Sunday, October 23, 2011

Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake

We used to eat this cake all the time when we were kids.  It was one of those cakes that was easy to make, and you almost always had these ingredients hanging around.  It's really just a spice cake with oatmeal in it and a wonderful coconut caramel broiled frosting. 
I thought we were the only ones that made this cake, but try "googling" this cake and you will see that it is an old stand by from the Quaker Oats Company.  Must have been on their oatmeal canisters forever.

As a kid, my favorite part of the recipe and the cake, is the frosting.  In fact, I think that you might want to double the frosting... it is so good!  Even one of my "coconut hating" sisters loves this cake and frosting.  So even if you are not the biggest fan for the texture of coconut, something about the broiling of the frosting caramelizes it into something different, something incredibly yummy.

It just works... tastes yummy and perfect for a Fall day. Not too hard that you couldn't make it during the week even.

It calls for cinnamon and nutmeg, but you could add ginger, or cloves, or even Five Spice or Pumpkin Pie Spice in this.

Make a 9x13 sheet cake
1 cup Oatmeal (Quick or Traditional)
1/2 cup butter, cut into chunks
1 1/4 c. boiling water
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 ½ c. flour
1 tsp. Baking soda
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
3 Tbsp. Milk
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Combine oats, butter and boiling water. Set aside for 20 minutes. Stir to mix, let the butter melt completely.

Beat together the eggs, sugars and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients and add the sugar mixture along with oatmeal mixture. Beat well  Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for a few minutes.

Combine frosting ingredients,

spread on cake and place under broiler until frosting begins to bubble, about 4-5 minutes. Stand RIGHT THERE and watch it, do NOT leave it unattended!!!

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