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!
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For a simple healthy dessert, this Amish Oatmeal Cake cannot be beat. It was a childhood favorite. Place raisins in a small bowl and pour boiling water over them. Stir well and cover.
Boil butter, sugar, and milk together for about 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat and add nuts and coconut. Spread on cake while both are still warm...
Add boiling water to oatmeal. Let stand 10 minutes. Add brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla, and margarine. Stir until margarine is melted.
Oatmeal cake topped with coconut.
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Pour boiling water over oats; let cool. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs. Next, add the oats. Sift dry ingredients together and add next.