I don't remember who gave me this recipe, but I've had it for a long, long time. This homey, moist, and delicious cake is well worth the time to bake it from scratch.
Add 1 1/2 cup boiling water.
Combine the oatmeal and boiling water. Set aside for 20 minutes to cool.
Meanwhile, cream well:
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter
Add 2 eggs to sugars and butter, beat well.
Add the cooled oatmeal mixture and stir.
Next add in:
1 1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
(You may add nuts or raisins to the batter, if you prefer.)
Bake at 350 degrees in a greased and floured cake pans. For the cake pictured above, I used an 8 inch diameter pan, which took 70 minutes in my oven. However, using two layer pans will take less time--35 to 45 minutes.
The cake above was served it with cream cheese frosting, but you can simply sprinkle it with powdered sugar or whipped cream. This past weekend, I made the cake again and put raspberry jam between the layers and gave each slice a spritz of whipped cream.
It's quite nice unadorned, too. I've never really been fond of super sweet icing. When I was young, the other kids in school would lick off the icing and leave the cupcake. I was the kid who scraped off the icing and ate the cupcake. What can I say? I've always been a little different. :-)
Are you the kid who licked off the icing and left the cupcake behind?