Oatmeal Cake

This oatmeal cake is similar to one that I have already posted but it is a richer version and perfect for a family picnic, BBQ, or potluck party. I like to make cakes that I can bake in a 9 x 13 inch pan and then cut pieces easily as guests are ready for dessert. This cake is also easy to transport to a party.

1 ½ cups boiling water
1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)
½ cup shortening or butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup raisins (optional)

Pour boiling water over oatmeal and let stand while creaming together shortening, sugars, and eggs.

Mix together the flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Add flour mixture and oatmeal mixture together and add raisins if desired.

Pour into a 9” x 13” greased baking pan that will be able to go under the broiler later. Bake for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Check for doneness with a toothpick or cake tester. Take the cake from the oven and spread with icing. Place cake under broiler until icing bubbles. Watch carefully.

Icing:

¾ cup butter
¼ cup milk
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cook butter, milk and brown sugar for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the coconut, nuts and vanilla to the mixture. Add nuts, coconut, and vanilla to the boiled mixture above. Spread icing over hot cake.

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