Thursday, May 16, 2013

Grandma Peters' Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

I've been feeling rather sentimental lately, and that is in no way a bad thing. My grandfather (or Poppy as we called him) had been fighting cancer for the past 3 years, and he passed away on Sunday. Luckily, we got to celebrate his 75th birthday the week before. My Poppy, Dean Peters, was a gem - quick with a joke, a twinkle in his eye and extremely handsome. He loved John Wayne movies, John Deere tractors and Hereford cattle. I feel blessed just to have known the man.

My mom's side of the family has an affinity for food. We make elaborate meals for nearly any occasion...

We always say - "Some people eat to live, but we live to eat."

One of my Poppy's most requested snacks was Grandma Peters' Chocolate Oatmeal Cake. I thought it would only be fitting to make it for us to eat during his wake.

Here's the recipe:

[caption id="attachment_348" align="aligncenter" width="640"]My mom scanned a copy of the original for me to have. I love how weathered and well used it looks! My mom scanned a copy of the original for me to have. I love how weathered and well used it looks![/caption]

Grandma Peters' Chocolate Cake

[caption id="attachment_345" align="aligncenter" width="640"]All the necessary ingredients All the necessary ingredients[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_353" align="alignright" width="300"]Oatmeal and water first. Oatmeal and water first.[/caption]
Mix together and let cool -
1 c. rolled oats
1 1/2 c boiling water

1/2 c. shortening
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 c. flour
1/2 c. cocoa
1 t. soda
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. salt

[caption id="attachment_354" align="alignleft" width="300"]All into the pool, as Guy Fieri would say! All into the pool, as Guy Fieri would say![/caption]

Cream together shortening, eggs and sugar. Add vanilla. Sift together flour, cocoa, soda and salt. Blend into creamed mixture.

Add oatmeal at the very last.

Pour into a greased and floured (if you're smart, you'll use cocoa instead of flour) 9x13" cake pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

The finished product will look like this!

[caption id="attachment_369" align="aligncenter" width="640"]It's a really dense cake, and the oatmeal will make it super moist and yummy. It's a really dense cake, and the oatmeal will make it super moist and yummy.[/caption]

If you know what's good, you won't be like me and wait to take a picture after it's half-eaten. But it is so yummy. I promise you will love it. Sometimes, we frost the cake as well with brown sugar frosting (heat 1/4 c. butter, 1/4 c. brown sugar on the stove to make a caramel. Then add enough powdered sugar and a splash of vanilla to make a thick frosting). I'm not much into frostings, so I don't know for sure, but that's what my mom said and I trust her.

I hope you enjoy this cake as much as I do!

[caption id="attachment_347" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Cougar had to help me in the kitchen as well. Cougar had to help me in the kitchen as well.[/caption]

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