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Boy, this cake really takes me back to my childhood. My mom made this cake almost every Sunday evening for dessert when I was growing up. It must have been her favorite….or maybe she made it because it is so easy and has ingredients she always kept on hand.
I needed a last minute dessert to take to a friends house last week for dinner. I remembered this cake and happened to have all of the ingredients on hand. Not only is this cake easy but I like to think it is acceptable to eat leftover cake for breakfast because it has oatmeal in it…and walnuts. I think this recipe would also work great for cupcakes and I think I’ll try it that way next time I make it, seeings how cupcakes are all the rage these days. :)
Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake1-1/2 cups boiling water 1 cup oatmeal (old fashioned or quick) 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup white sugar 1 tsp soda 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp vanilla 1-1/3 cup flour
Pour boiling water over oatmeal and add the butter. Let stand until butter is melted. It will look like this,
Add all other ingredients. Mix together well. Pour into a greased and floured 9×13 pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes.
Coconut Walnut Frosting1/2 cup butter (1 stick) 1/2 cup white sugar 1/4 cup evaporated milk or cream 1-2 cups shredded coconut (I only used one cup but my mom uses two) 1 cup chopped walnuts (may substitute pecans if desired) 1 tsp vanilla
Melt butter in quart size pan and add sugar, evaporated milk (or cream.) Bring to a boil and cook until thickens, about 4 minutes on my stove. Remove from heat and stir in coconut, nuts, and vanilla. Pour over cake and broil in oven until toasty looking. Or if you’re cool and have a blow torch you could use that. I really want a blow torch.
True confession anyone? I actually didn’t like this cake when I was growing up, I mean don’t get me wrong I still ate it, but I didn’t enjoy coconut in those days. I like this cake now…It reminds me of my mom. This is the first time I’ve made it since I’ve been married (about 7 years) and my husband was like, “Why haven’t you ever made this before?” He really liked it, so did my boys…..looks like I need to start making oatmeal cake for dessert every Sunday evening while my kids are growing up. :)
P.S. If you need some green food ideas for St. Patty’s day, here are some of my favorites:
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