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 water1 cup oatmeal (old fashioned or quick)1/2 cup butter (1 stick)2 eggs, beaten1 cup brown sugar1 cup white sugar1 tsp soda1 tsp cinnamon1/2 tsp nutmeg1 tsp vanilla1-1/3 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 Frosting1/2 cup butter (1 stick)1/2 cup white sugar1/4 cup evaporated milk or cream1-2 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.