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Joy of Cooking’s Oatmeal Cake Recipe

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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

Ingredients

  • 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.  🙂

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Servings Prep Time Cook Time
1loaf 30minutes 35minutes
Servings Prep Time
1loaf 30minutes
Cook Time
35minutes
Ingredients
  • For the Cake
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 1/3 cups flour all purpose
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the Topping
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (white)
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
Servings: loaf
Units:
Ingredients
  • For the Cake
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 1/3 cups flour all purpose
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the Topping
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (white)
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
Servings: loaf
Units:
Instructions
For the Cake
  1. Bring water to a boil; soak the oatmeal in the water for 20 minutes.
  2. Using a stand or hand mixer, cream butter and sugars together; add eggs and vanilla and continue to cream the mixture.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients together.
  4. Add the set oatmeal to the creamed mixture and mix together.
  5. Gradually add in the dry ingredients, combine to form a thin batter. Pour into an 8x8 pan.
  6. Baked the cake for 35 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clear when inserted into the center of the cake
For the Topping
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl until it is smooth in consistency.
  2. Remove the cake from the oven. Turn on the broiler.
  3. Carefully spread the topping over the cake, while still warm, so that it completely covers the top of the cake. Place under the broiler for 2 - 5 minutes or until the topping is brown and bubbly.
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