Oat Cake with Caramelised Coconut Topping

    1 hour 10 min

    A very unique cake that is easy to make but very impressive and oh-so delicious. A simple cake made with oats and warm spices is baked, then topped with a mix of brown sugar and coconut, then grilled till bubbly and caramelised. Enjoy warm or room temperature.

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    Serves: 18 

    • 350ml boiling water
    • 80g porridge oats
    • 110g butter
    • 220g dark brown soft sugar
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 200g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • Topping
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 4 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
    • 70g desiccated coconut
    • 90g butter, melted
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 60ml cream

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 33x23cm cake tin.
    2. In a small bowl, pour boiling water over oats. Mix well, and cool.
    3. In a large bowl, combine butter or margarine, 220g dark brown soft sugar, 200g caster sugar, eggs, flour, bicarbonate of soda, spices and salt. Add cooled oat mixture, and stir to combine.
    4. Tip the cake mixture into the prepared tin. Bake for 35 minutes.
    5. While cake is baking, prepare the topping: combine 100g caster sugar, 4 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar, coconut, melted butter or margarine, vanilla and cream in a mixing bowl.
    6. Remove cake from oven, and turn on grill. Drop the topping mixture by small spoonfuls on top of cake. Spread evenly and carefully. Grill for 2 to 5 minutes, until topping is bubbling and lightly browned.

    Cake tins

    Instead of one cake tin, you can use two 23cm round tins, or three 20cm round tins. Adjust baking time as needed.

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    This is a GREAT recipe. One of my professors made it for a meeting, and I insisted she give me the recipe. I just made a lower-fat version last night, I reduced the butter in the cake to 2 Tbsp and added 1/3 cup of applesauce, and reduced the butter in the topping to 2 Tbsp and used 1/3 cup of skim milk instead of the cream. Comes out almost as perfect as the original cake, and less guilt! :-)  -  19 Mar 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Next time maybe double the topping.  -  10 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is the same receipe as the Kentucky Oatmeal Soice Cake which is a specialty at Atlanta's famed Horseradish Grill. The cake is more spectacular served with the restaurant's homemade caramel ice cream. At home serve it with Dulce con leche (vanilla ice cream with caramel swirls) available at your grocer. YUM!  -  29 Aug 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)