Dining By Debbie

Mom’s Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting

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Today is my mothers birthday. Today she would have turned 76 years old. We lost her 11 1/2 years ago and there are still many days that are so lonely without her. I can never be prepared for that moment that is going to bring the tears. It can be something so silly as preparing one of her recipes. I can still see her in the kitchen putting everything into the many dishes she made for her family.

Mom loved being with her family and she loved country music. She always dreamed of going to the Grand Ole Opry House. One day my sister, Bev called with a great idea. She said we should have a sisters trip going to visit our sister, Allene in Nashville, Tennessee. Even better than that she thought we should take Mom. Making memories from this trip is what you would call priceless. This was a dream of moms that we were able to realize and share with her. When mom started laughing at something she couldn’t stop. She could make anything fun. Even on vacation we ended up baking pies. Banana Cream Pies with my filling and Mom’s Never Fail Pie Crust.

Being in the kitchen makes me feel like Mom is close. With a mother who could cook as well as any chef I thought it only fitting to put one of mom’s recipes on the blog for her birthday. Hope you enjoy her recipes as much as I do. Happy Birthday Mom.

Moms Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting

Serves 16
Prep time 45 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 10 minutes
Meal type Dessert Recipes
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party
By author Deborah Iverson


Oatmeal Cake

  • 1 1/3 cup Hot Water
  • 1 cup Dry Oatmeal
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter (room temp)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts

Broiled Coconut Frosting

  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Whole Milk
  • 3/4 cups Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts


Step 1
Preheat oven at 375 degrees. Mix hot water and oatmeal together. Set aside.
Step 2
Cream together on medium speed sugars and butter.
Step 3
Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each one.
Step 4
In separate bowl whisk together dry ingredients and slowly add to creamed mixture mixing well.
Step 5
Add oatmeal mixture and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.
Step 6
Divide cake between two 8" round cake pans and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until center is dry when toothpick is inserted.
Step 7
Set oven to broil While cake is still hot make frosting by adding butter, brown sugar and milk to small sauce pan. Cook on medium high heat stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute.
Step 8
Remove from stove and stir in coconut and remaining nuts.
Step 9
Line a cookie sheet with Parchment Paper. Place cake layers on cookie sheet. Divide frosting between to cakes spreading evenly and dripping over the sides slightly.
Step 10
Broil with oven door slightly open to watch and make sure it doesn't burn. This will be quick only about a minute or two.
Step 11
Remove from oven when frosting starts to bubble and get brown.
Step 12
Let cool and then very carefully place on layer on top of the other.

I wandered the internet to find a few more recipes for Oatmeal Cake. Here I thought my mom was the that had ever made cake from Oatmeal.

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Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping

Oatmeal Cake with Coconut Pecan Topping




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