A wonderful spice cake, made with oatmeal and a brown sugar-coconut-nut topping. Easy to make by hand when you live on a boat — no beater required!
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 40minutes
Carbs (g): 92
1 1/4cupsboiling water
1cupold-fashioned(quick or instant oatmeal)
1/2cupsoftened shortening (OR butter OR margarine)
1/4cupbutter (OR margarine)
1/4cupcream (OR half-and-half OR evaporated milk OR milk OR soy milk)
1 1/3cupsflaked or shredded coconut
1/2cupchopped pecans (OR walnuts)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Pour boiling water over oatmeal, set aside and let stand while making cake. IMPORTANT: The first time I made this, I put the water and oatmeal in a pan together and then turned the burner on high, thinking I’d cook it like for oatmeal. But there’s a lot less water and the oats scorched — badly — before I realized it. Learn from my mistake: put the oatmeal in a small bowl, then pour the boiling water over them and let it sit. It’ll form a thick glob — that’s fine.
Use the back of a spoon to cream together the shortening, brown sugar, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl. If the shortening/butter/margarine is soft — that is, at room temperature — it’s easy to mix it by hand.
Add eggs and beat so that it’s well mixed together.
Then add oatmeal mixture. It’ll be one big blob, but use your spoon to break it up a bit. Then start mixing and it’ll break up into small pieces — it’s okay if it’s still a little lumpy.
Mix together flour, salt, soda, and cinnamon in a measuring cup or small bowl, then add it to the oatmeal mixture. Stir it until it’s all mixed in, then beat 20 to 30 strokes so that it’s all thoroughly mixed and a little fluffy.
Pour the batter into a greased 9″ x 13″ pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick or knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
While the cake is baking, mix together the topping ingredients in a small bowl.
If you have a BROILER: When cake is done, quickly spread the topping over the cake, then put it back under the broiler for about 5 minutes until it bubbles.
If you DON’T have a broiler: Let the cake cool somewhat (it doesn’t have to be totally cool). Put the topping mixture into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until it just starts to boil, stirring occasionally. Spread over the cake.
Serve warm or cooled.
Oatmeal Spice Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 705Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 18g90%
Vitamin A 350IU7%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.