Hello Cake Lovers– A couple weeks ago our Lit Group went to a newish place in town for dinner and a lot of book talk. It was “Sue Ann’s Kitchen” and you’d think you had stepped right back into the 1950’s– decorated mid century kitchen “artifacts” including a vintage double oven built in to the wall and a line up of old wooden rolling pins above a doorway. The menu featured meat loaf and homemade apple sauce and cakes, lot of cakes.
So when I saw this recipe later with this thoroughly 1950’s title– I couldn’t wait for a little more cake nostalgia. It tastes like something I remember eating when I was ten. If you like good old fashioned cake–this might be just what you’re looking for…
LAZY DAY OATMEAL CAKE
1 cup oats
1 1/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tab. milk or cream
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts
Put the oats in a heat proof bowl and cover them with the boiling water. Let the whole thing sit for 20 minutes. Then mix in the oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla. And next, stir in the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
Scrape the batter into a 9″ square or round baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray and pop it all into the oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Until the cake is firm to the touch.
While that’s baking mash together the butter, brown sugar and milk with a fork. Then work in the coconut and nuts til it’s all bended.
Spread the topping over the cake warm from the oven and then put it under the broiler on the lower rack fro just 3 or 4 minutes until it just starts to toast the coconut. Keep your eye on it–so easy to burn!