This is the BEST CAKE I have ever eaten! A moist cake made with oats, and lightly spiced with nutmeg is topped with a broiled coconut icing. Not too sweet, not too dry, just amazing.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small bowl, stir oats into boiling water. Set aside to soak for 20 minutes.

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8x8 inch baking pan.

  • In a medium bowl, cream together the white sugar, 1 cup brown sugar and shortening until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Sift in the flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; stir just until moistened. Mix in the soaked oats. Pour into the prepared pan, and spread evenly.

  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Turn the oven to the broil setting and let it heat up.

  • In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, heavy cream, coconut and vanilla. Spread over the top of the cake. Broil for a few minutes, just until the coconut is lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts

433.6 calories; 4.1 g protein; 61.6 g carbohydrates; 49.7 mg cholesterol; 265.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2006
This cake IS very good but I'm only giving it 4 stars because the directions are wrong. I checked my cake @ 30 min. (because I never want to overcook anything) and it was pretty far away from being done. Checked it at 35 (like recipe says) still runny 40 min still not done. I finally took it out after 43 minutes because I hate anything overdone. I wish I'd left it in another five minutes because the middle still wasn't cooked. But the rest of the cake was and with the topping it is delicious! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/14/2009
Cake was very dense but enjoyable topping was more like a thin macaroon than a frosting? We all liked it all ate it - but it was a bit odd. Read More
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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2006
This cake IS very good but I'm only giving it 4 stars because the directions are wrong. I checked my cake @ 30 min. (because I never want to overcook anything) and it was pretty far away from being done. Checked it at 35 (like recipe says) still runny 40 min still not done. I finally took it out after 43 minutes because I hate anything overdone. I wish I'd left it in another five minutes because the middle still wasn't cooked. But the rest of the cake was and with the topping it is delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2006
This cake IS very good but I'm only giving it 4 stars because the directions are wrong. I checked my cake @ 30 min. (because I never want to overcook anything) and it was pretty far away from being done. Checked it at 35 (like recipe says) still runny 40 min still not done. I finally took it out after 43 minutes because I hate anything overdone. I wish I'd left it in another five minutes because the middle still wasn't cooked. But the rest of the cake was and with the topping it is delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2004
This IS yummy. I cut way back on the sugar though - 1/2 cup white and 1/2 cup brown. And I added cinnamon to the batter and baked it in a 9 x 13 pan for about 45 minutes. Some chopped nuts added to the topping were the finishing touch. Mmmm. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2004
yum yum yum!! I did try variuos adaptations also only improved it. Like using a fruit juice like pineapple apple etc. Instead of all the boiled water. Enjoy it!!!! I do. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2004
This is close to the old Quaker Oats "Sunshine" Cake...which uses 1 C boiling H2O to 1 C Quick Oats 1 t cinnamon and 1 1/3 C flour with the broiled icing! Alway been a favorite staple at our house from kids thru Grandkids! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2008
Delicious. Just cook the topping on top of the stove first it will thicken up then spread and broil. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2005
Excellent cake. Mine also took closer to 50 minutes to bake. I added about 1/4 tsp of cinnamon in addition to the nutmeg. Very easy and very yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2004
Great tasting cake with a caramel flavour. I had to cook mine 10 min extra. Used desicated coconut for topping but found the topping a little greasy. Next time I'll try the flaked coconut or use less butter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2004
A very old favorite recipe! We always used cinnamon rather than nutmeg. My daughter took this recipe as an assignment to a Bethesda MD Junior High cooking class. Her teacher "insisted" that the recipe was wrong and the topping had to be baked rather than broiled - and then gave her a failing grade because the cake was overcooked! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2007
The cake was great but the 'frosting' top wasn't so thrilling. Definitely too much butter. After spreading it on I waiting a minute for it to settle & then I had to get paper towels to blot up a LOT of butter. I'm a butter lover too so I was a little shocked at how greasy it would have been had I not done that. I'd prefer a thicker topping a ganache maybe? But the cake was excellent a BIG hit w/ my 2 & 4 year olds. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/14/2009
Cake was very dense but enjoyable topping was more like a thin macaroon than a frosting? We all liked it all ate it - but it was a bit odd. Read More
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