Sexier Than It Sounds: Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut
Recipe Review

Sexier Than It Sounds: Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut
Recipe Review

Faith Durand
Aug 24, 2009

This is one of our very, very, most very favorite cakes. And yet the photos don't quite do it justice. This is a moist, tender cake with a gooey topping of broiled coconut and sugar, and while "oatmeal cake" really doesn't sound sexy, let us assure you: it most definitely is.

The first time I tried this cake I wasn't expecting anything much. A friend made it for her sister's birthday, as it was their traditional family birthday cake. I love oatmeal, of course, but oatmeal cake? Eh. Sounded a little too non-indulgent for my birthday tastes.

And then I tried it, and... wow! It was moist and delicious inside, with rich spices and buttery goodness, and a creamy, gooey topping of broiled coconut and sugar. Heaven!

I tracked down the recipe, which is in a cookbook I actually grew up with (More-With-Less). It's an easy cake: just a few ingredients. It bakes up in large quantities quite easily; this is perhaps my favorite cake to make for a crowd. And then there's that deliciously gooey broiled topping — it's different and yet oh so good. It's similar to German chocolate cake, and some people think that's what this is, when they try it. But there's no chocolate — just plenty of brown sugar and cinnamon.

So don't let this cake's humble name and even more humble appearance fool you. It's hiding so much flavor, and it's a bomb of a crowd-pleaser.

• Get the recipe: Oatmeal Cake - This recipe is the closest to the version I have made. But it does have a couple of differences. I add an extra 1/2 cup of white sugar (for a total of two cups - 1 cup brown, and 1 cup white) and I also add a full teaspoon of baking powder in addition to the soda.

Related: Recipe Review: Ina Garten's Lemon Cake

(Images: Faith Durand)

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