Grandma’s Oatmeal Cake

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Have you ever been hunkered down? Are you stress-baking, too?

Currently I’ve been craving issues from my childhood. Like this oatmeal cake my Southern Grandma made for us after I was a child.

Though my Grandma Inez doesn’t do fairly as a lot magic within the kitchen as she used to, she’s recognized for her scrumptious desserts and comfortable consolation meals.

And she or he has transformed MANY folks to child lima beans. She’s a magician, I let you know.

So, this oatmeal cake. Let’s chat about that.

It’s a fluffy, cinnamon-scented cake with a coconut-pecan topping — just like what you’d placed on a German chocolate cake. However higher.

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I observed the cardboard for this recipe in my binder—in my grandma’s handwriting. And I do know it wanted to be made quickly.

Do you might have recipes in your grandmother’s handwriting? My grandma has such good script. And she or he exhibits her love by feeding you scrumptious issues.

I believe I take after her in that means. However not the proper script.

Let’s make this cake!

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First soak some rolled oats in boiling water for about 20 minutes whilst you prep the remainder of the substances.

Or take a fast bathe.

Or make a cup of cocoa.

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Cowl it with a towel, too.

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Beat the butter and sugar and add the eggs. This could really feel acquainted in case you’ve ever made cookies.

I actually hope you might have. It’s an necessary life talent.

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Then fold in that oatmeal, which is just about cooked by way of by now. There shouldn’t be any water left within the bowl.

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Sift within the dry substances (don’t overlook the cinnamon!) and stir it gently.

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You’ll find yourself with combination that appears like a cross between oatmeal cookie dough and porridge.

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Now seize your tube pan (the one you make angel meals cake in—is there another use for it? Asking for a good friend.)

Ensure that it’s buttered and floured effectively, too.

What in case you don’t have a tube pan?

Nicely, as a result of it has a topping that goes on it, utilizing a bundt pan could be actually awkward.

You may use a 9×9-inch pan, however you’ll have to elongate the cooking time so the center can be cooked by way of properly.

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Bake it for about 45–55 minutes, till a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clear. It’ll be a fairly darkish golden brown, too. Mmm.

VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT TAKE IT OUT OF THE PAN YET.

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Like I discussed earlier than, this cake has a particular topping: a buttery, caramelly combination of nuts and coconut. I used pecans as a result of they’re my favourite.

And so they remind me of my grandma explaining how they’re pronounced “puh-KAHNS” and never “PEE-cans”.

How do you say it the place you reside?

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This topping goes proper on the cake—that’s nonetheless within the pan.

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Put the cake beneath the broiler for only a few minutes, till the coconut is toasty brown.

Toasted coconut is one among my favourite issues ever.

You’ll wish to let this cool off fairly a bit earlier than trying to get it out of the pan.

In fact, I’m impatient and reckless and would fairly danger burning myself or destroying the cake simply to get the cake into my face sooner.

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See how the butter from the topping soaked down into the edges of the cake? I die.

To get the cake out of the tube pan, run your knife across the fringe of the pan and across the center tube. Then, push the underside of the pan up and out of the sting piece of the pan. (The pan is 2 items, in case you’ve by no means used a tube pan.)

I additionally run a knife beneath the underside of the cake to separate it from the opposite a part of the pan. I truly reduce the cake in half and transferred every half to a chopping board.

You may attempt to get it out in a single piece by lifting either side without delay. You would possibly want a accomplice for this.

Now that I’m fascinated by it, I ought to have requested my grandma how SHE does it!

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This cake, y’all.

(I used to be raised in Idaho, however my mother is southern, so I really feel like I can get away with y’all.)

It’s SO, SO good.

We polished this off in two days, however solely as a result of we had some restraint and needed it to last more.

That is one among many recipes that jogs my memory of my grandma, too! I really like how meals can maintain such robust connection and recollections with household.

Do you might have any recipes or meals that remind you of your childhood? Of particular events? Of your loved ones members?

I’d love to listen to about it. Depart a remark beneath and let me know!

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