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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake

I first started making this cake when my husband was stationed with the military in California. Now, 20 years later, I've prepared it all across the country and in Germany. Chocolate lovers especially rave about this recipe!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts


  • In a bowl, pour water over oatmeal. Allow to stand 10 minutes. Add sugars and butter, stirring until the butter melts. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Sift flour, soda, cocoa and salt together. Add to batter. Mix well. Stir in half the chocolate chips. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle top of cake with walnuts and remaining chips. Bake at 350° for about 40 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 494 calories, 22g fat (11g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 258mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.
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  • fpkruse
    Apr 22, 2010

    I have made this recipe for 40 years - it is so moist, keeps well, simple.

  • fatma9
    Dec 15, 2009

    Ithink it is delecious

  • MyrnaAndrews
    Aug 3, 2009

    I've made this cake for over 30 years now. It is still a favorite in our family. It is always a hit at potlucks.An eastern Colorado mom

  • #1rodeo mom
    Apr 29, 2009

    I received this recipe from my neighbor twelve years ago its a favorite. Always requested for birthdays.