Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting

A vintage oatmeal spice cake with an old fashioned broiled crunchy coconut-pecan topping.

Good morning everyone. I just wanted to let y'all know that today I'm doing a Guest Post over at The Country Cook. Brandie is one of my blogging bff's and close friend, so I'm tickled to be contributing a guest post. I hope you'll pop on over and check out my recipe for this scrumptious Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Frosting.

You know me, I love a good cake recipe. This delicious oatmeal cake reminds me a bit of a German Chocolate Cake. The cake part is made with oatmeal, but the frosting is a cooked coconut-pecan frosting.

After the frosting is cooked it's finished off by placing the baked cake under your ovens broiler. The broiler makes a crispy golden brown topping. 
This would be a wonderful dessert to make for Mothers Day which is just few short weeks away. Lets get started on this easy Oatmeal Cake.

I have included some step by step photos of the cake and broiled frosting preparation. 

Yum! There is just something so special and delicious when it comes to a good homemade broiled pecan frosting.


Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake W/Broiled Frosting

1 - cup oatmeal (old fashioned or quick oats)
1 1/2 - cups hot water
1/2 - cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 - cup regular granulated sugar
1 - cup light brown sugar
2 - eggs
1 1/2 - teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups self rising flour (do not substitute)
1 - teaspoon ground cinnamon
dash of ground nutmeg

Coconut - Pecan Broiled Frosting:
2/3 - cup butter
1/2 - cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 - cups light brown sugar
1 1/2 - cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 1/2- cups pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 inch square baking pan.  Place the oats in a medium bowl and add 1 1/2 cups hot water, lightly mix and set aside so the oatmeal can absorb the water. 

In a large bowl or kitchen aid using the paddle attachment; add the butter and sugars and mix until creamy and well blended.

Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix until blended. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Give the oatmeal a gentle stir. The mixture should resemble a thick bowl of cooked oatmeal.  

Add half of the flour mixture into the butter and sugar mixture; add half of the oatmeal and mix well; Add the remaining flour and oatmeal. 

Mix until everything is combined.  Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 inch prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 

While the cake is baking prepare the broiled coconut frosting. Add the butter, evaporated milk, brown sugar, coconut and pecans to a medium saucepan. Let the mixture come to a boil and then boil for 1 minute; remove from heat. 

Remove cake from the oven. While the cake is still hot spread the coconut topping evenly over top of the cake. 

Broil under your ovens broiler for about 2 minutes or until the topping is lightly golden brown. Watch closely, because the topping can burns easily, so don't walk away. 

Recipe yields: 10 - 12 servings
Adapted from: 1990 Warsaw Community Cookbook


The Country Cook said... #

I am so thankful to call you a friend! Thank you for sharing this AMAZING cake over on my page. It is so, so good and is already getting great reviews! I hope one day we can sit down around the table together in person! (hugs)

Tina Butler said... #

That would be such a treat Brandie. Thank you for letting me be a guest in your kitchen. Your next so, get to cookin my friend.

Karen said... #

I use to make this cake for my husband back in the 70's !! I think I made it every week ! I have been looking for the recipe again so THANK YOU !!!!!

Dawnbaby said... #

Made this cake for Mothers Day for all the inlaws/outlaw... and It was the best ever!!! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said... #

I made a different oatmeal cake recipe for a family reunion, one that didn't call for cooking the frosting before broiling. However, my butter was cold and wasn't mixing in properly, so I sat it on the burner to warm a bit. And promptly forgot about it! It simmered for a few minutes but luckily didn't burn, so I breathed a sigh of relief and continued. It was the best mistake and best cake EVER!! Can't wait to try this one!

Anonymous said... #

The cake part of the recipe calls for 1 - 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter,
So how much butter are you supposed to use?

Anonymous said... #

Thanks for the correction.

Tina Butler said... #

You're welcome. I was out of town and trying to fix it from my phone. A extra 1 got added. Sorry about that.

Anonymous said... #

We call this Heavy Cake at my house. Just lift the finished product and you will see why!!!

Beth Creighton said... #

My Mom always made this delicious Oatmeal Cake w/frosting but never did get her recipe. I am so happy to find it here and it does look delicious & moist. I can't wait to make it.

Thank you, your recipes are great.

Beth Creighton, Ontario, Canada

Unknown said... #

This looks so good. Thanks for the recipe.

Anonymous said... #

Can i replace the coconut with something else. My hubby doesn't eat coconut , but this recipe sounds so delicious.

Tina Butler said... #

This is an old fashioned recipe, so I have no idea what you could replace the coconut with and have the cake still taste the same. Maybe a reader can chime in and suggest something.

shari said... #

I also need to know about the coconut, my husband (who would eat most of the cake lol) doesn't like coconut. :( I love this cake as is! Wondering if I can just leave it out or double the nuts? Hopefully someone has tried something! :) Because this cake is fabulous!!! Maybe just 'ice' it like a regular cake?

G-Mom said... #

I've had this recipe for years and I love it. It is very delicious and moist.

Karen said... #

This is my favorite cake! Always had oN birthdays! I got my hair caught in the electric mixer when I was 9. Still love this cake!

Leona said... #

Tina:>>I made this fabulous cake to take to our church bake sale last week, & 3 of the ladies I was working with have asked for my/your recipe. They just raved about how good it was & they had never made a broiled frosting before! My one son who comes to visit from time to time just loved this cake also.

Tina Butler said... #

I am so glad you liked it. That is one of my favorite cakes.

Red said... #

Use finely chopped Apple instead of coconut. Delish!

Anonymous said... #


Tina Butler said... #

You are only placing the glass pan under the broiler for 2 minutes, so yes you can place a glass pan under the broiler. I place the pan on the bottom rack not directly under the coils. The frosting is a coconut-pecan frosting, so I really cannot think of a good substitute without changing the flavor and texture of the frosting.