How to make Lazy Day Oatmeal Cake

This is my husband’s favorite “birthday cake”. I got the recipe from his mother when we got married and have enjoyed making it at other times when I want something quick and sweet. It is the easiest cake I have ever made from scratch and is a crowd pleaser at the office or any other get together.

You know we’ve got an insatiable sweet tooth and love mixing up new cakes and confections as a solution to our cravings. While most of our cakes start with the standard base of flour, baking soda and salt, along with some combo of butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla, this lazy day oatmeal cake is a little different…. Rolled oats that have been left to soak in boiling water act as a supplement to the flour, adding a dense, nutritious element that makes our cake perfectly chewy and delicious.

Baked this for our church tea, only used 1/2 the sugar and used Oatmilk instead of Cream or Normal milk in the topping, It was a hit and loved by everyone, including the children.

You start to assemble this cake as you would any other, but when the time comes, you fold in the oats (which have absorbed the water and softened nicely) and transfer your batter to the baking dish. While the cake bakes, you mix up the icing – butter, brown sugar, heavy cream and coconut – then pour it over the baked cake and broil it until golden brown. You want to be careful when it’s broiling to make sure it doesn’t burn, but if you get it right, this icing adds so much flavor and texture to the cake; it’s the perfect complement!

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We should warn you: sometimes this cake comes out nice and flat, and sometimes…it comes out pretty wonky-looking with a nice dome in the middle of it. If perfection is your thing, you can level the cake before adding the icing, but if you’re fine with a more rustic look, go ahead and keep it as is (which is clearly what we did, since we love this cake for its flavor and didn’t want to waste any of it)! There’s no wrong way to go about this, so long as you try it.

Made a vegan version of this. I used 2/3 cup applesauce instead of the eggs, margarine instead of butter and soy milk in place of the cream.
It turned out moist and delicious!!


1 cup rolled oats
1 1/4 cups boiling water
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
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