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

Cake:

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

Topping:

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.

Topping:

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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