Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Frosting Recipe
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Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Frosting Recipe

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After enjoying this recipe for more than 30 years, I knew it was time to revise it. I was happy to discover that replacing the oil with applesauce and using fat-free half-and-half didn't alter the flavor of my favorite snack. —Pat Van Cleve of Winston-Salem, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 288 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 305mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine oats and water; let stand for 20 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the sugars, applesauce and eggs. Add oat mixture; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and nutmeg; gradually add to batter and mix well.
  2. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  3. In a large bowl, combine frosting ingredients; spread over hot cake. Broil 6 in. from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Frosting in Light & Tasty December/January 2006, p35

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shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 206082
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2013

"This was a very easy cake to make. It also turned out very moist. My only complaint, like one of the other reviewers, is that it was missing something. I like their suggestion of raisins and may try adding that next time."

happygirlof5 User ID: 3713307 113013
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2012

"This is one of my favorite recipes. I don't always make the broiled frosting. Sometimes i just sprinkle cin and sugar over the top. It is easy to make, inexpensive and I almost always have all the ingrediants on hand which is why I am making it today."

Jeannines1949 User ID: 1151988 141121
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

"This is an excellent recipe! I will definitely make again."

MaikoEmi User ID: 4616610 99207
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"I really liked this cake. It reminded me of all the "harvest" cakes I had as a child. I seriously considered adding either a jar of baby carrots or just adding some golden raisins to the mix. The cake itself was a little bland and could use something more. Otherwise my only complaint was that I don't think there was quite enough frosting. I realize it was supposed to be thinner, but I had some small bald spots on my cake that I just couldn't cover.


zoe777 User ID: 2981487 58271
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2008

"can be halved using an 8x8 pan!"

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