Coconut-Topped Oatmeal Cake
Total TimePrep: 15 min. + cooling Bake: 30 min.
I love this cake. I know it's the right one when I find Mrs. Duncan's name. This is one of the first things we made in a class that she taught. I wish I hadn't lost all my recipes. I would love to have the one for the marinated carrots we made. This cake always brings back lovely memories of a truly gracious lady who never stopped believing in us girls.
I'm not one to review recipes often, but I had to warn people on this one. Do yourself a favor; skip this one and find the authentic America's Test Kitchen version. I *thought* that's what I was getting here based on my Google search result (sneaky addition of that trademark in the text in this recipe).It's been a while since I made an oatmeal cake, so I didn't think anything of the ingredients. Wow. So runny; nearly twice as much liquid as the ATC version, and twice as much flour, too. Cloyingly sweet, and even in the first step where it says "cream butter and sugars until fluffy" isn't possible with this much sugar; it turns to sand. The topping was runny as well, not the awesome chunky consistency that the ATC version has. Very disappointed that I didn't catch this before I made the cake! :(
This cake is amazing. I added a few tweaks. I used pumpkin pie spice and added a cup of grated apples. I also broiled the topping for approximately 5 minutes. I used toasted walnuts instead of pecans, too.
This was excellent cake, everybody loved it. And it stayed so nice and moist for the 3 days it took us to eat it all up. Except for the use of 1/2 cup of an artificail brown sugar blend in place of the cup of brown sugar in the topping, (I ranout of brown sugar) I followed the reciped exactly. I will definitely make this cake again. Next time I'm going to add a couple of teaspoons of instant coffer granules to the oatmeal before adding the boiling water. I think that might give a little bit of coffee taste.
The cake was moist and dense, but there was way too much cinnamon. I used less than 1/2 tsp, but it was still too much. Unless you REALLY love cinnamon, I'd suggest being careful.
Have made this many times, always a favorite. We like the topping as family does not like the traditional frostings, as they are too sweet.
YUMMY, nothing else to say!
this is amazing. i was looking for an cake like this that my grandma use to make for me when i was a little girl. and as i was writing this one down. it just sounds so much just like hers. so i called my mother and asked her and she said it was. but grandma use a little more oatmeal and coconut. so im gonna go with grandma' recipe instead of this one since mom email her recipe. thanks again. lisa in oregon.
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