I didn't know what kind of cake I wanted to make though. I was in pajamas and didn't feel like getting dressed to go to the store for any ingredients. I knew we had the basics for cake, but wasn't sure what else we had to do something "different". Browsing through our 11th Edition Better Homes and Gardens cookbook (the one cook book everyone should have), I found a recipe for an oatmeal cake. Never heard of an oatmeal cake before!
I made a few personal preference adjustments to the recipe and it came out great! I initially wasn't going to make a frosting or a glaze for the cake - Justin and I generally don't care for either. But I decided this needed just a little something, looked in the fridge, had some Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Cider and thought that would work just fine with cinnamon, raisin and oatmeal. Admittedly, I didn't use all of the glaze... but I think most people seem to like their sweets, sweet.
Cake was real moist. Tastes like oatmeal! Reminds me a little of a coffee cake. This recipe is definitely a keeper for us.
I got a little ska action for this recipe. Reel Big Fish, "Everyone Else Is An Asshole". -jen
OATMEAL RAISIN CAKE
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45-50 minutes
- 1-1/4 cups boiling water
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 eggs, room temp
- 1 cup raisins
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer or stand mixer on high for 30 seconds. Add sugars and vanilla and beat until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each.
Alternately add dry mixture and oatmeal, beating on low after each addition, just until combined. Stir in raisins and pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool cake in pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove sides from pan and cool an additional hour. Drizzle with Apple Cider Glaze (see recipe below) and serve. (Glaze will harden as it cools.)
SPARKLING CIDER GLAZE
- 1-1/2 cups confectioners sugar
- 3 tablespoons sparkling apple cider
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- zest of 1/2 a lemon