Thursday, June 23, 2011

Oatmeal Coconut Walnut Cake

My family has found a new go-to cake!

I couple months ago I found this recipe from The Mother Huddle. My dad's three favorite things are oatmeal cookies, coconut (fresh or in a cream pie) and walnuts (eaten raw or baked into anything). So what could be more perfect for Father's Day dinner than an Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Coconut-Walnut Frosting?!?

I gotta tell you- I enjoyed every step of baking this cake. It was easy to make- the only ingredient I didn't have on hand was evaporated milk. It smelled FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC while baking! And everyone LOVED it! I knew my dad would, but I had no idea how much everyone else in the house would enjoy it. I think my husband had three pieces that night!

There have been several requests to bake this again. I think I'll need to add a few cans of evaporated milk to the stockpile list so I am ready to go whenever we get a craving for this incredible cake!

Here is the basic recipe but please do stop by The Mother Huddle to check out her baking tips!

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake

1-1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup oatmeal (old fashioned or quick)
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
1-1/3 cup flour

Pour boiling water over oatmeal and add the butter. Let stand until butter is melted.
Add all other ingredients. Mix together well. Pour into a greased and floured 9×13 pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes.

Coconut Walnut Frosting

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk or cream
1-2 cups shredded coconut (I only used one cup but my mom uses two)
1 cup chopped walnuts (may substitute pecans if desired)
1 tsp vanilla

Melt butter in quart size pan and add sugar, evaporated milk (or cream.) Bring to a boil and cook until thickens, about 4 minutes on my stove. Remove from heat and stir in coconut, nuts, and vanilla. Pour over cake and broil in oven until toasty looking. 


  1. I agree with your dad.. those have to be my 3 favorite things too!! I'm so going to back this cake. I love how easy it is and I know that I have the ingredients on hand. Thanks for sharing such a delicious sounding cake!!

  2. I kept telling myself not to click this link. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T CLICK THAT LINK!... I clicked, and now I want to eat about 8 slices right now. Right now please!

  3. OK this looks AMAZING! I might just have to turn my oven on even though it's over 90 degrees here. :) Thank you for your sweet award! It really made my day! Yay for blogging friends! :)