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Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cake

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).

 
This Old-fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping called out to me because I love simple, no fuss cakes that can be thrown together quickly and aren’t overly sweet. But more than the cake, I love the headnote Tasty Kitchen member Brandi N wrote. She found the hand-written recipe for this cake in her grandmother’s old tin recipe box and said the cake was “oozing with memories” for her. When I read something like that, I know it’s gotta be good.

This cake is delicious. It’s fluffy and moist, and the broiled topping makes it taste like a cinnamon roll. It’s the perfect partner for late-afternoon coffee or tea. Plus if it has oatmeal in it, it’s has to be kind of healthy, right?

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).

You’ll need quick rolled oats, white sugar, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, eggs, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, heavy whipping cream (or half and half), coconut, and pecans.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).

Start by combining quick-cooking oats with the boiling water. (Tip: If you don’t have quick cooking oats, simply food process old-fashioned rolled oats for a few seconds.)

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).

Adjust the oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 13-by 9-inch pan with vegetable cooking spray and flour.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).

Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).

In a large bowl beat the two sugars and butter until light and fluffy.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).

And then the eggs one at a time.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).

Beat in the vanilla …

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).

Mix in the oatmeal …

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).

Then finally add in the flour mixture.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).
 
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).
 
While the cake bakes, beat the remaining brown sugar and butter in a medium bowl.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).

Beat in the cream (or half-and-half) until smooth.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).

Stir in coconut and pecans.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).

When the cake comes out of the oven, top it with this mixture.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).

We found it helpful to spoon the topping evenly over the cake …

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).

And then spread it to cover.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).
 
Broil the iced cake 4 to 6 inches from heating element until bubbly and light golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Give it a little cooling time (if you can!), then slice, serve, and enjoy!

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).

Thank you, Brandi N, for sharing your grandmother’s recipe with us!

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping. Guest post by Maggy Keet of Three Many Cooks, recipe submitted by TK member Brandi (dbnelson).

One thing is certain: Brandi’s grandmother knew how to make a good cake. While we have access to more ingredients, techniques, tools (and the internet!), a lot of things were just better back then. This recipe makes me want to pick up the phone and call my own grandmother and ask her for her favorite cake recipe. But I already know what she’ll say. I’ll share that recipe here with you soon.

What were your grandmother’s favorite recipes?

 
 

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Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping

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While going through my grandmother’s old tin box of recipes I came across this old favorite, handwritten by her, and oozing with memories. It’s an oatmeal cake with a brown sugar flavor and the top is a gooey carmelized frosting with coconut and pecans. Delightfully old-fashioned.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 1-½ cup Quick Cooking Rolled Oats
  • 1-¼ cup Boiling Water
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
  • ½ cups Butter, Softened
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • 1-½ cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • _____
  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • ⅔ cups Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
  • ¼ cups Butter, Melted
  • ¼ cups Heavy Whipping Cream Or Half-And-Half
  • 1 cup Coconut
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans Or Your Choice Of Nuts

Preparation Instructions

In small bowl, combine rolled oats and boiling water; let stand 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 13×9-inch pan.

In a large bowl, combine the sugars and butter; beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs; blend well. Add oatmeal and all the remaining cake ingredients; mix well.

Pour batter into the greased and floured pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

For the topping, in small bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter and whipping cream or half-and-half. Beat at high speed until smooth. Stir in coconut and nuts. Spoon over warm cake; spread to cover.

Broil 4–6 inches from heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until bubbly and light golden brown. Cool 1 hour or until completely cooled.

 
 
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Three Many Cooks is the always-entertaining food blog of Pam Anderson and her two daughters, Maggy and Sharon. Pam is a well-known and much-respected food writer and author, Maggy is a “hippy adventurer meets 1950s housewife,” and Sharon refers to herself as a recovering food snob learning to survive on a graduate student’s budget. Theirs is a strong relationship both inside and outside the kitchen, and it shows in the food they create and the stories they tell.

 

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Kim on 5.8.2011

Childhood revisited. Thanks!

SylSu on 5.5.2011

I made this cake for my family two days ago & served it slightly warm after school – wow! It was an event because it was so good. I served the rest with dinner last night – and we soooooo enjoyed it. I’m going to record this one in my “special recipes” book so I don’t lose the recipe.

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Eat 2gather on 5.4.2011

Thank You for refreshing my memory about this cake. This is one my mom used to make all the time, and I completely forgot about it until now. I will have to did out my moms recipe and compare.

zelphia on 5.4.2011

what are the measurements for the ingridients

DEANNA HAYNIE on 5.3.2011

Mrecipe for this cake came from my “Aunt Bonnie” who lived on a farm and cooked for a large family. I make it often and think of her. But I do have delicious recipes from my grandmother. She owned a restaurant and started teaching me to cook at an early age!