Joy of Cooking’s Oatmeal Cake Recipe
For every chick grains are important and here at the henhouse grain is a personal favorite. So, we’ve decided to make a good old fashioned oatmeal cake. The best one we’ve tried comes right from your favorite cookbook and mine, The Joy of Cooking. I don’t think there’s a recipe in this book, that I’ve tried, that hasn’t been absolutely wonderful, so here it is:
Joy of Cooking Oatmeal Cake
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 and 1/2 cups boiling water
- 1 and 1/3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp grated or ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
STEP ONE: Boil the water and soak the oatmeal in the water for 2o minutes.
When it’s finished it should look like this:
STEP 2: Put the butter (room temperature) and sugars in a mixing bowl and cream them together.
Add the eggs and vanilla and continue to cream the mixture.
The creamed mixture will look like this. Be sure to scrape the side of the bowl to make sure the mix is completely mixed together.
STEP 3: Add the oatmeal mixture and then the dry ingredients to the batter.
The batter will look like this and will be much thinner than the creamed mixture.
Pour the batter into a greased 8X8 pan.
NOTE: The original recipe calls for a 9X13 pan, but we liked the thickness of the 8X8.
STEP 4: Bake the cake for 35 minutes. While the cake is baking, prepare the topping. Here’s what you’ll need:
Oatmeal Cake Topping
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup cream
Combine these ingredients in a mixing bowl until smooth in consistency. It will look like this when you are finished.
STEP 5: Remove cake from the oven and turn on the broiler. Carefully spread the topping over the cake until completely covered and place under broiler for 2-5 minutes or until the topping is brown and bubbly.
Here’s the finished product. We couldn’t even take a picture before the roosters were pecking at it! We had to convince them that we should save some for their lunches the next day. 🙂