Oatmeal Cake

I’ve probably mentioned before that I’m not really much of a cake person. I usually choose a different dessert – pie, cheesecake, custards, etc. But I definitely make exceptions for cakes that are moist and gooey. I guess I just like my desserts to be wet. Whatever that means.

Anyway, I got this recipe from a friend’s mother in 1975, and it has always been one of my very favorite cakes.

I haven’t made it for a while, but decided it would be just the thing for a recent dinner with good friends.

Oatmeal cake

Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut Topping


1 ½ cups boiling water
1 cup quick oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
½ cup shortening or butter (I use butter)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 ½  cups flour
½  teaspoon salt


1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup coconut
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Grease and flour a 13 x 9 broiler-safe cake pan.*

Pour boiling water over oatmeal, in a medium bowl, let stand 10 minutes.  Cream sugars, shortening and eggs until fluffy.  Blend flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a separate bowl. Stir in dry ingredients and oatmeal alternately, blending well after each addition.  Pour into prepared pan.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until cake tests done.


Melt butter and add remaining ingredients.  Blend well.  Spread on HOT cake and place under broiler until lightly browned.

* Those observant ones among you may notice that I used a Pyrex cake pan, which is not supposed to be used under the broiler. Usually I make this in a metal pan, but I forgot. Therefore, I set the pan farther away from the broiler, and didn’t brown it quite as much as I usually do.

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12 Responses to Oatmeal Cake

  1. Anne says:

    I’ll bet I would love that – I love oatmeal-y things and coconut!

    PS – do you have a list of recipes for when the guests aren’t very good friends? Like for the people you can’t stand but are obliged to have come over to visit. 🙂

  2. margene says:

    I can report that that cake was fabulous. We cut the two pieces you gave us into four and had it for dinner the last two nights. YUM!

  3. Cookie says:

    Looks and sounds wonderful!

  4. Chris says:

    My grandmother used to make a very similar cake! I’m a big fan of anything with that frosting.

  5. Carrie says:

    What, “wet desserts” and Cookie doesn’t make a single crack? Sheesh.
    That sounds delicious. I like my desserts gooey and smooshy too.

  6. Nora says:

    Wow – looks fabulous. A local restaurant used to have a breakfast dish called “baked oatmeal” that everyone went nuts for, and I’ll bet this is similar.

  7. Miss T says:

    I think I have to try this!

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