How To Make The Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake The Old Fashioned Way

Do you want to make your own lazy daisy oatmeal cake at home? This scrumptious cake is a favorite of mine because it reminds me of my childhood. My grandmother used to make this during family gatherings and other events.

Not only does this taste delicious, but it’s also so easy to make. All you need are a few basic ingredients to make the cake and the topping. The cake is already enjoyable on its own, but with the topping, it makes the cake even more inviting.

To learn how to cook this wonderful recipe, check the ingredients and the steps below.


What You’ll Need

For The Cake


What You’ll Need-For The Cake

One of the basic ingredients of this cake are the oats- you can use instant or rolled. If you want more texture to your cake, opt for rolled oats because they can hold their shape pretty well during baking. For this recipe, you’ll need one cup of oats.

Both rolled and instant offer fiber which can help reduce your cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of certain diseases like Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. They’re also an excellent source of calcium and iron.

Boiling Water

What You’ll Need-For The Cake

To cook the oats, you’ll need about 3/4 boiling water. For safety from water contaminants, boil filtered or distilled water. You’ll know that the water is boiling if the roaring fades and the water makes a gentle splashing with vapor bubbles.

Butter (Set Some Aside For Topping)

What You’ll Need-For The Cake

Butter is made from milk fat and takes a rich flavor when churned. You’ll need about five tablespoons of butter to make the cake and another four tablespoons for the topping. Depending on your preference, you can choose salted or unsalted.

You may need to set aside a very little amount to grease the cake pan. You can use a paper towel to spread it inside the pan. Alternatively, you can use margarine. To avoid compromising the taste of your cake, opt for stick margarine with 80% oil content.

Sugar (Set Some Brown Sugar Aside For Topping)

What You’ll Need-For The Cake

In making the cake, you’ll need two types of sugar: one cup granulated and one cup brown sugar. You many need another 1/2 cup of brown sugar for the topping. The sugar will give the sweetness to the cake and the topping.

Granulated sugar fits perfectly to fragile textured cakes, like the lazy daisy, and they dissolve quickly too. Brown sugar, on the other hand, has a pleasant taste due to the retention of some surface molasses syrup.


What You’ll Need-For The Cake

To make your lazy daisy oatmeal cake light and richer, you need two whole eggs to beat. When buying eggs in stores, always choose those that are clean with uncracked shells. Always look at the sell-by date and never buy those that go past that date or you’ll be dealing with bad eggs.

All-Purpose Flour

What You’ll Need-For The Cake

The most common flour utilized in baking is all-purpose flour. It contains about 10-13% of protein and it will do well at almost all baking needs. The flour works as a binding agent that holds all ingredients together. For this recipe, you’ll need about a-1/4 cup of all-purpose flour. You many need to set aside a small amount for dusting the cake pan.

Baking Soda

What You’ll Need-For The Cake

To rise the dough, you need baking soda. According to Chef Susan Reid, cakes using baking soda often give a darker and crisper output. Make sure that you don’t use too much of this base mineral because it can also make your cake taste soapy and bitter. In this recipe, you’ll only need one teaspoon of baking soda.

Milk (Set Some Aside For Topping)

What You’ll Need-For The Cake

Along with water, you need milk to cook the oats. The milk tends to create a thicker and richer oatmeal. For that richer flavor, opt for whole milk. You’ll need about 1/2 cup milk in making the cake and another three tablespoons for the topping.

Spices And Flavorings

What You’ll Need-For The Cake

To add flavor to the cake, you’ll need one teaspoon vanilla, one teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Vanilla and salt work similarly in enhancing all the other flavors in the cake. Without them, the cake will taste dull and bland.

A little bit of cinnamon in your cake will add intensity to the flavor of the cake. Nutmeg will give that slightly sweet, warm and spicy aroma. It goes well with other flavors, like cinnamon and vanilla.

For The Topping

Chopped Nuts

What You’ll Need-For The Topping

To give a pleasant crunch to your cake, you can use about one cup of chopped nuts in the topping. You can use walnuts or pecans. To chop nuts easily, you can use a food processor or if you have the skill, you can use a chef’s knife and rock the blade across the nuts.

