Chocolate Oatmeal Cake Recipe
The Comfort of Chocolate and Oatmeal Combined
As you probably already know, oatmeal is good for more than a warm breakfast. It is a great addition to loafs, cookies, muffins and cakes. One of our family's favorite recipes comes from my mother-in-law and was given to me during my wedding shower because it was one of my husband's favorites growing up.
My husband is not what I would call a big chocolate fan (unlike me -- huge fan) so it has always surprised me how much he likes this cake.
This lens follows me through the steps of making a chocolate oatmeal cake. Over the years I have developed a few variations which I will share with you too.
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Glass of milk with that?
How to Make a Chocolate Oatmeal CakeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Not All Pans are Created Equal
I like to bake my cakes in a glass pan either by Pyrex or Anchor. Preferably the ones that come with their own plastic storage lid. Once the cake cools the lid goes on and it easily slips into the bottom shelf of fridge for easy storage and access. These pans clean easily and I do not have to worry about them getting scratched from utensils or dirtying another plate to display cake on.
Finishing Off the DirectionsClick thumbnail to view full-size
We grew up with Quaker oatmeal as a staple in the house and over the years I found myself to be a bit snobbish when it came to other brands of stove top oatmeal. These days, oatmeal is still a staple in my house but I buy whatever is on hand at the bulk food store which is mostly nameless. Whatever brand you choose make sure it is the rolled or quick cooking oatmeal (not the instant) which still has some body to it but cooks when soaked.
- 1/2 cup dry oatmeal
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/3 cup margarine
- 4 tablespoons of cocoa
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Put the 1/2 cup oatmeal in a large bowl and pour 1 cup of boiling water over it (I prefer the kettle over the microwave to heat the water). Give a quick stir with a wooden spoon and set aside while you prepare the other ingredients.
- While the oatmeal is still hot I add the 1/3 cup of margarine and the cocoa, stirring until the margarine has melted. Add the 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar. Move the bowl from the hot spot on the counter where you have been working and stir in the brown sugar. Add vanilla, stir and set aside.
- In a small bowl add 1 cup of flour and a teaspoon of baking powder and baking soda. You can give it a light mix with a whisk to blend but there is no need to sift.
- Spray an 8" x 8" glass baking pan with cooking spray (8" x 11" and 9" x 9" also work).
- Stir the chocolate mixture again, when it is only slightly warm to touch add the eggs (adding the eggs when the mixture is too hot will start to poach them). Stir the eggs until blended. Add flour mixture and stir only until blended. Pour into baking dish, scraping sides with spatula. Tap dish on counter once or twice to release air bubbles.
- Bake in center of pre-heated 350 F degree oven for approximately 35 minutes. I usually have to cook five or ten minutes longer in winter.
- Lovely served warm or cold from the fridge.
What Do You Like to Drink with Your Cake?
What Do You Like to Drink with Your Cake?
Whether you want to add a little or take some away. Here are a few of my favorite variations for this recipe for when you are in the mood to change things up.
Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal Cake: Once cake batter has been added to 9" x 9" baking dish pour dollops of cherry pie filling on top before putting in oven. You may have to extend baking time by ten to fifteen minutes.
Spicy Oatmeal Cake: Leave out cocoa. Mix into dry ingredients: 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon allspice, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon.
Banana Oatmeal Cake: Leave out cocoa (or leave in) reduce margarine to 1/4 cup, reduce sugar to 1 cup, add 2 mashed ripe bananas to wet mixture. You may have to adjust baking time by ten minutes.
Did You Know?
January is National Oatmeal month.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you will give this recipe a try. Before you go please say hi or leave some warm fuzzies to go with my Chocolate Oatmeal Cake recipe.