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Sara Jane's Oatmeal Cake Recipe

Sara Jane's Oatmeal Cake

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"This is the BEST CAKE I have ever eaten! A moist cake made with oats, and lightly spiced with nutmeg is topped with a broiled coconut icing. Not too sweet, not too dry, just amazing."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 8 inch square cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. In a small bowl, stir oats into boiling water. Set aside to soak for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8x8 inch baking pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the white sugar, 1 cup brown sugar and shortening until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Sift in the flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; stir just until moistened. Mix in the soaked oats. Pour into the prepared pan, and spread evenly.
  4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Turn the oven to the broil setting and let it heat up.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, heavy cream, coconut and vanilla. Spread over the top of the cake. Broil for a few minutes, just until the coconut is lightly browned.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 06, 2006

This cake IS very good, but I'm only giving it 4 stars because the directions are wrong. I checked my cake @ 30 min. (because I never want to overcook anything) and it was pretty far away from being done. Checked it at 35 (like recipe says) still runny, 40 min still not done. I finally took it out after 43 minutes because I hate anything overdone. I wish I'd left it in another five minutes because the middle still wasn't cooked. But the rest of the cake was and with the topping it is delicious!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 14, 2009

Cake was very dense but enjoyable, topping was more like a thin macaroon than a frosting? We all liked it, all ate it - but it was a bit odd.

May 01, 2004

This IS yummy. I cut way back on the sugar, though, - 1/2 cup white and 1/2 cup brown. And I added cinnamon to the batter and baked it in a 9 x 13 pan for about 45 minutes. Some chopped nuts added to the topping were the finishing touch. Mmmm.

Apr 30, 2004

yum yum yum !! I did try variuos adaptations also only improved it. Like using a fruit juice like pineapple,apple etc. Instead of all the boiled water. Enjoy it !!!! I do.

Jun 01, 2008

Delicious. Just cook the topping on top of the stove first, it will thicken up then spread and broil.

Jan 06, 2005

Excellent cake. Mine also took closer to 50 minutes to bake. I added about 1/4 tsp of cinnamon in addition to the nutmeg. Very easy and very yummy!

May 03, 2004

This is close to the old Quaker Oats "Sunshine" Cake...which uses 1 C boiling H2O to 1 C Quick Oats, 1 t cinnamon and 1 1/3 C flour with the broiled icing! Alway been a favorite staple at our house from kids thru Grandkids!

Apr 30, 2004

Great tasting cake, with a caramel flavour. I had to cook mine 10 min extra. Used desicated coconut for topping, but found the topping a little greasy. Next time I'll try the flaked coconut, or use less butter.


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  • Calories
  • 434 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 61.6 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 50 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 20 g
  • 31%
  • Fiber
  • 2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 4.1 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 266 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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