Torrey Moseley Recipe

Grammy's Oatmeal Spice Cake

By Torrey Moseley Torrey

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Torrey's Story

Growing up, this was my favorite cake. It is my grandmother, Zelda's recipe. I LOVE the frosting. It's basically the same type of frosting you'd use on a German chocolate cake. The cake is moist and dense--almost on the verge of being a sweet bread. The frosting, well, I can eat it with a spoon and be happy.


cup rolled oats (dry oatmeal)
1 1/2
cups boiling water
cup white sugar
cup dark brown sugar (or light brown sugar with 2 tbs molasses mixed in)
cup (1 stick) butter
2 large
1 1/3
cups flour
1 Tbsp
cinnamon, ground
1 tsp
baking soda
1/2 tsp
1 1/2
cups (3 sticks) butter
cup evaporated milk (pet milk)-- not sweetened condensed milk
cup dark brown sugar (or light brown sugar with 2 tbs molasses mixed in)
1 1/2 to 2
cups shredded coconut
1 1/2 to 2
cups chopped pecans (or walnuts if you prefer)

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 dF.
In bowl, pour boiling water over oats, butter, brown and white sugar. Stir well. Let cool.
In separate bowl, whisk together remaining dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon). NOTE** For high altitude (above 3500 ft) add 2 additional tsp. flour.
When oatmeal mixture is cool, add eggs and dry ingredients. Stir well.
Pour batter into prepared 9 x 13 pan or round cake pans. Bake at 350 dF for about 30-50 minutes (depending on pan) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Let cake cool and frost with German-Style Frosting.
For Frosting:
1. Combine milk, brown sugar and butter in heavy pan.
2. Bring to good, rolling boil then remove from heat.
3. Stir in coconut and chopped nuts. Spread on cake while frosting is still warm, otherwise it will set up to the point you can't spread it.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Hashtags: #oatmeal, #spice

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Mary Ann Armstrong MaryAnn8
Jul 27, 2013
My grandmother used to make a cake using cooked oatmeal. This is the first time I've seen a recipe that calls for softening the oatmeal first and I'll bet it is similar to the cake she used to make. -- Can't wait to try it out!
Maria * WWCook1
Nov 17, 2012
Another wonderful cake made from scratch. Can hardly wait to get a few ingredients and make it. Thanks for sharing.
Torrey Moseley Torrey
Aug 26, 2011
Carol, isn't it just wonderful when you find "lost" recipes that you love??? I've found a couple on this site that I've been searching for. True serendipity!!!
Carol Gleason CaterCarol
Aug 26, 2011
YOU DID IT AGAIN! My sister-in-law (who is originally from Odessa) taught me to make this cake over 20 years ago and the recipe was lost in a move. I have seen some other oatmeal cakes with pecan frosting, but this is THE ONE!
mary ann nichols maryann521
Jul 31, 2011
thanks torrey, i thought that it might be 1 stick and that is what i used. i baked it for our weekly dinner at mom's today. it was a success. it is delicous. my sister and i were saying how it would make great muffins and adding raisins or apples to it...mmmmmm.