12 November 2007

Coconut Oatmeal Cake



The chewy-crispy-coconutty topping on this cake really makes it something special. A dollop of vanilla ice cream compliments the cake nicely.

CAKE
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 C oatmeal
1 C apple, peeled and chopped
1/2 C butter, softened
1/2 C brown sugar, packed
1/2 C granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 C all purpose flour
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t salt

Pour Boiling water over oatmeal in bowl. Set aside. Cream butter and both sugars together well. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Add vanilla. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix. Stir in oatmeal mixture. Add apples. Turn into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350°F or until inserted wooden pick comes out clean.

BROILED TOPPING
1/2 C plus 2 T butter
1 C brown sugar, packed
6 T milk
3 C coconut
1 t vanilla

Measure all six ingredients into saucepan. Heat and stir to melt butter and dissolve sugar. Spread over warm cake. Broil 6 to 8 inches from heat until golden brown and bubbly.

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