Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake

May 4, 2013

Just imagine… It’s a very stressful week at both at your job(s) and in your personal life.  Deadlines need to be met and people must be pleased, all the while you keep a smile plastered on your face.  One of the only bits of joy and solitude you find in your daily routine is in the mornings.  You wake up three hours before you leave for work to get everything done, just so you can have “veg time” with your hot cup of tea, your computer screen, and an amazing slice of oatmeal chocolate chip cake.  It pleases you because the cake instantly wins you over by the familiar flavors of a dense carrot cake or banana bread, while offering the indulgence of an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.  The supremely sweet and smooth cream cheese frosting fools you into thinking that it’s your birthday… every morning.

This was last week for me, but not to worry… I pulled through it with the help this cake and a few good friends with encouraging words.  Suppose I’ll go for a run (or five) now…

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BAKED Cookbooks

This recipe comes from Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito’s second cookbook, Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented, published in 2010.  I fell in love with their fist book, Baked: New Frontiers in Baking, about 5 years ago when I just happened to pick it up in a book store.  They speak to my soul (and stomach) in numerous ways.  These two guys have a knack for taking classic recipes and elevating them to the highest level… “fancying” things up a bit.  They also have some great original recipes that are sure impress the biggest of critics.  I also contribute my first understanding and usage of a candy thermometer in making their recipe for Peanut Butter Crispy Bars (indulgent to the maximum).

Normally, their desserts are a bit time-consuming to make, so when I saw that this one only required three bowls, a 9×13 dish, and standard baking/kitchen equipment… I knew I had to try it.

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First things first… we begin with two of the best treats in the world: chocolate chips and whiskey.  The original recipe calls for bourbon, but I’m a Jack Daniels kind of gal.

Mix the chips with liquor of your choosing and then add a bit of flour.  Stir to coat.  This will keep the chips from settling at the bottom during baking.  Have a swig of whiskey for yourself, too.  Pro tips, I tell you.

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Now, here’s a fun step.  Place rolled oats and cubed butter in a bowl.  Pour boiling water over the mixture, wait 30 seconds, and stir to moisten.  We could just stop here and have ourselves a nice bowl of oatmeal, but let’s continue… it gets better.

*Side Note:  You’ll need to let this oat mixture cool down for at least 25 minutes before adding it to the other ingredients.  Plan ahead or just use the refrigerator to help things along, like I did.

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Next, all the baking essentials are whisked together; eggs, granulated sugar, dark brown sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon.

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Magic is happening!  Fold the cooled oat mixture with the sugar/leavening mixture until well combined.  1 1/2 c. of flour is also added.

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In go the whiskey and flour coated chocolate chips.

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The batter gets poured into a buttered 9×13-inch glass dish and into the oven it goes.  40-45 minutes at 375 degrees F.

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As if this couldn’t get any better, cream cheese frosting is added after the cake has cooled.  Butter, cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar, and vanilla extract are creamed together until smooth.  Go ahead, this stuff needs to be sampled before it is slathered on top.

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This cake can be sliced and served immediately, but I think it tastes better chilled.  Eat as an naughty breakfast with hot tea or coffee, a snack, dessert, and/or midnight snack… For Heavens sake, make time for cake!

Recipe slightly adapted from Baked Explorations and Shutterbean.  For the full recipe, click here: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting from Simplified Feast


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