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.

Sara Jane’s Oatmeal Cake


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


    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 8×8 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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