Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cake


Have you ever had an oatmeal cake? Most of us have had oatmeal cookies, I would guess. But, i don’t know that Oatmeal Cake is quite as common. But, it should be!

This is a cake recipe that has been in my family for many years. I can remember enjoying it many times since I was a little girl.

The smell of this cake baking is just so warm and cozy. It reminds me of those cartoons that show the aroma rising up and pulling a person off their feet and toward the delicious smell. The oatmeal gives the cake moistness and cinnamon adds that old-fashioned flavor.

To top it all off, a buttery coconut and brown sugar mixture is poured on top and placed under the broiler to give it a bubbly and slightly caramelized finish.

Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you’ll be quite content. Trust me!

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter- room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (I used 1 cup white ad 1/2 cup of wheat)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 6 Tbs. melted butter

Boil the 1 1/3 cup water. Measure the oats in a small bowl.


As soon as the water begins to boil, pour all of it over the oats. Stir, and set aside to allow the water to soak in.


In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars.


Add the eggs and mix well until fluffy.


Sift all the dry ingredients together.

Give the oats mixture another stir. Most of the liquid should be absorbed.

Now, pour half of the dry mixture in the mixing bowl. Stir slowly. Add half of the oatmeal. Stir slowly.

Now- do that again…dry mixture and then the oats. Mix just until well-combined.


Pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes- until the cake testes done. ( it is done when a small knife inserted in the middle will not be gooey…if a few moist crumbs hang on, that’s ok- just not wet and gooey)


The topping needs to be applied to the cake while it is still hot.

So, as soon as the cake is taken out of the oven- start working on the topping.

For the topping:

Melt the butter. Add the other topping ingredients and mix until the sugar is dissolved and everything is well-incorporated.


Pour all of this over the hot cake, and carefully spread it out so that it covers the whole cake.

Turn the broiler of the oven onto high. Make sure the rack inside the oven is at the very top position.


Slide the cake to the top rack. Keep the oven door cracked open so you can keep an eye on the cake.

The broiler is very hot and will burn the cake very quickly. So- keep an eye on it constantly.

As soon as the topping on the cake begins to bubble, give it about 30 seconds- just until the topping is melted and the coconut is starting to brown.



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4 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cake

  1. mayra April 27, 2013 at 8:20 pm Reply

    Delicious!!!! I didn’t do the coconut and made with lots of nuts my family loved it thanks for sharing!!!

  2. Suzanne November 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm Reply

    Omg, so good. I cut the recipe in half so I make it in an 8 by 8 pan. Making it again full size to take to school tomorrow. The teachers are going to love it! It tastes just like the one my made when we were kids. Thank you

  3. makeithomemade November 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm Reply

    Suzanne, isn’t it so good? I always forget how much I love this cake in between the times i make it. I think I fall in love with it again each time! The best recipes are definitely the ones that remind us of sweet memories growing up! 🙂

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