Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake


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Soft, delicately spiced oatmeal cake adorned with a layer sweet, crunchy broiled coconut topping.

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Yesterday, I did something that I almost never do…I called a Snow Day. Unlike other schools, our school never cancels school due to the weather. That’s the beauty of homeschool, yo! You can always make the commute! For whatever reason though, I just wasn’t feeling it yesterday. The Sons were super excited for our first real snow accumulation. Sons 2-4 couldn’t concentrate on anything but strategizing for the the inevitable after school snowball fight. Son #1 was still riding the sense of accomplishment from not only learning how to operate our beast of a snowthrower, but actually clearing the driveway with it. He was all about wanting to clear all the neighbors’ driveways with his new found skillset.

Sigh. Boys and their toys.

There was no way I was going to keep those boys of mine motivated long enough to get anything accomplished on the academic front. I’ve read this book and I know how it ends. So rather than fight their distraction all day long, I gave up and called a Snow Day. I know when to pick my battles, and yesterday was not the one of those days. Then I went and picked up a couple of other kids to hang out with my crew, just for fun.

Do you want to know what those 6 snow-loving kids decided to do once I got them all back here? They played hours of fooseball. Inside the house. No kidding! Eventually they did gear up and head outside for the Epic Snowball Battle that they’d plotted all morning. While they were happy to try to freeze to death, I opted to stay inside and bake.

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This Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut Topping is the perfect snack after coming in from the cold. The cake itself is a vintage recipe from the family archives. It’s soft and lightly spiced with an awesome broiled coconut topping that is the stuff dreams are made of! Seriously. I dream about the topping! In fact, I’m totally convinced that slathering that broiled coconut topping on cardboard would make it a delicacy–it’s just that good.

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut Topping is one of those cakes that is wonderful served warm, right out of the oven. I suggest cooling it down with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!


Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake

with Broiled Coconut Topping


Yields 18 Servings


Soft, delicately spiced oatmeal cake adorned with a layer sweet, crunchy broiled coconut topping.

Prep Time: 30 minutes (including 20 minutes inactive), Cook Time: 35 to 45 minutes, Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes


For the Cake:

1 C. old fashioned oats

1 1/3 C. boiling water

½ C. unsalted butter, softened

1 C. light brown sugar

1 C. granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 1/3 C. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground cinnamon


For the Topping:

1 C. light brown sugar

¼ C. 2% milk

6 Tbs. unsalted butter

7 oz. sweetened, finely shredded coconut


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour a 9” x 13” x 2” pan or spray it with baking spray.


Pour the boiling water over the old fashioned oat in a small bowl; let stand for 20 minutes, or until the oats swell and all liquid is absorbed.


While waiting for the oats to swell, cream together the butter and sugars in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well to incorporate after each addition.


In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon to combine. Gradually blend the dry mixture into the creamed mixture, stirring just until it comes together in a smooth batter. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.


Bake for 35 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out mostly clean, with one or two crumbs.


While the cake is baking, prepare the coconut topping by creaming the butter, sugar and milk together until combined, and then folding in the coconut.


Once the cake is done, remove it from the oven an turn the oven broiler on. Spread the coconut topping over the warm cake. Place the cake under the broiler to toast the coconut topping until it turns golden brown. Turn the pan frequently to brown the topping evenly. Watch the cake carefully while browning the topping, as it burns quickly if left unattended. The entire process should take no more than 2 to 3 minutes.


Allow cake to cool completely on a wire rack before serving or serve only slightly warm.


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