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.
2In bowl, pour boiling water over oats, butter, brown and white sugar. Stir well. Let cool.
3In separate bowl, whisk together remaining dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon). NOTE** For high altitude (above 3500 ft) add 2 additional tsp. flour.
4When oatmeal mixture is cool, add eggs and dry ingredients. Stir well.
5Pour 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.
6Let cake cool and frost with German-Style 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.