1½ cups boiling water
1 cup quick cooking oatmeal (pour boiling water over oats and set aside)
½ cup butter room temperature
1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
1 cup sugar
1½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup walnuts chopped
6 tablespoons butter
¼ cup milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
Put oats into a medium bowl. Pour boiling water and set aside.
In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs until well-combined. At a lower speed, add the soaked oats then the flour, soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix until well-combined.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 30 minutes, or until you can stick in a toothpick and it comes out clean. Set aside to cool but do not remove from pan.
Turn the oven broiler on.
For the topping: In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine the sugars, coconut, walnuts, butter and milk and heat until melted. Stir in vanilla. Pour over cooled cake.
Place cake under broiler about 5 minutes but watch carefully so it does not burn. When sugars bubble it is done. Cool completely; topping will harden when cooled.
Serves 12 to 15.
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