Oatmeal Cake with Coconut Frosting

Oatmeal cake with coconut icing recipe.  Easy and delicious!

When I was a little girl, my family attended our small town Baptist church.  We were there every time the doors were open.  My brother and I went to Sunday school and VBS.  I memorized lots of Bible verses, went to Awana, and learned stories via flannel graph (the old kind made out of paper with yellow or green fuzz on the back).

And then there were the potlucks.  They were still called potlucks in those days.  I’ve heard that now they call them pot blessings and carry-ins.  I remember eating this oatmeal cake with crunchy coconut frosting in the church basement. The church basement is also where my brother and I experienced those little BB-shaped silver balls on our sugar cookies for the first time.  I think the walls were painted pink but that doesn’t sound right, does it?  Of course, it was the 1970’s so pink it very well could have been.

Ingredients for Oatmeal Cake with Coconut Frosting. Church food is the best.

I found a recipe for this cake on Pinterest about year ago.  I’ve since adapted it for my tastes.  My mom came for dinner awhile back and I served this cake and told her all about how I remember eating this in the basement at Spencer Baptist Church as a little girl.  She told me that I may have eaten it there, but more than likely I remembered it from all the times my grandma served it.  Let me tell you, whether it is from one of the ladies at the Spencer Baptist Church or from my grandma who went to Chatham Methodist church, this cake is nondenominationally delicious!   I mean, it’s got cooked frosting.  And then you broil it!

Oatmeal Cake with Coconut Frosting. Nondenominationally Delicious!

So that’s my small-town, small-church food memory. Do you have a favorite food you remember from similar get togethers when you were young? Please share them in the comments!

Oatmeal cake with coconut icing recipe.  Easy and delicious!


 Oatmeal Cake with Coconut Frosting

Oatmeal Cake Recipe

1 cup rolled oats (I used old-fashioned.)
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 1/3 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 9×13 pan that is broiler-proof.

Measure oats into a large bowl.  Pour boiling water over oats.  Cut up stick of butter and add to water and oats in bowl.  Let sit until butter melts.

Add flour, brown sugar, white sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla, and eggs to mixture in bowl.  Stir well.

Pour batter into greased 9×13 pan.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

Coconut Frosting Recipe

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup cream or half and half
1 or 2 cups shredded coconut
1 tsp. vanilla
(You can also add 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans to this recipe.  I have never made the frosting with nuts.  Decrease the coconut to 1 cup.)

Melt butter in a pan on the stove.  Add sugar, cream or half and half.  Bring to a boil.  Stirring constantly, cook for about four minutes until the mixture thickens.  Remove from heat and add coconut, nuts (if using), and vanilla.  Stir until coconut is well coated.  Spread frosting over cake.  Place under broiler until coconut is toasted.


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