Oatmeal Spice Cake

Oatmeal Spice Cake

A dark spicy oatmeal cake with a sweet broiled coconut topping


16-24 servings


Spice Cake Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup quick oats
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, softened or melted
1 cup water
2 eggs
2 tablespoons molasses

Coconut Topping Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons light cream or whole milk


1. Measure all cake ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Blend 1/2 minute on low speed, and then for 3 minutes on high.

2. Pour batter into a greased 9 x 13 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool cake slightly.

3. To make coconut topping, melt butter in sauce pan. Add brown sugar and stir over medium heat until sugar is mostly dissolved. Add coconut, pecans, and cream. Spread topping over cake and broil cake for 2-3 minutes, until topping is bubbly and browned.


Oatmeal Spice Cake


Preparation Time: 

30 minutes

Cooking Time: 

35-40 minutes + 3 minutes broiling time

Tammy's Review: 

This oatmeal spice cake was one of my favorite cakes when I was growing up. It's quick and easy to make, and very yummy!! My rating: 10/10


I decided to make this cake for my family today, in honor of Tammy's birthday. ;-) I don't think I let the cake cool long enough before putting on the topping and I let it broil a bit too long (my fault), but otherwise it turned out really good. Very yummy flavor, and I'm guessing that'll be even better tomorrow, like most spice cakes. It'd be perfect served with vanilla ice cream.

Thanks for sharing the recipe, Tammy - and happy birthday again. :-D


I made this for Valentine's day. Although I've always been totally against doing anything special for Valentine's day, last year I had some time on my hands and made some heart-shaped cookies and I liked the idea of just baking something out of the ordinary for my husband who loves it when I bake something sweet for him. So when I saw this recipe I decided it would be this year's Valentine's day special treat. My husband absolutely loved it, so did I, and so did my parents who came over for the week-end just after Valentine's day. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us :)


Somehow I had it in my head that this made a 9 x 9 cake; when I was part-way through the recipe and realized it made a 13 x 9, I was dismayed. How were the two of us going to eat that all up? But guess what... it's gone. And my husband only got two pieces! I had my fair share, but it also attracted a lot of attention from friends and family, who gladly helped (practically begged me) to finish it. The cake part is rather plain for my taste, but the topping makes up for it.


We have a recipe very similar to this one that is a favorite around here, as well as wherever we take it! Leftovers never happen at potlucks, and they don't last long around our house either. =)


My husband is cookoo for coconut! I made this cake as a special treat for Father's Day dessert. Our whole family loved it! It is so moist and flavorful - the nutmeg and molasses really add that extra "something special". : ) I used "real" flaked coconut from the health food store instead of the baking coconut. So the coconut was a little dry in the frosting glaze, so I may need to try the baking coconut instead (any advice on that, Tammy?) Noone noticed that except for me though. : ) Thanks for another winner!


this was my first spice cake from scratch and it was a breeze...and absolutely delicious!! :)

I had no pecans or whole milk, I added a bit extra coconut and 2% milk...it turned out just fine :)

Even my *picky* eaters ate it!! :)


This is a favorite for sure! :) Please see the recipe above for my complete review! :)


A friend of mine gave me this recipe when I was about 11 years old. This has been an ABSOLUTE favourite since then. It is one of the easiest cakes to make and is completey scrumptious. I lost my copy of the recipe a while back and scoured the internet for it but couldn't find it anywhere, THANKS A MILLION for putting this up here. =D


Tammy, I printed this recipe out awhile ago but hadn't made it yet--until tonight. My husband asked for a cake for dessert.. I looked through my files and decided on this cake. I knew it was one of your favorites, and all your recipes have always been delicious plus I had all the ingredients on hand. Very easy and quick to put together and loved the cooked frosting. This cake would be great for company or a potluck. Thanks, Tammy. I love a spice cake and this was wonderful.


I loved this cake. A combination of a breakfast cake and dessert cake. I doubled the topping. When I made the batter it didn't look like it would fit in a 9x13 pan so I put it in a 7x10 and it fit perfectly. This recipe is soooooo easy to make. I love molasses so I did add a little more than called for. This cake keeps for quite a while. Thank you Tammy for another great cake recipe!


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