What Cake, Ma

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Megan Stewart


Oh, yum. Yup, yum. Deserves a second yum, that's for sure. This one is Ma's from her recipe box we found in NC in July 2019. She had some good cake recipes because she made them for Pa weekly.


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  • 1 c
    quick cooking rolled oats, uncooked
  • 1/2 c
    butter (1 stick), cut in chunks
  • 1 1/2 c
    boiling water
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2
    eggs, beaten
  • 1 c
    minus 2 t sugar
  • 1 c
    firmly packed brown sugar

  • 3/4 c
    firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 6 Tbsp
    butter (3/4 stick)
  • 1/2 c
    chopped pecans
  • 1 c
    flaked coconut

How to Make What Cake, Ma


  1. Put oats and butter in bowl. Pour boiling water over, stir until butter is melted. Sift flour, soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to oats mixture, mix well. Add sugars, then eggs, mix thoroughly. Pour into greased 9x3. Bake at 375 degrees about 25 min or until done.
  2. While cake is baking, prepare topping. Combine brown sugar, milk and butter in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; boil 1 min. Remove from heat. Blend in pecans and coconut. Spread topping on warm cake in pan. Place under broiler just long enough to slightly brown topping. Watch carefully to prevent burning.

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About What Cake, Ma

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: American

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