Pipe Dream #236: To Sneak in Snacks – Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

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For your cold and chocolate fixes…

{Get a looka that crinkly icing!}

…this oatmeal cake is sure to warm you up.

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This cake is so full of chocolate, I barely know where to begin. First comes the cake layer, a dense cocoa oat slice studded with semisweet chocolate chips. The oats in the cake don’t come off as oatmeal; they just keep everything moist and hearty. Then follows a sugary chocolate icing that includes MARSHMALLOWS (cue singing aloud for joy). It’s that kind of rich icing that you almost can’t eat with a spoon because of its intensity, but then you can because its fudge rippliness is so irresistible.

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I don’t often allow myself to make this kind of “snack cake.” Too much “evening out the slices,” if you catch my drift. (Can you see how I took out that little mini edge so it would be straight? Ha.) By the end of the afternoon, my “snack” has turned into “dinner.” Better to save a cake for a celebration?

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On the other hand…not. Snack cakes have their place. Especially with icing like that.

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Indulge yourselves, snackas,


Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

Adapted slightly from Pinch of Yum

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
½ cup butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1¾ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup quick cooking oats
1¾ cups boiling water
1 12 oz bag chocolate chips, divided
6 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons milk
1½ cups sugar
½-3/4 cup chocolate chips
½-3/4 cup mini marshmallows or regular marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350. With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars. Add the eggs and mix well.
Add flour, soda, salt and cocoa and mix until just incorporated.

Add the water to the oatmeal and let stand for a few minutes. Once the oats are soft, add oats mixture to the batter and mix well. Stir in six ounces of the chocolate chips (half).

Pour the batter into a greased 9×13 pan. Sprinkle the top of the cake with the other half of the chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until the surface springs back lightly when touched. Do not overbake. Let cool completely.

For the icing , melt the butter, sugar, and milk in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a boil and boil for 30 seconds. Reduce the heat to low and add the chocolate chips and marshmallows. Stir briskly until icing is smooth. Pour immediately over the cooled cake. Allow the frosted cake to cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.

1 Response to “Pipe Dream #236: To Sneak in Snacks – Chocolate Oatmeal Cake”

  1. 1 momwhearingloss November 27, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Reblogged this on MOMWHEARINGLOSS and commented:
    I just had to reblog this recipe. I haven’t made this this yummy cake yet, but I’m gonna. Chocolate and marshmallows -need I say more.

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