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Child Hood Favorite

Updated: Mar 28, 2019

My family is some of the best southern cooks I know. When we all gathered for special occasions or just to have a meal it was like we was feeding the whole county. My granny would make a big pot of chicken and dumplings and leather britches or as most call then shuck beans, my mom and aunt mae would fix desserts, and me and the rest would fill in from there. There was never a shortage of food in my family, as I say we are eaters. We love to eat, laugh and have a good time. But I can always remember my favorite cake that Aunt Mae would fix, not a hard recipe just really good.

I call it "Aunt Mae's Oatmeal Cake" its topped with a unique coconut frosting that's more like a glaze, but it is oh oh so so good. Its crunchy, soft, sweet and taste bud tantalizing. Aunt Mae passed away a few years ago, but her recipes that she used and taught me still live on. when you make this cake you'll think, Oh Lawdy what's this, But then when you eat it "Katie Bar The Door", You want be able to set in your chair to eat it.

Aunt Mae’s Oatmeal Cake

Jason Smith, FNS

Serves 12


1 ¼ - cup Boiling Water

1-cup Quick Cook Oats

½-cup Butter

1-cup White Sugar

1-cup Brown Sugar, packed


1-tsp Vanilla

1 1/3-cup All Purpose Flour

1-tsp Baking Soda

½-tsp Salt

1-tsp Ground Cinnamon


· Preheat oven to 350, Spary a 9x13 baking pan.

· Place oats in a small bowl and pour the hot water over oats and let set for 20 minutes.

· Place the butter and sugar in mixing bowl and cream together.

· Add oatmeal to butter and mix.

· Add the eggs and vanilla and combine.

· Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

· Add the flour mix to the butter mix and combine, do not over mix.

· Pour into the cake pan and bake for 45 mins or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.



4-TBSP Butter, melted

4-TBSP Canned Cream

1-cup Brown Sugar, packed

1-cup Flaked Coconut


· Mix all together.

· Spread over cake.

· Place under the broiler, with door open, broil until it is medium brown.

Tip: Make sure to always broil food with door open so you don’t burn it, and make sure that you watch the broiling close so the cake want burn.


This is my Aunt Mae.

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Jason Smith
Jason Smith
May 10, 2018

I have made this cake for many years. Always a favorite!!


Jason Smith
Jason Smith
Feb 20, 2018

Hey denicebrowm_2000 it is condense milk not sweetened condense


Jason Smith
Jason Smith
Feb 14, 2018

Oh my gosh! When you mentioned leather britches, it to me back helping my grandmother, (Nanny as I called her,) thread huge needles with thick embroidery floss and gently string on the green beans we would then hang over a small gas heater in her breakfast room. No one around me nowadays has even heard of leather britches! Thanks for the great reminiscing of both of our families traditions.


Jason Smith
Jason Smith
Feb 14, 2018

Canned cream? Do you mean condensed milk or sweetened condensed milk? Being a city girl I'm unfamiliar with what you mean. Thanks, Darlin'.

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