It's been awhile since I posted a chocolate recipe, which is really too bad. I love chocolate. But what I love even more is a chocolate recipe that I can pass off as being somewhat redeeming.
This homemade chocolate cake has a secret ingredient: oatmeal. Actually, I guess it isn't so much of a secret since it is named Chocolate Oat Cake. But call it whatever you want, it is delicious, simple to make, and yes, even somewhat redeeming. However, don't assume the oatmeal makes this chocolate recipe taste like health food. It is full-on decadent and rich, a Sweet Pea family favorite.
I have my Aunt Susan to thank for this recipe. She made it all the time growing up (she lived one street over from my house) and while this is the simplified version, she often added chopped walnuts and powdered sugar on top.
Chocolate Oat Cake
1 cup quick or old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2 tablespoons powdered sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, mix the oatmeal and boiling water. Set aside.
In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda and cocoa powder.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars, then add eggs and beat well. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Lastly, add the oatmeal and mix until just combined.
Spread into a 9 x 13 greased pan and sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts (if using) on top. Gently "pat" the chips and nuts into the batter.
Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Makes 18 servings.