Oatmeal Cake

Ok all you Mom’s out there….I need some advice and quick! My two year old won’t stop beatin’ up my poor little baby girl. I understand why he is doing it, but please, please, please someone tell me how to make him stop. It came to a peak yesterday when he picked her up off the couch and “dropped” her on the floor…..or maybe threw her on the floor would be a better description. My heart literally stopped when I heard the horrible sound of Micah’s head whacking on the floor.
I’m amazed that this hasn’t been a problem for any of my other kids when a new sibling came along, but it hasn’t. I’ve tried all I can think of to get him to stop but nothing is working. So come on all of you, share, share, share with me your great mothering advice!

This cake is from my childhood and my mom made it for us when Micah was born….back in the days she didn’t have to fear for her life! I had forgotten how amazing this cake was and I’ve made it 5 times already since she has gone home. Benjamin wanted this to be his birthday cake last week as well. If you like dense, moist cakes, you have to give it a go. It is a very humble looking cake, but it is out of this world and so easy to mix up in a bowl!

Oatmeal Cake

1 3/4 C whole oats
2 1/4 C boiling water
3/4 C oil
1 1/2 C white sugar
1 1/2 C brown sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 C flour
3/4 C + 1 Tb brown sugar
3/4 C + 1 Tb butter
3 tsp milk
3/4 C pecans, chopped
3/4 C coconut
1. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Add boiling water to oats in a medium bowl and allow to sit. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, sugars and eggs. Mix in the oatmeal, then the remaining dry ingredients. Beat until combined, pour into your prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes.
3. For the topping, combine the sugar, butter and milk in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from the heat and add the pecans and coconut. Spread over the baked cake while it is hot, then put it back in the oven for 5 minutes. Allow cake to cool completely before serving.


  1. says

    Poor Micah!! I am worried that Mckenna will be just like Jonathan when this baby boy comes. I will be checking back here to see if any of your wise readers have any advice! And maybe I will be calling you in a couple of months! Haha!

    PS…that cake looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to try it!

  2. says

    Didn’t you tell me that Tori stepped on Benjamin’s head once or twice?! You could wear Micah in a baby backpack…get an extra workout in. We have the actual hiker “back” pack and our kids have liked watching Mom’s labors from that vantage point. Good luck with your endeavors! The cake looks great!

  3. Debbie Gale says

    Carole, This is Debbie Gale in Chandler (your hubby knows our family). The oatmeal cake was from my childhood too. I once made it at BYU for a guy’s b-day. I haven’t been able to find the recipe since then. Anyway I made it this week and it was as good as I remembered. Our daughter, Becky- 16 who doesn’t like coconut liked it and Suzie who won’t eat nuts liked it too.
    (I helped Kathy make Oreo truffles for Dianne Lamb’s wedding and she told me about your blog).

  4. Anonymous says

    Hi there Debbie. I am no professional but, I am thinking if you want to try if you haven’t yet to sit down personally one on one and talk to your son and ask him if he was in that same situation would he want his other sibling to do that to him. have you also talked to your doctor about the situation. Do you spend a one on one time with him when the baby is sleeping or if your husband can take him for a few hours, maybe you and him could spend quality time. go shopping, go out for lunch, or even if he likes air planes take him to a museum or just spend some time together.

  5. Lory Howell says

    Oatmeal cake has been my choice for birthday cake since I grew out of pretty frosted cakes. My recipe is very similar and got it from an old ward recipe book. Jean Fenn submitted it and she was the best cook/baker in the ward! It was printed 50 some odd years ago so I have been eating this cake for many birthdays. Thanks for posting! ♡

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