This Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake is such a nostalgic recipe for me. My mom used to make it all the time. It was one of her Sunday evening go-to recipes.
Having something sweet Sunday evening was her thing, and she definitely passed it on to me. I made this cake a few Sunday’s ago for my family and was reminded once again how easy and delicious it is. No wonder it was always one of Mom’s go-to’s.
The broiled coconut frosting/topping is the perfect combination of buttery and sweet. It pairs with the cinnamon/nutmeg flavor of the cake perfectly.
My kids are crazy about the cake and begged for more, more, more.
I love that this cake can be thrown together in minutes and that you don’t even need to break out your mixer. One of the steps is to pour the boiling water over the the oatmeal and butter, I just make sure I use a big enough bowl for that step and then mix everything else in that bowl too. I just use a fork. Easy Peasy.
Another awesome thing about this Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake is that it taste just as good when made with whole wheat flour as it does when made with all-purpose flour. So, if you are like me and adding a little whole wheat makes you feel better about eating half the pan, then this recipe is perfect for you because the extra “healthy-ness” doesn’t compromise the delicious dessert-ness.
- 1½ cups boiling water
- 1 cup quick oats
- ½ cup butter or margarine
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 1⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- For the Frosting
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup evaporated milk or cream
- 1 cup chopped nuts, walnuts or pecans
- 2 cups shredded coconut
- 1 tsp vanillla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour a 9x13 pan
- in a mixing bowl combine boiling water, quick oats, and ½ cup butter. Let set until butter is melted
- Add beaten eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour. Mix well.
- Pour mixture into prepared 9x13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean.
- When cake is finished prepare frosting by:
- Cooking the ½ cup butter, ½ cup sugar and evaporated milk or cream until it thickens (I use a small sauce pan and cook it on medium high heat)
- Once mixture is thickened add vanilla, nuts and coconut. Pour onto cake and spread it evenly over the cake.
- Turn oven to Broil and broil the cake until topping is nice and toasty looking.
- Serve warm or cooled. Taste delicious either way.