Farm Country Cinnamon Oatmeal Cake

I was just thinking about food staging and the pictures I take for my blog.  And as much as I’d like to spend hours staging my food with cute little props and scads of backgrounds I seldom do.   Heck, some days I’m lucky if I remember to place a fork next to the food I make if one is required – like this cake for example.  I really hope this doesn’t deter my readers from drooling over the things that I make from time to time, but truthfully, not being able to spend hours perfecting my photo’s with the perfect backgrounds makes me feel slightly inadequate as a blogger.  Maybe it’s because blogging can be (regardless of what other bloggers will admit) somewhat competitive.  I think it’s fairly safe to say that everyone wants their blog to be liked.  Right?

Have you ever made a cake that is so moist that you can actually hear it when you are cutting it?  Well, this is happens to be one of those cakes.  I found this recipe digging through my mom’s recipe box.  I’m not sure that I ever remember her making this cake, and there was no mention on the recipe card of where it originated from, but this much I can tell you – it’s moist and delicious. One thing that I found odd about this recipe is that it didn’t suggest what kind of frosting the cake should be topped off with.   I opted to keep it simple and made a confectionary sugar glazed icing that I drizzled on top, but I’m also thinking a nut or coconut frosting, or even just a dollop of fresh whipped cream would be a tasty on this too.

Farm Country Oatmeal Cinnamon Cake

1 c. old-fashioned oatmeal

1 1/2 c. boiling water

1 c. granulated sugar

1 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. margarine or butter

2 eggs

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. vanilla

1 c. raisins (optional)

1 c. chopped nuts (optional)

Generously grease 10”x14” cake pan.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Place oats in a separate bowl and pour boiling water over top.  Let set 20 minutes.

In a separate mixing bowl, cream together sugar, margarine, and eggs.  Add salt, baking soda, cinnamon and flour; mix thoroughly.  Add in prepared oatmeal and vanilla’; beat until all ingredients are combined.  Fold in raisins and/or nuts.  Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.  Cool and top with your favorite icing.

I shared this cake with friends and family and their feedback has been great.  A definite must make again!

All you food bloggers out there, how much time do you spend working on food staging for your photographs?



18 thoughts on “Farm Country Cinnamon Oatmeal Cake

  1. I am right there with you Eileen. I can’t spend as much time on staging as some other bloggers do…but I know that I love the posts you share here. They are beautiful and thoughtful and so very delicious. This cake is a great example. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  2. This cake looks delicious!!! Can;t wait to try baking it 🙂 Love your photographs too. I feel I need to work harder on mine… more often than not it’s “darn i need to take a picture”…& the camera battery’s dead!!

    1. I know what you mean about those dreaded batteries. That’s happened to mee too. I guess we just have to do what we have time for, and some days it’s more, and some days it’s less.

  3. Sometimes I don’t do much with my pictures, instead would rather devour the treat LOL! I always love your photos, and wish I could grab a fork and dig in! This cake sounds so delicious! Hugs, Terra

  4. It’s funny how critical we all are of our own blogs. Since I started reading your blog, I have admired your photos for their simplicity…while still being beautiful. And the cake? I’ve already pinned it. It sounds — and looks — great!

    1. I’d love to bring you a piece of cake! Heck, I’d bring you a whole pan 🙂 I’m not sure how long it takes to get from NY to Texas but I fear I might not make it in time for breakfast – lol!


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