Oatmeal spice cake

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:

3 eggs

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?

Click here for a printable recipe!