Monday, November 8, 2010

Baked on Monday - Oat Spice Cake

I hope you all had a nice weekend. If you turned your clock back an hour, did it throw you off? I have to say I'm a fan of "falling back". Zzzz.

After a weekend of work, it's nice to start off the week with a little baking. I've made a delicious cake from the Rebar Modern Food cook book. Rebar is a great little restaurant in Victoria, BC. I've had this book for about a decade, and it's probably our most used cook book (hence the greasy marks all over it).

Oat Spice Cake - makes one 9" cake
(fyi, this isn't a typical cake, in texture. It's more oatmeal like. Make sense?)

2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup softened unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup unbleached, all purpose, flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 whipping cream (you don't need to actually "whip" it ;) )
2 cups toasted coconut
1 1/2 cups roasted cashews

Preheat oven to 350F/180c. Lightly grease a 9" spring form pan. Combine the oats, butter, sugar, and boiling water and blend thoroughly and set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and spices. Add dry mix to the wet mix and fold together gently. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until a skewer, inserted in centre of cake, comes out clean.

To make the topping, toast the coconut in a pan until lightly golden and fragrant (so it smells like you're on a tropical beach). Keep your eyes on it, as it can burn, instead of "toast", rather quickly! Combine all of the topping ingredients in a saucepan and heat the mixture until the butter melts and all is well blended. Pour the mixture over top of the baked cake while it's still in the pan. Carefully place the cake under the broiler for about 2 minutes, until the topping turns golden brown. Keep a close watch on it, as it will (and does!) caramelize very quickly. Cool, serve and enjoy!

I'll be back soon. I've got a little give away coming up too. Keep you posted!

Have a good Monday (or Tuesday)!


jan said...

Oh wouldn't that go well with that delicious coffee you make. I can hardly wait to get my kitchen in order to try out all these recipes that you're teasing me with. I"ll be on your blog for weeks.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Ooo yummy! I had an spicy oat biscuit in Starbucks the other day and it was delicious so this is bound to be even better!

Pinecone Camp said...

Jan, you will soon have a little something called a Brikka to make your own delicious coffee ;)
Will, I will have to see if there is an oat biscuit in our Starbucks. I love all oaty things!

LAURA!!! said...

oh my. I would really like a slice of that right now.

Where My Heart Is said...

Oh I have to try this recipe it looks delicious. I made the corn bread last week and served it with chili, everyone loved it. Thanks for giving me weekly inspiration.

flwrjane said...

Now this is totally my kind of cake.

Oat biscuits in Starbucks? In the states too?

xo Jane

Kerry said...

Do you think I could kid myself into thinking that this would be a really healthy snack? No? Don't care, looks fabulous!

leslie said...

This looks so yummy. I am huge fan of the Rebar cookbook but have not made this cake and now I must!!! Thank you for the inspiration.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

so i am sitting here by my woodfire..listening to Christmas music {don't tell anybody} and i am spinning through blogger reader and whoa.stop. look at that cake...and then i see it is you...looks so wonderful. i think i can smell it from here...i am making it this week...

me too. love the "Fall Back"...i'm with ya on that one. zzzzzzzzzz :-)

kary and teddy

KaReN EiLeeN said...

Thank you for stopping by to visit Tessie. She is a funny bird. Love your recipe. I will try it....and eat every bite!

Jenn said...

This looks amazing! I love your baked mondays. You always pick such amazing recipes to feature :)

Dawn said...

My kind of dessert:)
Anything with cashews is my favorite!!!!

emma@marionhousebook said...

Thanks for reminding me to pull out my Rebar cookbook again! It's been awhile but I find so many of their dishes suit an autumn day. We always stop in for a visit whenever we're in town.

heather yalin said...

Yum! This looks delish, maybe for Tuesday breakfast, I love cashews!

Missing Goat said...

we forgot about the time change - really got us confused on Sunday night! It's all fine and dandy till your wee one gets up at 6am now instead of 7am. I am not a time change fan.

koralee said...

Ok...this does look like heaven. I do know Rebar...lovely spot..but then Victoria is lovely itself..we use to live there. xoxo

Tuesday hugs. xoxo

Marcus Design said...

This looks delicious! Makes me want to run out and buy the ingredients NOW! Thanks for the inspiration, I will definitely bookmark this one for upcoming Holiday parties.

Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo said...

Looks great,I will have to tray it!!!..have so many recipes on my 'to do' list but this one is going there for sure :-)

mise said...

A giveaway you say? I'll just have a slice of this lovely cake while I prepare myself mentally and spiritually for it.

Jaclyn said...

perfect way to start the week - hope you have a good one!

lisaroyhandbags said...

mmm this looks delicious and the texture seems so yummy - love the sound of the cashew topping - definitely making this on the weekend! :)

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Too many wonderful ingredients to not give this cake a try. It's a must..must!!

Thank you so much for passing this along. I know it's going to be a hit.

Have a fabulous Tuesday! xx

Melissa Blake said...

This looks so yummy!! xoxo

Robe said...

Delicious, and YES, keep the clocks turning backwards!!!!!

red ticking said...


have a great day...xx


This looks insanely good! It makes my mouth water!

Ps: Thought the giveaway I'm currently running might tickle your fancy!

elisa said...

h u n g r y. and completely thrown by the time. somehow i can never calculate whether my children should be going to be earlier or later! (so they default to later).

sunday collector said...

Hi Janis. Your photos always make me so hungry!
Am more than happy to give you a brief on must visit shops in Sydney before you arrive - and I can do it in the 'areas' so you aren't leaving too far from the centre of Sydney! - not to early for Christmas! I can post some of my shoots once the magazines come out. Love your shots.