Oatmeal Cake

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cake Recipe – moist oatmeal cake made with rolled oats and topped with a toasted coconut and pecan topping that is to die for! This cake is an oldie but a goodie! Rolled oats, butter, flour, brown sugar, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, milk, coconut, and pecans. Great dessert for parties, potlucks, and family get-togethers. One bite and this is sure to become a family favorite!

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Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Butter Pecan Topping

This Oatmeal Cake is a tried and true family favorite. It is super simple to make and tastes great! The star of this cake is the broiled butter pecan frosting made with butter, milk, brown sugar, coconut, and pecans. It adds a sweet crunch that pairs so well with the moist oatmeal cake. One bite and you are sure to become a fan. You must give this recipe a try ASAP!

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How to Make Oatmeal Cake from Scratch

This cake is super easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a large bowl, combine old-fashioned oatmeal and boiling water. Let sit for 20 minutes. Add melted butter, flour, baking soda, brown sugar, eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla extract to the bowl. Stir until well combined. Spray a cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread batter into the prepared pan. Bake in a preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

While the cake is baking prepare the Butter Pecan Frosting. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Stir in milk, sugar, coconut, and pecans. Spread the topping over the hot cake and place it under the broiler and broil until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Remove the cake from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • This recipe uses rolled oats. It is often called old-fashioned oatmeal.
    • I do not suggest using quick cook oatmeal. It will change the entire texture of the cake.
  • You can use any nuts in the topping that you prefer. Pecans, almonds, or walnuts are great.
    • Don’t like nuts? You can leave them out.
  • Variations:
    • Feel free to add more seasonings to the cake. Nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, or pumpkin pie spice are all delicious.
    • Add raisins or dried cranberries to the cake.
    • Stir in chocolate chips.  Chocolate is always a good idea!
  • Can Oatmeal Cake be made in advance? Absolutely! This cake actually tastes better the day after it is made. Store the cake covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil at room temperature for up to 3 days.
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Easy Dessert Recipe for a Crowd

We like to serve this cake with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is a great dessert for parties, potlucks, and family get-togethers. Heck, I’ve even eaten a slice for breakfast. It has oatmeal in it, so that means it’s a healthy breakfast. Right?!?! 

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Oatmeal Cake

Yield: 12 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cake Recipe – oatmeal cake is made with rolled oats and topped with a toasted coconut and pecan topping that is to die for! This cake is an oldie but a goodie! Rolled oats, butter, flour, brown sugar, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, milk, coconut, and pecans. Great dessert for parties, potlucks, and family get-togethers. One bite and this is sure to become a family favorite!

Ingredients:

Oatmeal Cake

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1⅓ cups boiling water
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Broiled Butter Pecan Topping

  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions:

  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 × 13-inch baking pan.
  • Add the oats to a large mixing bowl. Pour the boiling water over the oats and let them soften for about 20 minutes.
  • Stir in the butter, flour, baking soda, sugars, eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for about 35 minutes or until the sides start to pull away from the pan and the top is golden brown.
  • While the cake is baking, prepare the Broiled Butter Pecan Topping. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Blend in the milk, sugar, coconut, and pecans.
  • Spread the topping over the hot cake and place it under the broiler until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned, about 2 -3 minutes.

Notes:

  • This recipe uses rolled oats. It is often called old-fashioned oatmeal.
    • I do not suggest using quick cook oatmeal. It will change the entire texture of the cake.
  • You can use any nuts in the topping that you prefer. Pecans, almonds, or walnuts are great.
    • Don’t like nuts? You can leave them out.
  • Variations:
    • Feel free to add more seasonings to the cake. Nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, or pumpkin pie spice are all delicious.
    • Add raisins or dried cranberries to the cake.
    • Stir in chocolate chips.  Chocolate is always a good idea!
  • Can Oatmeal Cake be made in advance? Absolutely! This cake actually tastes better the day after it is made. Store the cake covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Steph

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