Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping

You know what they say about “an apple a day”…

Three of my grands live in a spot where these huge apples are produced. They have orchards and wineries surrounding their home.

Now add their Mom, (our oldest daughter) and Dad who like to make tasty treats with all the abundance that surrounds them. One of their tried and true favorites, Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping is even better lightened up with applesauce and non fat half-and half. It’s a delicious cake that has stood the test of time. Go ahead, try the lower fat version. I’m sure you will be pleased.

Bake the cake…it’s a snap!

As soon as it comes out of the oven, flip your oven to broil and spread the topping on the cake.

Place it under the broiler and watch it carefully, for a couple of minutes.

Serve it with lots of love and enjoy!

Oatmeal Cake with
 Broiled Topping

  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla


  • In a small bowl, combine oats and water; let stand for 20 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the sugars, applesauce and eggs. Add oat mixture; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and nutmeg; gradually add to batter and mix well.
  • Pour into a 13″ x 9″ baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Combine frosting ingredients; spread over hot cake. Broil 6 inches from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. Makes 15 servings.

Light apple-liciousness to you!

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Angel

    This looks great! I’ve been looking for lower fat alternatives for the holidays. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Debbie

    yay!!!! And it’s light too. The husband would LOVE this one. I never did get to make that salad from last week so maybe this weekend I can do both.

    You have such a beautiful family…
    I’m sure you knew that already, but I felt the need to yak that out.

  3. La

    Ooo…that looks yummy. Your daughter has a beautiful family. La

  4. Jennifurla

    I would love to live where they live! Lovely cake, the topping is to die for

  5. Julie Harward

    They have such a beautiful family..thanks for sharing them ;D

  6. LDH

    Sounds super yummy! Beautiful daughter and family 🙂

  7. Andrea


  8. Allie

    What a beautiful family!
    My Dad actually makes this cake all the time. I love it!

  9. Pondside

    Your daughter and her family are lovely.
    I always like broiled topping – the cake sounds wonderful.

  10. Melanie

    I’m saving this recipe.

  11. semicrunchymama

    Oh, this looks decadent! I love apple recipes (there’s an apple orchard only about five minutes from my home, so we’re happily overrun with apples every autumn!)
    Your daughter has a beautiful family, that’s a lovely photo!

  12. Pam

    Now that is my kind of cake! YUM.

  13. Bumpkin Bears

    So glad I came across your Blog today, that cake looks delicious! Catherine x

  14. Erin@likegrandmas

    Hey Gnee, I didn’t see your contact info, but thank you for the b-day wishes… Hope the house hunting is going well!

  15. Kathleen

    Thanks for your sweet comment about being a Girl Scout leader on my blog. It really made my day.
    But….yum-ola! This recipe looks wonderful. We’re definitely going to give it a try this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Julie

    Hi! Congrats on selling the house. You must be on overload thinking about what lies ahead.

    What a beautiful picture of your daughter and her family.

  17. Courtney

    Yum! You are quite the chef!

  18. Jami

    This sounds perfect for fall! I love that you converted the recipe to a healthier cake. Can’t wait to try!

  19. Pattie T.

    This looks delicious. My mother used to make a cake like this. It makes me wonder why she stopped. Lost the recipe maybe? I think I’ll give her yours. 😉

  20. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy

    what a beautiful family! Your daughter is lovely. AND a fun recipe on top of it all! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday’s!

  21. Meg

    Yum! yum, yum, yum! What a great family picture, too! 😉

  22. bella (roz)

    You never fail to amaze me with your recipes and your photography gift! Once again thank you for having two of the most inspirational posts that were shared last week on my get together which I featured today. I hope you stop by again with more fabulous posts and I also wish you a most blessed Thanksgiving with you and yours! Roz


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