I just made it to Utah where I’m spending some time with my sister and her brand new baby! He’s the sweetest, tiniest little thing and I’m soaking up every second I can! I’m going to try my best to pamper my sister with cleaning, rocking baby while she naps, and cooking up a storm for their family. I think new moms get sick of the same old pasta and casserole meals, so I think I’ll make her some Lemon Pesto Pasta, Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Teriyaki Bowls, and possibly these Chili Lime Chicken Wraps with Mango Avocado Salsa.
Those meals will make my sister happy while she recovers. But I know what will make my brother-in-law VERY happy: Grandma’s Oatmeal Cake. Some of my absolute favorite recipes came from my Grandma (of course! You can see a few listed below.) My mom made this cake a few weeks ago for my brother-in-law and he proclaimed it’s his new favorite. It’s dang good. My favorite part is the coconut/almond topping that’s toasted on top. Holy cow this cake is fantastic. And it tastes just as good the next day, if you ever want to make it ahead of time for a party.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 1 1/2 cups boiling water
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 Tbsp butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup nuts
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13'' pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Add the oatmeal and butter to a bowl and pour the boiling water on top. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl combine the eggs, brown sugar, and white sugar and beat well.
- In a separate bowl sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt. Add to the bowl with eggs and sugars and stir to combine. Add the oatmeal mixture and stir to combine. Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
- While the cake is baking, make the topping by combining all the ingredients in a bowl.
- Remove the cake from the oven and turn the oven to high broil. Spread the topping evenly over the warm cake and place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes or until the coconut is golden brown.
- This cake is very "portable" --great for bringing to parties etc. and can be made a day or two in advance.
Try my other favorite recipes from my Grandma: