Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

This cake recipe was given to me in 1967 when I was a brand new bride by a neighbor, Ethelda Wagner. What a dear woman she was. And her cake is fantastic!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pour boiling water over oatmeal.
  2. Set aside to cool.
  3. Cream sugars and butter.
  4. Add: oatmeal, flour,soda,cinnamon, eggs, vanilla.
  5. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes in a greased and floured 9x13 pan.
  6. Make icing.
  7. Mix all icing ingredients,and spread on hot cake.
  8. Put under broiler for a few minutes til bubbly.


Most Helpful

A very good cake, and my family loves oatmeal, so this is exactly what we were looking for. I cut the sugar by about 1/3 of a cup, based on the reviews, and we didn't miss it at all. It all disappeared within hours!

mymankant November 01, 2009

I made a few changes though so take my rating for what it's worth :) I used all whole wheat flour instead of white flour, and applesauce instead of butter. I only used about 3/4 cup brown sugar and no white sugar and the cake was plenty sweet, especially with the icing (which I cut down to 1/2 a cup of sugar) I added a cup of raisins and 2 small diced apples. I also added 1/2 tsp each of allspice, cloves and nutmeg. This was an incredibly yummy, healthy dessert that I didn't mind giving to the kids. (usually I save my desserts till after they're asleep ;) ) It stayed moist and fresh for the whole 3 days it was in the house.

Kapihopela November 03, 2008

Is there a 6 star rating? I experiment with gluten free cooking (mainly because I have an excess of peanut powder from food science experiment, but also because I have several gluten intolerant relatives and coworkers). I switched out regular oatmeal for the gluten free type and dropped the flour for my peanut powder, but made no other modifications. The best gluten free item I have ever made. My 4, 6, and 8 year old boys devoured it for breakfast. Hats off to Lady Ethelda Wagner!

Ryan H. May 22, 2016

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