Gluten Free Oatmeal Cake Recipe

Oatmeal Cake
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  • 50 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: serves 12

Use certified gluten free oatmeal to make this moist and delicious cake. Broiled Penuche frosting is a wonderful broiled brown sugar, pecan, and coconut glaze. Who can resist a buttery rich cake with a crunchy, toffee-like frosting?

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup certified gluten-free oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour mix (use your favorite blend- see tips)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • For the Penuche Frosting:
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cream (or canned coconut milk)
  • 1/2 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F
  2. Grease a 13 x9 inch baking dish.
  3. Put oatmeal in a bowl and add boiling water. Stir to combine and let stand for 15 minutes.
  4. Combine 1/2 cup butter with sugars in a mixing bowl and beat on high until light and fluffy.
  5. Add eggs, oatmeal, gluten free flour mix, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and vanilla and beat on low, just until thoroughly blended.
  6. Pour cake batter in prepared baking dish.
  1. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  2. While the cake is baking, combine penuche frosting mixture in a bowl.
  3. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, spread the frosting mixture evenly over the top of the hot cake.
  4. Broil the cake, about 6-inches from the broiler, until the frosting is bubbling and golden brown- about 5 minutes. Watch this step carefully- the frosting will burn if left under the broiler too long!
  5. Cool before serving.

Tip: I used All Purpose Gluten Free Flour Blend with good results. I like this blend because it includes nutritious amaranth, sorghum and quinoa flours.

Reminder: Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans, and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 355
Total Fat 20 g
Saturated Fat 11 g
Unsaturated Fat 7 g
Cholesterol 72 mg
Sodium 302 mg
Carbohydrates 38 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 7 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)