Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake

birthday cakeWith cake.  I mean, that’s how everyone celebrates birthdays and anniversaries, isn’t it?

The Hippie Chick said to me, “It’s your blog-iversary?  It’s been one year?”

No.  It’s been three years.  Three amazing years.

Scratch that.  It’s been two boring, hobby-ish, I’ll-do-it-when-I-feel-like-it years, and one stunning, indescribably mind-blowing, crazy exciting year.

Shall I demonstrate?
Three years ago:  Giant Ginger Cookies
Two years ago: Chocolate Waffle Iron Cookies
One year ago: Cranberry Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

I probably shouldn’t even link to that old stuff, it’s so embarrassingly bad.

Oatmeal chocolate cake

But since this last year has been so much fun, I figured it was only fitting to celebrate with my favorite cake of all time.  And let me tell you, it takes a lot to eclipse the wonders of Red Velvet Cake.

When my Mom found this recipe several years ago, it became an instant classic in our family.  We eat this for about half of the years birthday celebrations.

Maybe more.

chocolate oat cake recipe

My kids were obviously thrilled that I baked this cake for no apparent reason at all.  I told them they could have a piece, and they rewarded me by turning the cake into dog bait.  That’s code for they left the cake on the table and the dog jumped up and licked the frosting off.

I’m not sure whether to be more angry at the kids or the dog.

Here’s to more years of growth, and friendships, and baked goods with chocolate chips.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake
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A moist oatmeal chocolate cake with chocolate chips and cream cheese frosting.
Recipe type: cake
Serves: 12
  • 1¾ cups boiling water
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 T. cocoa powder
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 1 pkg. chocolate chips (12 oz.)
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Place oats in mixing bowl. Pour boiling water over oats, and let sit 10 minutes.
  2. Add sugars and butter and mix well. Add eggs, and mix.
  3. Sift together soda, salt, cocoa powder, and flour. Add to oat mixture and mix until combined.
  4. Fold in the nuts and half of the chocolate chips. Pour mixture into greased 9x13 pan. Sprinkle remaining chips on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting.
  6. Combine all ingredients, mixing until well combined. Frost cooled cake.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Oatmeal Pumpkin Bundt Cake from Erin’s Food Files

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake from Half Baked

This post linked up at: Between Naps on the Porch; Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms; Skip to My Lou; Sugar Bee Crafts; Hope Studios; A Bowl Full of Lemons; Carolyn’s Homework; Mandy’s Recipe Box; Lady Behind the Curtain; Chocolate Chocolate and More; Recipes for my Boys; Food Done Light;

8 thoughts on “Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake

  1. Maren M.

    Okay, random question. I’m thinking of making this cake on Thursday for when the sister missionaries come for dinner. But I don’t want an entire cake because the holidays are already super-full of other goodies. Do you think I could halve this recipe and bake it in an 8×8 pan? How long do you think I would need to cook it for?

    1. Jen Post author

      You only say that because you haven’t tasted it! I’ve never halved it, but I don’t see why you couldn’t. I would just watch it and do the toothpick test. I’m guessing that bake time would be around 20-25 minutes, but that’s just a guess.

  2. Maren M.

    Okay, that’s what I figured, but I just wanted to check and see if you had just by chance done it before. I’ll let you know how it turns out! (Or… and this is just a thought… perhaps I’ll make the full version and then freeze the leftovers for later. Hmmm….)

  3. Carla

    FYI I always halve recipes, so yes this would work in 8×8 pan. Check it at 20 minutes.

    Anyway, HAPPY 3 YEARS! I feel the same way. I only started caring about my blog this past year. This cake would make great cat bait too 😉

  4. Em

    I keep thinking I should share some of my old cake recipes but…..ugh. I hate cake. Unless it’s this cake that is. I don’t remember a time that this wasn’t a staple at family functions, nor can I make it at home without thinking of Mom (I look in the mirror while I eat it).


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