I continue to learn new things about my husband all the time. I recently discovered that this is one of his favorite cakes that his mom makes. I had no idea! I decided to try making it myself and it is most definitely a full, moist, scrumptious cake. Of course, I am a lover of all things sweet and cake is one of my hugest weaknesses. Thank goodness I was blessed with strong willpower because I would be eating things like cake and cookies and ice cream and candy during the majority of my waking hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together in a medium bowl:
2 1/4 cups boiling water
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
3/4 cup butter, softened
Cover bowl with a towel and set aside.
In a separate medium bowl, beat together:
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
In a large bowl, combine:
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
Add the egg-sugar mixture to the flour mixture and then add the oatmeal-water-butter mixture and stir everything together.
Pour cake mixture into a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish.
Bake in preheated doven for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cake cool.
To make the topping, add the following to a medium saucepan:
1 1/2 cups coconut flakes
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and let boil for one minute.
Let cool and spread onto cooled cake. I wish I had a photo of the entire cake with the topping. I was a bit too eager to dig in! So much for willpower, huh?