This easy oatmeal cake recipe is moist, hearty, and uses basic ingredients found right in your pantry. The perfect cake for an afternoon snack!
*April 2020 update: this recipe was first published in 2014. I’ve updated it with new images and more information. Enjoy!
I love recipes that don’t need any planning. Nothing needs added to the grocery list, and you don’t have to think ahead. This oatmeal cake recipe is exactly that. I’m willing to bet that you have all the ingredients needed to make it, right now, in your pantry. This cake is incredibly moist, because the oats are soaked before being added to the cake batter. It’s an easy step that takes just a minute, but makes a big difference.
Easy Oatmeal Cake Recipe Variations
- Add 3/4 cup raisins to the oatmeal/water mixture. The raisins will plump up, and add a sweet texture to the cake.
- Add 1 cup chopped walnuts to the cake batter at the very end.
- Instead of dusting the cake with powdered sugar, serve it with a dollop of whipped cream or Cool Whip.
Easy & Hearty Oatmeal Cake Recipe
- 1 cup uncooked oats (quick or old fashioned)
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup Flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (use 1/4 teaspoon if using salted butter)
- powdered sugar for dusting
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place the oatmeal in a medium bowl and add the boiling water.
- Stir and let cool.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Mix until well combined and fluffy.
- Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
- Mix well, making sure to scrape the bottom and sides of bowl.
- Add oat mixture and mix until combined.
- Pour into 8 x 8 inch prepared pan.
- Bake 25 - 30 minutes until knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Do not overbake.
- Cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
This oatmeal cake recipe was on an old card in my recipe box, in my mother’s handwriting. It calls for a brown sugar frosting that is cooked on the stove, which I opted to leave off. The powdered sugar dusting makes the cake look pretty, and adds just the right finishing touch. There’s something about this recipe that reminds me of when I was a young girl…it’s homey and hearty, simple to make, and delicious.