Grandma Nancy's Oatmeal Cake

"My Grandma used to bake this cake, only to have the whole thing disappear. She finally found out my Grandpa was taking it to his shop and hiding it in a drawer to snack on as he worked. It looks complicated, but it isnt, and the flavor is worth it. Every time I eat it I think of my grandparents and smile!"
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Ready In:
1hr 40mins




  • Pour hot water over oatmeal; set aside.
  • Cream together sugars and shortening, then add eggs.
  • Sift together dry ingredients and add to the wet.
  • Stir in oatmeal and vanilla.
  • Pour into greased 9 x 13 cake pan and bake for 1 hr and 10 minutes at 350° and then top with topping.
  • Topping: Combine butter, milk and sugar in a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and continue to boil 1 minutes and add coconut, nuts and oatmeal.
  • Spread on cake and broil until brown (WATCH CAREFULLY IT WILL BURN FAST).

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  1. My mom and dad loved this cake. It is very sweey though. The oatmeal gives it a hearty taste and its soooooo good! thanx so much!
  2. This is a wonderful recipe! It is extremely sweet though. That's why my father liked it so much. He said it was the best cake he's ever had. I thought that was quite a compliment!! When I make it again I won't bake it quite as long, probably could have taken it out at an hour or maybe less. Wasn't sure if I should add the coconut and nuts to the topping mix after cooking it for the minute or before? I added after and it turned out fine. Thanks for posting, I'm adding this to my permanent recipe box!
  3. Very moist and very rich; my family really liked it, even though a very small square is sufficient. Great recipe!


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