Recipe: Finnish rhubarb pie (raparperipiirakka)

One of my favourite Finnish treats is rhubarb pie, or raparperipiirakka: slightly sweetened rhubarb on a light fluffy sponge base. It is my go-to when taking a coffee break, or when I want a quick homemade sugar fix. Best enjoyed with a cup of strong coffee and vanilla sauce.


Serves as many people as you want to share with.


  • 100g sugar
  • 50g melted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 150g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 100ml single cream
  • 1tbsp sugar mixed with 1tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 2 stalks rhubarb


  • Chop rhubarb into 1cm pieces and coat in the sugar mix
  • Grease a cake tin
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C


  1. Combine the eggs and sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the melted butter and vanilla sugar and mix.
  3. Gradually stir in the flour and add the cream.
  4. Pour the mix into the cake tin and ensure it is evenly spread.
  5. Spoon the sugary rhubarb onto the cake mix, and top with any remaining sugar.
  6. Bake at 180°C for 25 minutes, or until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean.
  7. Eat!

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