Chocolate Oatmeal Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

This Chocolate Oatmeal Cake is to die for!  If you like chocolate, you will love this cake. It’s easy to make and one your family will love. We have loved the Lazy Daisy Oatmeal cake for years and this one is delicious too. Old fashioned recipes are always a winner and there is a reason why they are still around. This cake is perfect to take to a potluck or gathering. You can also make this one in advance.

Chocolate oatmeal cake ingredients needed:


Quick-cooking oats, uncooked

Brown sugar

White sugar



Vanilla extract

All-purpose flour


100% pure cocoa

Baking soda


Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Pecan halves (Could use walnuts)

I have looked at few oatmeal cakes and this one is different than most. It is loaded with chocolate chips and they give this cake a wonderful taste. It actually has a little heavier texture a mix between a brownie and a cake.  It’s absolutely delicious. Since it doesn’t have a frosting, it’s not overly sweet which is nice. It’s a perfect cake to make for any occasion. If you haven’t tried this one.. give it a try!

Recipe feedback: “I got your recipe from Facebook and that’s the one I used. Made it for the family and for a New Year’s party and it disappeared like magic. SOOOO good. Love your site as well. Lots of great recipes here.” – Bill

“Loved it. It is so moist.. and I felt I was eating healthy with oatmeal in it!” – Daisy

Chocolate Oatmeal Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

Chocolate Oatmeal Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks


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Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

Judy Yeager
Easy and Delicious!
4.84 from 12 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Cake
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats uncooked
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter or margarine or 3/4 cup or 12 tablespoons softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons 100% pure cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup pecan halves Could use walnuts


  • Place oats in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside for 10 minutes.  In a mixing bowl using a mixer cream together brown sugar, white sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla extract. Whisk together the flour, salt, cocoa, baking soda and cinnamon.
  • Add the flour to the creamed mixture along with the oats.  Mix well with mixer.  Fold in 1 cup of the chocolate chips and pour batter into a sprayed 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top of the batter along with the nuts.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 35-45 minutes checking for doneness as ovens vary.  This cake does not need frosting. 8-10 Servings
Keyword Chocolat Oatmeal Cake
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  1. Super easy to make & delicious! I like that it is not to sweet – great recipe!5 stars

  2. Hi! I was wondering if I could make this in two smaller pans. I want to keep one and give one to a friend. Could you tell me what size pan and how long to cook? Thank you.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I’ve only made this cake in a 9X13 so I can’t advise. Good luck!

  3. says:

    Can this cake be frozen?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I have not tried freezing it Lisa but I see no reason why it couldn’t be frozen.

  4. I made your chocolate oatmeal cake tonight,,it was very good,I used old fashion oats it’s what I had.turned out great, hubby and daughter loved it,I did to, thanks

  5. says:

    Light or dark brown sugar?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      You could use either one.

  6. I got your recipe from Facebook and that’s the one I used. Made it for the family and for a New Year’s party and it disappeared like magic. SOOOO good. Love your site as well. Lots of great recipes here.5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      So happy you are enjoying this cake, Bill. Thank you for being a part of the site and trying my recipes.

  7. Was delighted to see this cake. A best friend of mine, now deceased, always talked about an oatmeal cake made with cooked oatmeal. This sounds like it fills the bill. Can’t wait to try it. Second thing is wow it’s also chocolate. Thanks for the post.

  8. Daisy aparrado says:

    Loved it. It is so moist.. And I. Felt I was eating healthy with oatmeal in it.,

  9. do you drain the oats before adding?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      No, they will soak up the water.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      The ones you put in the cake will melt. The ones on top only partially.

  10. Gracious me! I LOVE oatmeal cake, but have never tried a chocolate version. If you say it’s wonderful, I know it must be. Thanks for sharing. Happy 2014 to you and yours!

  11. socorro cascabel says:

    im wanna try this oatmeal cake

  12. Will rolled oatmeal do. Never buy quick oatmeal.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I only make it with the quick cooking oatmeal.

    2. Linda Yes you can use the regular rolled oats, just leave them in the hot water for 20 minutes. I use them all the time in a oatmeal cake, turns out great. But I will be trying this chocolate version.