This Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake is an easy old fashioned recipe, like a delicious dessert your grandma might have made you growing up. The oats are soaked in boiling water to soften them up perfectly, so every bite is moist and irresistible.
Don’t you agree that grandma has the most wonderful recipes? They never fail and this Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake recipe is no exception. It’s one of my favorites and one of those desserts that’s been passed down from generation to generation. Have you ever tried a Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake? Funny name, but a MUST try cake recipe!
Not only is this oatmeal cake beyond delicious, it’s also super easy. You probably have everything needed to make it, in your pantry right now!
Ingredients Needed for this Recipe
- Old fashioned rolled oats (please make sure they’re rolled oats – not quick oats)
- Boiling water
- Baking soda
- Cinnamon and nutmeg
- Walnuts or pecans
How to Make Oatmeal Cake
First you’ll add boiling water to the old fashioned oats and let them soak in a bowl, covered with a towel for about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile in a separate mixing bowl (or the bowl of an electric stand mixer) beat the butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add in the eggs and vanilla and continue mixing. Add in the soaked rolled oats and continue mixing.
In another bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Add flour mixture into oats mixture and stir until all ingredients are combined.
Spray an 8×8” baking pan with nonstick spray and then lightly flour.
NOTE: We are going to add our pan under the broiler on low for a couple minutes at the end. Make sure you are using a pan that is broiler safe. Pyrex glass is generally not broil safe, unless it’s a specialized variety.
Pour mixture into the pan. The mixture is going to be very wet – don’t panic, it’s supposed to be. Bake at 350ºF for 55 minutes.
After removing the cake from the oven, allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
While the cake is in the oven, stir together the topping mixture in a mixing bowl. Once the cake is set and has cooled for 10 minutes, use a spatula to spread the topping mixture over the top.
Put cake back into the oven and broil on LOW for 2-4 minutes. Once the topping starts to bubble, remove from oven. You want the topping to be slightly browned. Watch it carefully, you don’t want it to burn.
Allow the cake to cool before cutting it into pieces and serving. Cake can be enjoyed warm or cold.
Variations to this Recipe
- If you aren’t a fan of coconut, simply leave it out.
- If you don’t like nuts or have a nut allergy, they can be omitted too.
- Try adding raisins or chocolate chips to the cake, if you really want to change things up.
- If you don’t have nutmeg on-hand, feel free to leave it out.
What Makes This Oatmeal Cake Recipe So Delicious
- The addition of oatmeal to a cake may sound strange, but it makes this cake incredibly moist and gives it the perfect texture.
- The topping, which is a mix of walnuts, coconut, brown sugar, vanilla, butter and milk, is absolutely wonderful!
- When you add the topping and then broil the cake for a couple of minutes, the topping melts and gets bubbly and is SO divine.
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- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 ¼ cup boiling water
- ½ cup butter
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
For the topping:
- ¼ cup butter softened (not melted!)
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- ⅓ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add rolled oats into bowl. Pour boiling water over oats and stir them. Cover bowl with a towel and let stand for 20 minutes.
- Add butter, sugar and brown sugar to a large bowl. Beat with hand mixer until fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla and continue mixing. Add in rolled oats, continue mixing.
- In another bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Add flour mixture into oats mixture. Continue mixing until all combined.
- Spray a 8x8 broiler-safe baking pan with nonstick spray and then lightly flour. Pour mixture into the pan. The mixture is going to be very wet - don’t panic, it’s supposed to be.
- Bake for 55 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
For the topping:
- Add softened butter, brown sugar, milk, walnuts and coconut to a bowl. Use a hand mixer and gently mix until you have a crumbly mixture. Use a spatula and spread this evenly over the cake.
- Put cake back into the oven and broil on LOW for 2-4 minutes. Once the topping starts to bubble, remove from oven. You want the topping to be slightly browned. Watch it carefully, you don’t want it to burn.
- Allow to cool before cutting into pieces and serving. Cake can be enjoyed warm or cold.