Chocolate Oatmeal Cake Recipe
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Chocolate Oatmeal Cake Recipe

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Writes Deborah Sheehan of East Orland, Maine, "Chocolate Oatmeal Cake is a treat—it's so moist and is topped with scrumptious coffee frosting."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream, warmed
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 560 calories, 21 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 494 mg sodium, 91 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine water and oats. Sprinkle with chocolate chips (do not stir); let stand for 20 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in oat mixture. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  3. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. For frosting, dissolve coffee granules in cream; set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter until smooth. Beat in vanilla and salt. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in enough of the coffee mixture to achieve spreading consistency. Frost cake. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Oatmeal Cake in Taste of Home April/May 2001, p13

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bwilkin User ID: 3339114 87983
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2014

"The cake was moist but had zero flavor. The frosting had barely a hint of coffee flavor. Won't bother making again, waste of ingredients and time."

yuehching User ID: 224401 52233
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

"This chocolate oatmeal cake was moist, dense and delicious. My son said it tasted like brownie. The whole family enjoyed it very much. Definitely I will make this again."

Kathleen C. User ID: 5734588 35249
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"I have made this recipe many times. I never gave the page a second glance, but my Mom made the cake and shared it w/me. Coffee frosting a a nice change. My teenager even likes it. Very moist and yummy!"

xicota User ID: 944314 92310
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"I've made this cake many times---very easy preparation, very moist. Love the coffee frosting! Great for potlucks or family gatherings. I'll make it for company dinner tonight, and I'm going to try those extra-dark s.s. choc. chips in the ingredients. A definite recommend!"

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