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Oatmeal Cake


  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup regular oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour


  • 6 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bring the water to a boil and pour it over the oats. Let the oats stand for 20 minutes. Mix the brown sugar, granulated sugar, shortening, eggs, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and flour together and add the oat mixture. Pour into a greased 9x13 inch pan and bake 35-40 minutes.


Mix the butter, evaporated milk, coconut, brown sugar, chopped nuts and vanilla together. When the cake is done, carefully spread the topping over the cake. Turn the oven to broil and place the cake under the broiler flame until the coconut browns. Watch carefully, it burns easily!

By Robin from Washington, IA


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March 16, 20130 found this helpful

This is the same recipe that I got from a babysitter more than 50 years ago. (Coincidentally, Robin, the sitter was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa). An additional tip she gave me with the recipe. She purposely cooked a little extra oatmeal when she fixed breakfast for the kiddies, and set aside 1 1/2 cups to use in the cake. This cake is still a family favorite.

Harlean from Arkansas

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  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


Pour boiling water over oats; let cool. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs. Next, add the oats. Sift dry ingredients together and add next. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 40 minutes. Use a 9x13 inch pan.

Topping Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk or cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup coconut

Topping Directions

Mix together in a saucepan and cook for 2-3 minutes. Spread on cake as soon as removed from oven. A very moist and delicious cake!

By Robin from Washington, IA

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