As you know, I make a lot of layer cakes.  They are so much fun for me, and I spend plenty of time dreaming up new combinations of cakes, fillings, frostings, and garnish.  Sometimes though, I just want plain ol’ cake.  Cake to eat when the kids are finally in bed for the night.  Cake to enjoy with a big glass of milk.  Cake with no frills, no fuss, just good texture and even better taste.  This cake would never win in a beauty contest against some fancier varieties, but make no mistake about it – this is still very good cake.

If the word “oatmeal” in the title is a bit off-putting, don’t be fooled.  This bears no resemblance to the stuff we eat for breakfast.  It simply gives the cake a nice sturdy texture and a tiny bit of chew.  The broiled icing takes just minutes to mix up and is akin to a quick version of the filling or topping for a German chocolate cake.   As far as time and effort go, this is a very quick and easy dessert.  I was able to mix up the cake batter and have it in the oven in the few minutes it takes my little piglet to inhale her squash puree before she is handed off to me for her nightcap of milk.  She goes to sleep, the icing is browned, and poof!  Cake for dessert.