Plus, I like to do fun things for Tim to tell him he's my valentine more than once a year. I write notes and put them in his lunch. I surprise him with a special dessert on random days. And I still ask him on dates, such as to go on a walk, to go out to dinner, see a movie, etc.
So while I'm happy that Valentines day is coming up, I hope it's not the only day he feels utterly and completely loved.
If you happen to be spending a lovely night and dinner at home with your family or loved one, this may be a perfect treat to surprise them with! Valentines day, or any other day. I know chocolate is traditional, but there's something about the combination of coconut, nuts and sugar that draws me in.
Super easy to make, and the cake was light and fluffy. The coconut topping gave it most of the sweetness, but wasn't too sweet. Kept well for leftovers the next day too. I served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (A bit of overindulgence? Yep, guilty).
Oatmeal Spice Cake
from Tammy's Recipes
Spice Cake Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup quick oats
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, softened or melted
1 cup water
2 tablespoons molasses
Coconut Topping Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons light cream or whole milk
Measure all cake ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Blend 1/2 minute on low speed, and then for 3 minutes on high.
Pour batter into a greased 9 x 13 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool cake slightly.
To make coconut topping, melt butter in sauce pan. Add brown sugar and stir over medium heat until sugar is mostly dissolved. Add coconut, pecans, and cream. Spread topping over cake and broil cake for 2-3 minutes, until topping is bubbly and browned.
More cakes to try:
- Our favorite Carrot Cake
- Lavender Chiffon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, from Fresh from the Oven
- German Chocolate Cake, from David Lebovitz
- Mocha Rum Cake, from Joy the Baker