Dad’s Oatmeal Cake

From Julie L.

Oatmeal cake was my dad’s favorite — and after sampling it a few times in preparation for this post, my whole family understands why. You just can’t get a much richer dessert than this one!  Try the frosting as an ice cream topping or just eat it by the spoonful. It’s pretty hard to resist. Talk about decadent! –Mellyn

For Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup egg powder**
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups flour — plus 2 tablespoons
  1. Pour boiling water over oatmeal and let stand until most of water is absorbed. (You can also use leftover oatmeal for this.)
  2. In the meantime, whisk egg powder into 6 tablespoons water. Mix until dissolved.
  3. Combine oil, sugar, brown sugar and egg mixture.
  4. Stir in oatmeal.
  5. Add soda, baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and flour.
  6. Mix well and pour into cake pan — a 9×13 is fine, although this cake looks pretty fancy as a round layer cake!
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until it springs back when touched lightly on top.
**Or use 2 fresh eggs in place of 1/4 cup egg powder and 6 tablespoons water

For Frosting:

  • 1 cup butter
  •  2 cups brown sugar
  •  6 tablespoons milk
  •  2 cups nuts — pecans are my favorite, walnuts will do
  •  2 cups coconut
  1. Combine butter, brown sugar and milk in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and turn off heat.
  3. Stir in nuts and coconut.
  4. Spread over cake. Serve warm or cool with ice cream or without.

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