The Best Oatmeal Cake

Really! The Best Oatmeal Cake ever!! It is just so yummy! The cake has just a hint of cinnamon and the broiled icing has brown sugar, coconut, pecans, and butter – so tasty! 😋

You probably have most of the ingredients you’ll need right in your kitchen – except maybe the coconut and the pecans. (I forgot to add the pecans to the picture. 😐)

You’ll find the full recipe below.

Here’s the cake ready to go into the oven…

Hot out of the oven with the icing spread over the top and ready to go under the broiler…

And here is the Best Oatmeal Cake fresh and hot from the oven! My kitchen smells amazing!! Now comes the hard part…waiting for it to cool! 😉

Here’s the recipe:

The Best Oatmeal Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 by 13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.


  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1-1/4 cups boiling water (mix with oatmeal in a small bowl and set aside while you mix the rest of the cake ingredients)
  • 1-1/3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add sugar, brown sugar, shortening, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well. Add oatmeal mixture. Beat well. Spread in prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Broiled Icing:

  • 1 stick butter or margarine at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 5 tablespoons cream (I have also used almond milk or regular milk as a substitute and the both work well)

Mix all ingredients together and spread over warm cake. Set your oven to broil and place cake under broiler until icing has browned. Watch the cake very closely – the icing browns quickly!

This is my husband’s 2nd favorite cake – you can find his very favorite cake, Angel Food with Homemade Peach Icing, here.



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