If you crave nostalgia, then this Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake is for you! It’s easy and uses ingredients you probably already have on hand!!Jump to Recipe
Let’s Find Some History on this Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake:
You can see by the two photos of the articles I posted below, this recipe definitely has it’s origins in the Quaker Oatmeal space! Based on some research I dug up, the earliest printing of this recipes looks to be around 1914, supposedly written up by a company called Snowdrift that produced shortening (assuming the butter in this recipe originally was shortening). In the 1950’s, the people over at Quaker Oats recreated their own version and used it in their advertisements (the second photo below was actually on a bag of oats). They used the word lazy to imply ease of preparation.
You an read more about the history (if you’re a nostalgia geek like me!!), in this post
What You’ll Need For This Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake:
- sugar (granulated and brown)
- baking soda
You can see by the finished cake, that it’s lovely and golden and could be enjoyed on it’s own. It baked up so beautifully and I think would make a great addition to any breakfast table (I think this would be great served with warm caramelized bananas or apples!!)
But with the addition of the coconut topping, it just bring the deliciousness to another level! The base isn’t sweet so the sweetness of the coconut and extra sugar is a perfect combination!
I’m not sure if you have more willpower than me, but if you don’t. you’ll be cutting into this baby as soon as you can! Although it tastes great a few days later (I till have a few pieces on my countertop and it’s just as delicious!!)
I have a few recipes on the blog that are similar to this Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake!
You can tell that I love:
- easy recipes
- nostalgic recipes
- super-delicious recipes!
- Old Fashioned “Church Supper” Almond Coconut Cake – this cake is super delicious as well! It has a similar coconut topping, but it also has a soaking liquid that goes on the cake before the topping!! You can get the recipe is here
- Do Nothing Cake – this cake has applesauce and crushed pineapple (so loads of goodness means you can have another piece ;)). You can get the recipe is here
- Pink Lady Squares – This small cake has a lot of the same ingredients as the others do but it’s cut into squares and has the addition of maraschino cherry juice (so many people told me this brought them down memory lane!!). You can find the recipe here
Have I convinced you to make this cake? I sure hope I have! You’ll be thanking me later (and, you’re welcome ahead of time!!).
Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup butter, cut into smaller squares
- 1 1/4 cup boiling water
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp dried ginger
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 3 tbsp milk
- 3/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
- Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a 9 x 13" pan by either spraying it with cooking spray or lining it with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, combine the oats, butter and boiling water. Stir to combine and set aside for 10-15 minutes while you prep the rest of the ingredients.
- In a medium bowl, place eggs and both sugars (1 cup granulated and 1 cup brown) and beat until combined. Add in vanilla and beat again.
- In another bowl, sift together dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cinnamon and spices); add it to the egg/sugar mixture along with the soaked oatmeal mixture and mix until combined.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes (or until golden and the middle springs back when pressed gently).
- When the cake is baked, remove from oven (and set oven to broil) and let cook while you prepare the frosting.
- In a bowl, combine all of the frosting ingredients and mix until combined; pour over the cake and place cake under the broiler (watching to make sure it doesn't burn)
- Serve warm or at room temperature and it can also be frozen!