

  • mischrish
    Apr 2, 2012

    I usually have a hard time finding rhubarb, but this will be the first thing I make when I do.

  • tbittner
    Jul 20, 2011

    Fantastic, so worth the time!

  • MichelleMerwin
    May 9, 2011

    This was an excellent recipe! I made this for Mother's day and although it said it served 4 I served 7 with seconds and leftovers. Lady fingers aren't easy to find in my small town so I baked an angel food cake, sliced it and used it instead. Also I didn't have rhubarb so I used huckleberries which are a very tart berry. This was a fair amount of work but it was well worth it!!

  • S.L.F.
    May 7, 2011

    I also missed the Lady Fingers the first time I read the recipe. They should be listed first. Please, please, PLEASE do something to speed your site up! It is unbearably SLOW!

  • hambbq
    May 7, 2011

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  • mother
    May 7, 2011

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  • ardnaann
    May 6, 2011

    I knew I bought that rhubard yesterday for something. (And Canuck girl - re-read the recipe please. Ladyfingers are the 7th item listed in the ingredients.) This was yummy.