Aunt Mary's Oatmeal Cake!

 
  
This is my Aunt Mary's oatmeal cake and it's a really great cake.  It makes an excellent coffee cake or breakfast cake and it must be healthy, because it has a cup of oatmeal in it...lol.   It's an easy cake to make and takes almost no time at all. Also, you usually have the ingredients for this on hand and can whip it up with no planning or shopping.  I like it best warm out of the oven, but it's almost as good for breakfast the next day.  Here is what you will need:
 
1  1/2  cups boiling water
1 cup oatmeal (not instant)
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
 
Icing
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cream or evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup coconut
 
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 
Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil.  Add oatmeal and let stand for 30 minutes.  Cream butter and sugars together.  Mix in eggs, flour, soda, salt, cinnamon and vanilla.  Stir in the oatmeal.  Blend until just mixed.  Don't over mix.  
 
 
 
Spray a 9"x13" baking pan with nonstick baking spray.  Pour in cake batter and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.    During the last few minutes of the cake's baking time, place the butter, brown sugar, cream, salt and vanilla in a saucepan on medium heat.  Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute.   Remove from heat and stir in coconut and nuts.
 
 
While the cake is still warm pour the icing over and place back in the oven set on broil for about 1-2 minutes.   Watch this very closely, because it can burn in seconds.  This just really toasts the nuts and coconut and finishes the topping really nicely.
 
 
Aunt Mary's Oatmeal Cake!


 
 



31 comments:

  1. Sounds really good!! Can't wait to try it.

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  2. YUMMIE THIS CAKE IS EASY TO MAKE AND AWESOME TO
    EAT. REALY MOIST, MAKES A GREAT DESSERT.....

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  3. My fella is allergic to coconut, would the topping be ok without it, do ya think?

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    1. Oh yes, it will! You can substitute most any thing else that he likes, we love to use rolled oats instead of the coconut flakes. Enjoy!

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    2. Sure will be! We like to use more rolled oats instead of the coconut flakes! You could use most anything that he likes! Enjoy!

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    3. I have made it without coconut and just added extra nuts and it turned out just fine.

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    4. I BET RAISEN WOULD BE GOOD I THINK I WILL TRY

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  4. Yes, you can leave the coconut out, just add a few more nuts to it.

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  5. My Aunt Dorothy made this exact cake for our last Mother's Day picnic (it's a family affair)! It's so good!

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  6. I am 54 and cannot remember when this cake was not a regular part of the repertoire for my mother and both grandmothers. My older by 6 years brother would request this for his birthday cake. Thank you for bringing back some nice memories. We also had Prune Cake on a regular basis, another moist treat, with caramel frosting.

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  7. Does this cake have to be refrigerated..???

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  8. This cake sounds Amazing I will make it tomorrow morning I'm Diabetic but my husband eats enough sweets fir both of us I'm new on here but I've tried many of these and none has failed me they are all excellent I love the Recipes

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  9. I have this recipe and have made it for years. So yummy and is a hit with everyone.

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  10. I can't wait to make it..

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  11. My motherinlaw used to make this years ago and shared it with me...it has been a long time since I have made it and I don't know why because it is delicious..I def. an going to start making this again..This recipe is just like hers...Mmmm!

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  12. My mom used to make this cake all the time and it has been passed through our family. We all love it

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  13. Can I use steel mill oats..???

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  14. My Mother used to make fried molasses, do you have a receipe for it> I know its an old time dish, Seens like she put some baking soda in it and it foamed up and then she served it.I remember that is was good.

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  15. I made this using Parkay sticks (money saving measure) and it was perfection. For those of you following Weight Watchers, if you slice the cake into 24 even slices each piece (using Parkay) is a very satisfying 6 points.

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  16. Margarine is the worse thing to cook or bake with!!, unbelievably butter is healthlier alternative. Margarine is one ingredient shy of becoming PLASTIC!! Can you imagine what that does to your colon?????

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  17. THIS HAS GOT TO BE MY VERY FAVORITE CAKE!!! I HAD LOST MY RECIPE A LONG TIME AGO, AND DIDN'T KNOW WHERE TO GET IT.. SOO GLAD SOMEONE SHARED THIS ONE..

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  18. I sooooo want to make this cake!!! BUT need clarification please....it's the butter....I think there are typos here.....My butter stick says = to 1/4 cup

    Here recipe calls for 1/2 cup (1 stick) in 2 places it has this.

    what should I do, follow my butter's measurements or use 2 sticks? So confused...
    Thanks a heap! Golly this looks so delicious!

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    1. Normally 1 stick of butter is equal to 1/2 cup. It is 8 Tbs. What you are probably seeing is 1/4 lbs. A box of butter is usually 1 pound and 1 stick is 1/4 pound.
      Just go by Tablespoons and use 8 of them if it's less confusing for you.

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  19. I love this cake! I also love carrot cake! Kathy could you please post carrot cake too?

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  20. I have been making this cake since I was 15 - that's 53 years. It's always been good so matter what new cakes come out.

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  21. Can quick oatmeal be used? Or do you have to use plain oatmeal?

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    1. You could use the quick oatmeal, but not the instant.

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