German Chocolate Oat Cake

When I was growing up, every birthday Mom would ask what cake I wanted, and most of the time this was my pick. She got the recipe from a 1973 magazine. Made from scratch and having all the rich, fattening stuff like cream, chocolate chips and real butter, how can you go wrong?

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  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs


  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour a 13 X 9 X 2 inch baking pan and set aside.

CAKE:  In a medium mixing bowl, add the oats, and then pour the boiling water over them.

Add the butter

and chocolate chips.

Stir only enough to moisten the oats and then bury the butter under the oats so it will melt. Set bowl aside.

Add flour to a large mixing bowl, and then add granulated sugar,


and salt.

Add brown sugar and mix well.

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and then add to flour mixture.

Go back to the bowl with the oats, butter and chocolate and mix it until well combined. Then add chocolate mixture to flour mixture in large bowl.

Mix all until well blended. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 – 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. While cake is baking, prepare Caramel Nut Topping.

CARAMEL NUT TOPPING: In a small mixing bowl combine softened butter(heated in the microwave for a few seconds),

brown sugar,


and nuts.

Mix well. Pour into a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, boil and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly thickened stirring frequently. (I forgot to take a pic, sorry.)

When cake is done, remove from oven, and pour nut topping evenly over cake.

Return pan to oven so that it is 4-5 inches from broiler element. Broil for 1 minute or until bubbly.

Remove from oven. Serve warm or cool.

Make this today, even if it’s not your birthday. It’s not my birthday either, but I’m pretending it is.

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16 Responses

  1. Peggy says:

    That cake looks wonderful! Your photos are so good it looks like I could take a bite out the computer screen. Ha ha! Yes, I will be trying this out. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Glenda says:

    This is a slightly different take on my famiily’s favorite oatmeal cake. (I was asked to bring it to the March birthday bash). I don’t have a broiler so I have a slightly different way of making the icing with butter, brown sugar, and an egg cooked together then adding the pecans and coconut last. Still spread it on a warm cake though. I’ll have to try the chocolate version to see how they like it!

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Glenda,
      Your oatmeal cake sounds delish. You’ll have to send me the recipe sometime. Thank you,

  3. Mmmmmm!! The first 3 photos had me…hook, line and sinker! I mean, oats, and chocolate chips, come on! I am hungry right now too, so this is just a tease! I have never made a cake like this. I love the combination and the topping really looks so good with those pecans all mixed in!

  4. Teresa says:

    Oh, that looks great! That is my favorite type of cake. I’m certainly going to have to try this.

  5. Evelyn says:

    I’ve made an oatmeal cake without the chips; the icing had evaporated milk and coconut; it was always a hit but I haven’t made it in years; since the kids moved on to other towns and/or other states. A 13 x 9 cake is just too much for two people and I never tried to figure out to make it smaller. Yours does look yummy though…………

  6. Becky says:

    I have a recipe similiar to this one, calls for some cocoa and chocolate chips. Reserve some chips to spread on top. It is so good and gets devoured every time we have it or take it to a dinner. I’ll try this one cuz it’s a bit different. My favorite bithday cake is german chocolate cake with coconut frosting that my mom would make, in a hear shaped pan becuz it was on Valentine’s Day! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Glyndalyn says:

    I made your Flaky Buttery Biscuits for supper yesterday. Very good. I have a variation of your Oat Cake, called the Bake and Take Cake. Yours looks lucious.

  8. Darlene says:

    I love oats anyway you fix them. This is so delicious looking. I will be making this.

  9. It’s not my birthday yet either, but I’m pretty sure I need to make one of these anyway. 🙂

  10. OMG, I am making this as soon as we get home from out of town. I already have all the ingredients. I love German chocolate cake, this looks heavenly (and easier).

    I’ll post back after I make it.

    *rollingeyes* I’m in heaven. Or will be. 😉


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