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Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut-Pecan Topping

Course Cakes, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword oatmeal-cake-broiled-frosting, oatmeal-cake-recipe
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cooling time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 16 pieces
Calories 453kcal
Author Melissa Sperka


  • Cake:
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Broiled Topping:
  • 2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 ½ cup roughly chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 3 tablespoon evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spritz a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Mix together the oats and hot water. Set aside for 15 minutes to allow the oats to soften and cool.
  • Meanwhile, sift together all purpose flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.
  • Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, evaporated milk, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla.
  • Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
  • Add the cooled oats and dry ingredients to the creamed butter. Continue to beat with a mixer just until fully combined. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Spread into the prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes back with moist crumbs.
  • To make the Topping: Melt butter in a medium size microwave safe bowl.
  • Add the remaining topping ingredients mixing until fully combined.
  • Spread the topping evenly onto the cake immediately after it's removed from the oven. Increase the oven setting to broil moving the rack to the upper third of the oven.
  • Broil for 3-5 minutes until the topping has melted and is bubbly. Do not walk away the topping can burn easily if left unattended.
  • Cool to warm or serve at room temperature.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 414IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg