Friday, August 7, 2009

Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

I discovered this recipe when I was in college - it is the perfect comfort food. It will make you feel cozy and warm with just one bite. I've tweaked it over the years to make it a bit softer, more chocolaty, and more delicate - sublime.

Chocolate Oatmeal Cake
adapted from

1 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup butter
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
A pinch of cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease well a 8x8 inch square baking pan.

In a large bowl, mix together the rolled oats, butter, and boiling water. Set aside to cool.

Beat together the brown sugar, eggs and vanilla; add to cooled oat mixture, mixing until completely combined.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cocoa, and cinnamon. Add to wet ingredients and mix well. Pour the batter into your prepared pan.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.


Kristen said...

That does look like lovely comfort on a plate.

Patty said...

This sounds like such a great recipe and easy too! I can't wait to try it.

Becca said...

mmm -- looks delish! Do you frost it, or just leave it as is?

Ellie said...

It's actually so moist that I usually just eat it as is, but a coffee frosting or a chocolate frosting - even a cream cheese frosting - would probably be amazing!

Finsmom said...

I really like the oatmeal addition here :)

The Cooking Photographer said...

Oh me oh my this is a keeper!! How could I not keep a recipe you've loved since college?

Thanks Ellie!

Family American Style. said...

That looks so good.

Jessica Segarra said...

This looks delicious! I love how thick and moist it looks! I am definitely going to have to try making this soon!

The Diva on a Diet said...

I am SO making this ... as soon as the heat wave breaks!

Punkie Pie's Place said...

I made this tonight - yum!

Punkie Pie's Place said...

I made this tonight - yum!


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