A brown sugar, coconut, and walnut topping makes this Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cake recipe completely irresistible. After just one bite, you'll add this delicious treat to your "easy dessert recipes" file to make again and again.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. Combine oats and boiling water in a small bowl; let stand for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening, granulated sugar, and the 1 cup brown sugar with an electric mixer until combined. Beat in eggs. Beat in oatmeal mixture. Add flour mixture; beat until combined. Spread batter in prepared pan.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Place pan on a wire rack.
For topping, in a saucepan, combine butter, coconut, the 2/3 cup brown sugar, and milk. Cook and stir until boiling. Stir in nuts. Spoon topping over hot cake; cool completely. Makes 16 servings.