Thursday, January 16, 2014

California Oatmeal Cake

Our daughter was here yesterday for a day-after-her-birthday lunch, and we all really enjoyed the visit. Our older son was able to come, too, so there was lots of eating and laughing and talking.

This cake has been one of her favorites for years. I don’t know where I got it, but it has to be more than 30 years old - it’s written on a very yellowed piece of notebook paper. There are many versions of oatmeal cake online, some very similar. You don’t even need an electric mixer for this one! It’s very simple and delicious.


1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup quick oatmeal, uncooked
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
dash salt

Topping (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray 9 x 13” baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

In large bowl combine water, oatmeal and butter; stir well. Cool slightly.Stir in eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl and stir in. Mix well. Pour into prepared pan. 

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and spread with topping. Return to the oven and broil for 2 to 3 minutes.

Topping: (Prepare while cake is baking.)

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all in saucepan on low heat until sugar and butter are melted and all is combined. Yum! This is just like candy - I could eat it straight out of the pan. Bet you could, too.
“You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.”
(George Burns)

“When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.”
(Mark Twain)
The Oatmeal Cake is a perfect way to celebrate Oatmeal Month! Today is National Nothing Day, Religious Freedom Day and Women In Blue Jeans Day. Tomorrow we observe Hot Heads Chili Day.

Be sure to check out the entire January observance list on the “Holidays” page.
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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