A delicious, lightly spiced oatmeal cake with a coconut caramel nut topping.

Susan
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.

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  • Pour boiling water over oats. Set aside.

  • Sift together flour, salt, soda and cinnamon. Set aside.

  • Cream 1/2 cup butter, sugar, 1 cup brown sugar and eggs until fluffy. Add flour mixture and mix in. Add softened oats. Pour batter into a 9x13 inch pan.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove cake from oven. Set oven temperature to broil.

  • In a saucepan, combine milk, 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup brown sugar.

  • Heat until melted, then add coconut and chopped nuts. Spread on warm cake.

  • Place cake under broiler for 2 to 3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

264 calories; 12.6 g total fat; 37 mg cholesterol; 275 mg sodium. 36.6 g carbohydrates; 2.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2007
In my continuing search for an oatmeal cake "better than grandma made" I found this one. Rather than messing with broiling the topping just combine the topping ingredients and spoon it randomly on top of the uncooked cake batter. Bake at 325 for 40-50 minutes. Delicious and no chance of broiling accidents and topping cleanup messes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2007
In my continuing search for an oatmeal cake "better than grandma made" I found this one. Rather than messing with broiling the topping just combine the topping ingredients and spoon it randomly on top of the uncooked cake batter. Bake at 325 for 40-50 minutes. Delicious and no chance of broiling accidents and topping cleanup messes. Read More
(32)
Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2007
In my continuing search for an oatmeal cake "better than grandma made" I found this one. Rather than messing with broiling the topping just combine the topping ingredients and spoon it randomly on top of the uncooked cake batter. Bake at 325 for 40-50 minutes. Delicious and no chance of broiling accidents and topping cleanup messes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2008
i accidently overbaked these because i left my oven at 400 but knew i had to get them out as soon as i smelled the flavor. i made exactly 22 cupcakes with these (pour water over the 2 empty slots) and even though i overbaked them, they were fantastically moist. i will be making again! this time i'll remember to bake them at 350 for 25-30 mins Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2006
I've tried dozens of oatmeal cake and bar recipes trying to duplicate the one I loved as a kid. I'm done this is it! I have printed a copy of the recipe to keep in my purse because so many people ask for it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2012
This was one of the greatest cakes I've ever tasted. I made it for a party a.d everyone went nuts over this. You couldn't possibly be disappointed. And I didn't make any changes. (drives me NUTS when people say, oh this was five stars, but I changed every other ingredient????....this gives us nothing, people!?) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2016
I used regular milk instead of evaporated but otherwise made the recipe as written. I was a bit worried that the batter was too thick to 'pour' into the pan but it was better once the softened oats were added. This is Delicious... both warm with ice cream or cold... And I would never have thought I'd say that about an oatmeal cake! Update: I have been making this cake regularly for the past three years... It is requested by family members all the time and coworkers love it... It disappears in minutes. It cuts up nicely so it's easy to transport. Truly a winner recipe! Oh and definitely follow the recipe and broil the topping... It gives it a nice browned tastey flavor! Lastly I have made this for people that do not eat coconut so have made it without... instead just double the nuts in the topping. Still tastes amazing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2003
Excellent!!! Great with coffee and vanilla ice cream. The topping is soooooooo good. Impressed the in-laws with this. Everyone liked this cake. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2011
My whole family liked this cake. The flavor reminds me of fall. The Brulee topping added the perfect sweet nutty crunch. I always follow the recipe AS WRITTEN the first time I make it so I can accurately rate the recipe. I will definitely make again with a slight cut back in white sugar. I'd like to play around with whole wheat flour apples raisins & spices. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2010
Don't change a thing!! Being from the south I had never even heard of this cake before! A friend from the midwest requested it and it was a huge hit!! Definitely suggest sticking with the broiling - it caramelized everything perfectly! Thanks for the recipe. Made this again! The recipe is still the best!! Was thinking about trying it as a breakfast cake next time. Maybe add a little more oatmeal and a little less brown sugar/butter to the topping. Would make a good coffee cake?? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2008
Very good.. have been making this for over a year and hubby loves it. Try a diced up apple in it for a little twist to it. Its GREAT both ways!!!!!! Read More
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