Dry Coconut

What You’ll Need-For The Topping

To give texture on your topping, use about two cups of dry coconut. Depending on your taste, you can use sweetened or unsweetened. You can also choose between shredded or flakes. What I frequently use is the shredded sweetened variety because it gives more flavor.Equipment And Utensils


To prepare your oats for baking, you need a medium bowl to mix them with boiling water and milk. You can use any bowl you have in your kitchen. If you’re using plastic, make sure that it’s BPA-free so no chemicals will be leaching into your oats.


What You’ll Need-For The Topping

For great convenience, you can mix all ingredients for your cake in a mixer. There are mixers that come with a paddle attachment and other great accessories. If you have no stand mixer, you can use a hand mixer or a whisk.


What You’ll Need-For The Topping

To remove any bits and aerate the dry ingredients (e.g. flour, baking soda, etc.) of your cake, you’ll need a strainer to sift them. You need to sift the flour with other dry ingredients so they combine more evenly.

Square Cake Pan

To bake your cake inside the oven, you need a 9”x 9” pan. Try to get one that's made of heavy-gauge steel to offer an even-heating performance. Before you pour in the ingredients, grease the pan properly to prevent the cooked cake from sticking.

Silicone Spatula

What You’ll Need-For The Topping

Whether you’re folding, stirring, or emptying bowls, a silicone spatula is a great kitchen tool to have in your kitchen. Silicone is heat resistant and easy to clean. For this recipe, you’ll be needing it to stir some ingredients.


What You’ll Need-For The Topping

To combine all the ingredients of your topping properly, you need to heat them in a small saucepan. You can use any available saucepan in your home.

The Procedure: How To Make The Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake

1.Prepare The Oven, Oats, And Pan

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, milk, and boiling water. Set aside for 20 minutes. To grease the pan, rub a paper towel with some butter and spread it inside thoroughly. Add some flour and make sure that you get all sides covered. To remove any excess flour, turn the pan upside down and tap it.

2.Bake The Cake

In a mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Next, add the brown and granulated sugar to beat until light. Mix in the eggs and vanilla. Beat well on medium-high speed until it gets thick and light in color.

Now, place the strainer over the mixer and sift the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Beat well on low speed because you don’t want the flour coming up. Detach the beaters from the creamed mixture and stir in the oat mixture using your silicone spatula. You can blend this by hand or you can use the mixer at a very low speed.

In your greased and floured pan, pour in the batter. Use the spatula to empty out all the batter from the mixer’s bowl. Bake for about 50-60 minutes or until the cake has turned golden brown. When it’s done, remove from the oven and let it cool on your counter or if you have a wire rack, the better.

3.Make The Topping

In a small saucepan, heat the butter, brown sugar, and milk over medium heat. You want everything to melt together. Using your silicone spatula, stir the mixture and bring it just to a boil. Remove from heat and fold the coconut and chopped nuts. Blend well and pour the topping over the warm cake. Spread the topping evenly.

4.Broil The Cake

Put the cake back with the topping into the oven, under the broiler. Broil for about 1-3 minutes or until the frosting is bubbly and slightly tinted with gold. Watch the cake carefully because the topping tends to burn easily. Now, you’re done with the lazy daisy oatmeal cake. Serve and enjoy.

Tips From The Experts

Tips From The Experts

1.Use A Toothpick

The cake is one of hardest things to test for doneness because you can’t easily tell by watching it. Baking Bites suggests using a toothpick. To do this test, insert the toothpick into the cake. If it pulls outs clean, then the cake is already cooked. If it comes with a wet batter, then you need more time to bake the cake.

2.Use Ingredients At Right Temperature

To bake a cake successfully, BBC Good Food suggests using some fat and eggs at room temperature. If you use cold butter, it won’t cream well. Cold eggs tend to make curdles to the cake mixture.

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Making a lazy daisy oatmeal cake is really easy. All you need to do is follow the right measurement of ingredients and use proper equipment. Aside from being easy to make, the cake tastes very delicious and is even a good conversation piece at a party.

Did you find the recipe easy to follow? If you have any questions about or suggestions for the article, please let us know in the comments section. You can also share this article by any means!

Paula Hughes

I’m Paula, and I’m absolutely in love with food blogs. I’m a foodie at heart but being the mother of two small boys, it’s not always easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so I rely on the support of other blogging moms like me to help along the way.

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