Can I tell you this is my most favorite cake? It really is. Make this cake. Make it today. And if you don't like it, call me, I'll come over and eat it ALL. This cake is wonderful and fall-y and spicy, and oh, I want a piece right now! It's better the second day because the frosting starts sinking into the cake, instead of sitting on top but rarely can I wait that long to dig in.
Here are all the goods you'll need for the cake. The frosting ingredients are below. I'll note here that I rarely, rarely ever add salt to anything I'm making. My butter has salt in it already. So if you're using the unsalted butter, add 1/2 tsp. salt.
Boil 1-1/4 cup water to boil on the stove and add the oats.
I know, this is a bit strange, but trust me! Give it a little mixy-mix and let this COOL. This is important.
Cream together vanilla (barely seen in the photo), sugar, brown sugar, and butter. The butter isn't melted, but rather room temperature so it's nice and soft.
Add the eggs. One at a time, beating well in between. Anytime you add eggs, add them ONE AT A TIME. If you need, I can be an engineer and explain to you why this makes a difference. Notice I've already cracked them in a separate bowl before adding them. You'll notice I always do this. Just incase a bit of eggshell gets with the eggs, I have time to get the shell out before its too late.
Add the COOLED oats to this your bowl.
Here is the cinnamon and baking soda. Add this and beat well.
Slowly add the flour.
Pour into a well greased 9" x 13" pan glass baking dish. Something preferrably that has a lid. Bake and wait.
FROSTING: Here's all the goodies. This all happens over a a medium flame in a saucepan.
Melt the butter.
Add 1/2 cup of evaporated milk.
It'll look like this.
Do you have one of these? You need one! Quick, add it to your Christmas list. It's from Pampered Chef and it's the greatest nut chopper I've found. A couple of pushes and the nuts look like....
Add your nuts. Add the coconut (do you know I don't even like coconut, but I love this frosting!)
Maybe I love it because of the brown sugar. Don't forget to add the brown sugar.
Yummm. You only have to get it all mixed up. This doesn't have to cook - just get all the flavors quickly fused together.
Pour it over the warm cake. Be gentle.
Place the frosted cake under the broiled until brown. About 3-5 minutes. That's all it takes. Then will yourself the patience for it to cool or you will burn the roof of your mouth and that's no fun.