Taste of Home: Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

Dense and pleasantly moist, this oatmeal infused chocolate cake made the top five family loved baked goods. Oatmeal always presents a healthy illusion while relieving a certain amount of guilt.

The Taste of Home recipes have proved a reliable, enjoyable baking experience. These irresistible chocolate muffins are based on a Taste of Home recipe. Now that I’m thinking about it, holy cow I baked so many sweet and delicious desserts, like these Apple Pumpkin Muffins and these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, I can’t even remember them all!

Getting back to the chocolate oatmeal cake, I used regular oatmeal rather than quick cooking oats. Not being fond of frosting, it was omitted completely. Besides this is a healthy cake and we truly do not need the extra sugar. Ummm, yes healthy wink, wink :)


Ingredients

1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup stick margarine, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Coffee Frosting:
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
1/4 cup half-and-half cream, warmed
1/2 cup stick margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

In a bowl, combine the water and oats. Sprinkle with chocolate chips (do not stir); let stand for 20 minutes. In a mixing bowl, cream margarine and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in oat mixture.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

For frosting, dissolve coffee granules in cream; set aside. In a small mixing bowl, cream margarine; add vanilla and salt. Gradually beat in sugar. Beat in enough of the coffee mixture to achieve spreading consistency. Frost the cake.

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