Friday, August 7, 2015



I just did a little research and found a form of this recipe on Pillsbury, but we ate it through our growing up days, thinking it was our own. :)


1 1/2 c. boiling water

1 c. brown sugar

1 c. white sugar

1/2 c. shortening

1 c. oatmeal

2 eggs

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 1/2 c. flour

1/2 tsp. salt


Topping: (I usually 1 1/2 times this part)

1/2 c. butter, melted

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. cream or evaporated milk

1 c. chopped walnuts

1 c. coconut

1 tsp. vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix together sugars, shortening and eggs.  In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Pour boiling water over oatmeal in a separate bowl and let stand for 10 minutes.  Add flour mixture to sugar mixture and mix until combined.  Add oatmeal and mix until combined.  Pour into a greased 13" x 9" cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.


Let the cake cool, and then prepare the topping: Stir all ingredients together in a sauce pan over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture is well-combined.  Pour over cake and spread evenly.  Put cake under a broiler and broil until coconut is brown, but not burned.  I set the timer for one minute and keep checking it so it doesn't burn.  The broiling is crucial and lends a wonderful flavor

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