This cake almost didn’t make it to the blog. Here’s how it went down:

I was looking through a family cookbook a little while ago, and came across a recipe from my aunt for this Oatmeal Cake. I was intrigued. It seemed so simple – one of those recipes that you’d whip up on a Sunday night for your family. I wanted to try it, and that family cookbook rarely lets me down.

So I made the cake. Simple enough. Nothing fancy.

And then I went to make the topping. As it is with family cookbooks a lot of the time, the instructions were a little bit vague. Like the coconut – it just listed coconut as an ingredient – not how much. So I guessed. Butter and brown sugar are boiled together, then coconut is stirred in before putting it on the cake and then putting it all under the broiler. It seemed simple enough, but I don’t know if I messed up somewhere along the line or if it’s just the recipe, but when I went to spread the topping on the cake, it was totally grainy. Maybe I cooked it too quickly, maybe the sugar from the coconut caused it to crystalize, who knows. But I had already poured it on, so there was no turning back.

I broiled the topping, then put the cake on the counter to cool. I was disappointed, because of that crystallized topping. Right then, I told myself that I’d have to start over.

  • Cake
  • 1½ cups hot water
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Topping
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup coconut

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine the water and the oatmeal and allow to soak while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
  3. Cream together the butter and both sugars. Beat in the eggs. In another bowl, mix together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add half of the flour to the creamed butter mixture, followed by the soaked oatmeal, then the remaining flour, mixing between additions. Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake until set, 35-40 minutes.
  4. For the topping, turn the oven to broil. Combine the butter, brown sugar and milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, while stirring. Boil for one minute. Stir in the coconut. Pour over the cake, spread, then broil for one minute.

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