An irresistible chocolate cake recipe everyone will adore

Oatmeal Chocolate Cake Recipe with Coconut Pecan Frosting

Chocolate Cake Recipe from Shelley Adams Whitewater Cooks and Icing Recipes from Susan Holwegner (my mom!) 


Today July 7th is World Chocolate Day so we are posting a soulful food recipe since balanced living should always include foods chosen exclusively for taste and social fun. 

As the Chocoholic Nutritionist naturally you can bet if I’m making a birthday cake for a family member, I’m going to make a chocolate cake.  Here is my go-to recipe for my favorite chocolate cake. I’d personally suggest the coconut pecan frosting as my number one choice, but this cake is also delicious with a traditional chocolate cream cheese icing too.  

This chocolate cake recipe doubles beautifully to fit into a 12 1/2-inch round cake pan (or a 9 by 13-inch cake pan) and feeds at least 16 and more, if some of them are little ones.

Serves 8  

What You Need 

Oatmeal Chocolate Cake Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Icing Option 1:  Coconut Pecan Frosting Ingredients  

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup chopped pecans 

Icing Option 2: Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing 

  • 1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 4 tbsp butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 ½ cups icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla 

How to Make the Oatmeal Chocolate Cake Recipe

  1. Pour boiling water into a small mixing bowl with oats. Let stand 10 minutes. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, then vanilla. 
  3. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt. 
  4. Alternating wet and dry, add oat mixture and dry ingredients to creamed butter mixture in three parts. Stir after each addition until smooth. 
  5. Pour batter into a greased 9-inch springform pan. 
  6. Bake at 350°F for approximately 30 minutes until skewer inserted into middle of cake comes out clean. 
  7. Ice with your favorite icing or cover in whipped cream! 


If you are making coconut pecan frosting: 

  1. Combine the first five icing ingredients in a pot and stir over medium heat until thickened, about 12 minutes. 
  2. Add flaked coconut and chopped pecans 
  3. Stir until thick enough to spread 

If you are instead making chocolate cream cheese icing: 

  1. Combine all the ingredients in your mixer and beat until smooth. 

If you tried this Oatmeal Chocolate Cake recipe, let us know and share your thoughts down below in the comments or tag us on Facebook and Instagram @healthstandnutrition! 

Nutrients per serving

742 Calories 
95.5 g Carbohydrate 
12 g Protein 
37 g Fat 
6 g Fiber 

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