Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cake

This is a NUMMY recipe my family has made for years. It's typically the CAKE I request my mom to make for my birthday. If I choose something else, my husband chooses it for his BIRTHDAY a few weeks later. We love it—the cake is MOIST, the topping is sweet and crunchy, and the combination makes every BITE perfect!

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cake
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup oatmeal
3/4 to 1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon each: baking soda, salt, cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 stick butter
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 cup shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the boiling water and oatmeal, then set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugars, and eggs. Stir in the remaining ingredients along with the oatmeal and spoon batter into a greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Bake for 40 minutes.

Just before cake is done, in a saucepan bring the butter, milk, and brown sugar to a boil for 1 minute. Stir in nuts and coconut. Spread mixture over baked cake and then broil for 1 minute to crisp. Serve with vanilla ice cream for an extra special treat!

TIP: If your family doesn't like coconut nut, leave it out of the topping and add more nuts!

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