Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake
1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1 1/3 cup boiling water
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter- room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cups flour (I used 1 cup white ad 1/2 cup of wheat)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup coconut
1/4 cup half and half
6 Tbs. melted butter
Boil the 1 1/3 cup water. Measure the oats in a small bowl. As soon as the water begins to boil, pour all of it over the oats. Stir, and set aside to allow the water to soak in. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars. Add the eggs and mix well until fluffy. Sift all the dry ingredients together. Give the oats mixture another stir. Most of the liquid should be absorbed. Now, pour half of the dry mixture in the mixing bowl. Stir slowly. Add half of the oatmeal. Stir slowly. Now- do that again…dry mixture and then the oats. Mix just until well-combined.
Pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes- until the cake tests done. it is done when a small knife inserted in the middle will not be gooey. The topping needs to be applied to the cake while it is still hot. So, as soon as the cake is taken out of the oven- start working on the topping.
For the topping:
Melt the butter. Add the other topping ingredients and mix until the sugar is dissolved and everything is well-incorporated. Pour all of this over the hot cake, and carefully spread it out so that it covers the whole cake. Turn the broiler of the oven onto high. Make sure the rack inside the oven is at the very top position.
Slide the cake to the top rack. Keep the oven door cracked open so you can keep an eye on the cake.
The broiler is very hot and will burn the cake very quickly. So- keep an eye on it constantly.
As soon as the topping on the cake begins to bubble, give it about 30 seconds- just until the topping is melted and the coconut is starting to brown.