Cousin Dorothy’s Oatmeal Cake Recipe

Etchingham School 1946
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Recently I found myself looking through my recipes for a dessert to take to a function.  I found this hand-written Oatmeal Cake Recipe from Jim’s cousin, Dorothy Shovelin, a retired high school typing teacher who has since passed.  She was a good cook and she really loved this cake.  It is easy enough to make and you are sure to have most of the ingredients.  Be sure to note that the topping, which is similar to that found on German Chocolate Cake but not as heavy, must be put on the cake as soon as you take it out of the oven and then put back into the oven to finish cooking.

Cousin Dorothy’s Oatmeal Cake

  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • ¼ lb. butter
  • 1 ¼ c. boiling water

Mix the above three ingredients and let stand for 20

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/3 c. flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix the above 7 ingredients.  Add to oatmeal mixture.  Beat and pour into greased 9 x 13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


  • ¼ lb butter
  • ¼ c. canned evaporated milk
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 can coconut
  • 1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts

Combine all ingredients for topping and spread immediately
on hot cake as soon as you remove it from the oven.  Return cake to oven
and bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.  You’ll love it!