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Oatmeal Chocolate Cake

I've had this recipe a long time. It's one of my family's favorite desserts, and I still make it often.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. + standing Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    12-15 servings


  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 6 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, combine the oats and boiling water. Let stand for 15 minutes or until cooled.
  • In another large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the oat mixture; mix well. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Combine the topping ingredients; spoon over top of warm cake; broil about 4 in. from heat for 3-4 minutes, or until top is lightly browned.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 405 calories, 22g fat (12g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 376mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.
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  • Djbyrd2
    Feb 16, 2017

    This cake is very good. Moist and easy to make. My husband doesn't like chocolate cake but he sure enjoyed this one!

  • Loiscooks
    Jan 1, 2015

    Delicious! The 13 x 9-inch cake would have been too much for us, so I made a half recipe (8 x 8 inch pan). The cake was excellent. The topping was a little too brown, so be careful to watch it closely. I believe it was my oven, as I had it under the broiler for only two minutes. The cake was still excellent. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for such a good cake recipe!

  • kcsings2much
    Jan 27, 2014

    I have made this recipe for years and it's always been a big hit. Family favorite and so easy. Usually have all the ingredients on hand.