2 icings on top

I feel like a need a football detox…so many games the past few weekends! Sadly, the ‘icing on top’ does not refer to the wins of the teams I was cheering for. Oh well, I’m not heart broken, it’s just a game:)

As to the two icings: coconut icing and peanut butter icing, to go on top of oatmeal cake. Oatmeal in cakes or breads is nice, because it’s dense, and you kind of feel like you’re making a push towards healthiness. In fact, the cake in and of itself isn’t too bad, but let’s be honest here, icing does not really do anybody any favors.

But it does extend your cake into 2 very different desserts, so there’s a point for creative skill, right?

I’m not much of a flaked coconut kind of gal…but if you are, this caramelized coconut and pecans is probably about as good it is going to get. On the other hand, if you are a peanut butter lover like myself…Then deliciously smooth peanut butter icing is definitely the way to go.

Oatmeal Cake

1 1/2 cups boiling water

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. baking soda

1  cup white flour

1/2 cup wheat flour

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup flaked coconut

6 tablespoons butter, melted

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup cream (whipped cream makes a sufficient substitute!)

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350. Spray one 9×13 pan or 2 8×8 pans with PAM. Combine the boiling water and oats in a bowl. Mix well and cool. Combine butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup white sugar, eggs, flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Add oatmeal and stir to combine. Bake for 35 minutes.

For the coconut icing, combine 1/2 cup white sugar through the pecans in a bowl. Remove cake from oven, turn on broiler. Spread icing carefully and by small spoonfuls on the cake and broil for 2-5 minutes until the top is caramelized and brown.

Peanut butter icing: 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1 cup  peanut butter (creamy or crunchy…)3 tablespoons milk, or as needed, and 2 cups confectioners’ sugar. Beat together until smooth. Frost cake when it is cooled. Enjoy some cake, no matter how your football team did!

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About thegypsycook

I'm a 22 year old who just graduated college and moved to Dallas to look for a job and help out my 75(!)year-old cousin. I'm a type 1 diabetic runner and I love being in the kitchen-cooking, baking, cleaning.
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