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LAZY DAISY OATMEAL CAKE

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This cake has been around a long time and has always been a favorite of my family.  I took this cake to functions at work, reunions and family gatherings for years and never brought any home with me.

Cake:
2 1/2 cups boiling water
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
2 cups brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsps. soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsps. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Pour boiling water over oats, cover and let stand for 20 minutes. Beat butter until creamy; slowly add sugars; beat until fluffy. Blend in vanilla and eggs. Add oats mixture and mix well.
Add flour, soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well. Pour into a sprayed 9 x 13 inch cake pan and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Let cool.

Note:  The last time I made this cake I cut the brown sugar from 2 cups to 1 in the cake. I could not tell the difference.

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Frosting: 1 cup melted butter or margarine
2 cups brown sugar
6 tablespoons half and half or can use evaporated milk
1 cup chopped or broken walnuts (can use pecans)
3 cups shredded or flaked coconut

For frosting, mix all ingredients together, spread over cake. Place cake under broiler in oven until frosting becomes bubbly. Serve cake warm or cold.

The picture does not do this cake justice.  Everyone that tries this cake, loves it.  Enjoy!

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48 Responses

  1. I get so many requestss to make this cake when we are having pot-lucks at work. Fabulous recipe. Thanks for sharing

  2. Another great recipe. Thanks so much.

  3. I have baked this cake and it is wonderful

  4. want to make this, but 2 cups of brown sugar and 2 cups of white sugar sounds a little sweet, plus more in the icing ? Is that correct ?

  5. Hi
    This looks lovely, but I think I have some terminology problems (in uk) 2 tsps soda? Could you explain please as this cake looks amazing x

  6. This was my mother’s “go to” recipe whenever she needed a cake for a bake sale or the church pot luck and we all loved it. About 40 years ago, we moved and a few years later, when the ladies of the church decided to write a cookbook, someone said “You know, we really need to include Nita’s Oatmeal cake, even if she doesn’t live here any more. By this time, my mom had passed away, but her best friend had the recipe so it was included. My sisters and I are still making the cake and still loving it just as much as we did 50 years ago.

  7. Made this cake for years.little different recipe.started making muffins with it doesn’t last very long .family loves it.

  8. I too have made this cake for over 30 years. However, my family likes less cake, more icing, so I bake it in a larger pan which makes it much thinner, so I adjust the cooking time and double the icing.

  9. Moist and yummy!

  10. I am going to make this cake for our church meeting on Thursday. Am I correct in reading that you can use quick or old fashioned oats? Thanks in advance. Joan

  11. Soda….baking soda or regular pop? Sorry if that is a stupid ?

  12. Do I have to let the cake cool to put the icing on? Thanks.

  13. My step grandmother always made this cake @ Christmas. I’ve been making it for over 30 years. It’s one of those ultimate “comfort” desserts.

  14. You brought a smile to my face, I’ve made this cake for nearly 40 years. It never ceases to amaze me how people like it! We just called it Oatmeal Cake and I melt the butter with the water & oats, it doesn’t effect the end result, just speeds up the process. Also you can use quick or old fashion oats, same amount of either. It’s great on a busy day, I use to cook for the farm hands & I’d get a request for this at least once a week. I use to have to make it as birthday cake for my two sons & three of their friends. Thanks for bringing back great memories.

  15. This is my favorite cake, I have been eating it for over 35 years. In fact I just had a piece a few minutes ago! :)
    It freezes well too!

  16. My mama and I love your site. We can’t wait to try the cake. We live reading the comments because we get so tickled at some of the questions you get asked. :)

    • Thank you Jen. I know exactly what you mean about the questions. It never ceases to amaze me when people change the recipe and then get upset when it does not work for them. Not every recipe is going to work for everyone and not everyone is going to like every recipe. I just post them. lol

  17. Loooove this recipe.. I used to make this when my boys were young, (back in the good ole days) Sure does bring back good memories.. Actually, have been looking for this recipe, also.looking for another one, from that same time period.. the Fruit Cocktail Cake.. Do you have that one? Annnd, I cannot make it work, to print this one out….

  18. Thank you so much its lovely. For frosting I feel one ingredient is missing u mentioned 6 table spoons half and hafl or can use evaporated milk … what is it pls. Thank you.

    • Nothing is missing. It means you can use either half and half or evaporated milk either one. Not both.

  19. The coconut, sweet or unsweet?

  20. Been making this cake for years. It’s a family favorite here. I make it in 2 layers.

  21. was the brown sugar cut from the cake or frostiing

  22. how would you measure old fashion oats for this cake?

  23. Can you leave out the coconut in icing?

  24. My mom used to make this cake. I think it was the only one she made “from scratch”. I always liked this cake, but haven’t had it in years. I’m going to make this soon. Amazing how many memories one cake can evoke!

  25. One of my closest friends used to make this cake for me. It became my birthday cake. I know the recipe as Hurricane Oatmeal Cake. My friend has been in Heaven for two and half years. Another friend made it for me this past year, wasn’t the same and it brought back so many sweet memories. And, it hurt too. If this cake lasts, the longer it does it becomes even more moist! Amazing recipe that everyone must try!

  26. My Mother also used to make this recipe. But I have embellished it to my liking. I use Orange juice and heat it instead of water to soak the oats. Sometimes I use steel cut. I also have taken 1 apple and diced it up and added golden raisins. The topping remains the same. I brought this to a birthday party that they had already purchased a store bought cake and mine was warm still and the pan was empty in 10 minutes upon arrival. Sorry to say the store bought still sat there with the sugary royal icing and bland cake. This is great for potlucks because you can take it strainght from the oven and go. Sure to please…….

  27. this cake is sooo good. A lady at our Gem show made this and gave my the recipe..She said it was a very old recipe..If you haven’t made it, you must , it is so delicious !!!

  28. I have been looking for this recipe for years ! Thank you so much for posting, I just need a frosting that doesn’t have coconut ….. Do you have 1 ?

  29. This sounds like a great cake and fairly easy to make. Thanks for sharing it. Cheers Mr.CBB

  30. My mother has been making this cake for at lease 45 years. It is the most requested cake for birthdays even today!

  31. it all sounded great till the coconut bit, any ideas what i can have instead as i cant eat coconut but would love to try this recipe out.

  32. This is an old family recipe for me as well. We call it Mrs. Schlictemyers Oatmeal cake, as that is the lady that my Mom got the recipe from when she was a young Mother. :)

  33. I’ve been making this cake since back in the early 70′s and I never get tired of it.

  34. This is very close to my grandma’s cake, one of those flash back memories at first taste. Made my dad smile remembering!! Thanks.

    • Funny thing…I found Grandma’s recipe…made it the other day …its not the cake I remember. I think she made a white cake mix and put the icing on….anyways its dad’s birthday next week and I asked him what kind of cake he wanted. …he said that one with the coconut icing on it…..so he get the memories of Grandma with the icing and your delicious cake. Win win in my books.

  35. Love this Oatmeal Cake.
    It was my favorite of my mama’s recipes, and she would always make this for my Birthday, rather than more traditional Birthday Cakes.
    I make it myself at least a few times per year, but it will never be as good as mama’s

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