My Inspiration . . .

I've always had a love for baking, but it wasn't until I was in college that I had a desire to learn how to cook. In 2009, I decided to start my own cooking blog so I could access my recipes from anywhere, and ktmadeit.com was born.

I love trying new recipes and finding ways to make them healthier & happier on the hips! I love everything about food: the taste, the smells, the presentation, the experimenting, etc. I love to entertain, so I figured this was a great way to bring people together. Hope you enjoy trying out some of the recipes. Happy cooking!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Oatmeal Cake


{ Prep time: 30 mins / Difficulty: Easy / Yields: 24 squares }

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 stick butter (1/4 cup)
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Click here for my cream cheese icing recipe!

Directions:
1. Measure oatmeal out in small bowl. Boil water; then add butter, and mix until dissolved. Pour over oatmeal and let stand 20 minutes.
2. While oatmeal is setting, mix together sugars and set aside. In a small bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Preheat oven to 325.
3. Spray a 9x13" pan with cooking spray. When oatmeal mixture is ready, beat well with electric mixer. Add sugar mixture, and beat really well (very important!). Beat eggs and add to mixture. Then add flour mixture and beat once more.
4. Place mixture in baking pan. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
5. Top with cream cheese icing (see link below) and chopped walnuts, if desired.

** Note: The less you open the oven to check on your cake, the better! Each time you open the oven, the temperature drops 10-25 degrees in a matter of seconds; resulting in a less fluffy cake. Only open the oven door when it's absolutely necessary. Use the oven light instead. **

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