Oatmeal Cake (a.k.a. Camping Cake)
from the kitchen of Fran McCormack and Libby McCormack Cooper
I’m not sure where the original came from, but Mom called it “Oatmeal Cake.” My girls call it “Camping Cake” since we always took it camping. Mom made it in an aluminum pan with a sliding lid, like the one pictured below, so even on camping trips it stayed wonderfully moist and un-squashed. No small feat. It is definitely not figure-friendly, but it does contain oatmeal, so perhaps Mom thought it qualified as healthy for that reason alone.
*Note: If you leave the knife in the pan, the cake seems to disappear by inches, not whole slices. Just sayin’.
1 cup oats
1 ½ cup hot water
½ cup butter or margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 unbeaten eggs
1 ½ cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
- Pour water over oats. Set aside.
- Cream butter sugars and eggs until smooth
- Add dry ingredients. Add oatmeal last. Beat well.
- Pour into greased 9×12 pan.
- Bake 30 min. @ 350
¾ cube of butter
1 T. milk
¾ cup brown sugar
1 ½ cup coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds
- Melt butter in saucepan and add sugar
- Cook one minute.
- Add coconut & nuts.
- Spread on warm cake & broil. Watch closely!
- Cool completely before serving or covering.