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Monday
Mar072011

Irish Oatmeal Cake + Irish Cream Frosting

Well friends, we're a week away from St. Patty's Day and just in case you are hosting a party or simply celebrating your Irish (or non-Irish) heritage, this cake is tops for any occasion. Let's face it, everyone's Irish on St. Patty's day, right? Even if only for the beer.

Since I have already brought you Irish stout cupcakes and the best ever Irish soda bread, this year I knew I had to change it up a bit. After a bit of brainstorming, I realized that I just had to make something with Irish oatmeal. It's one of my favorite ways to eat oats. And of course, it wouldn't be a celebration without some cake. Am I right or am I right?

This cake is extremely moist and sweet. As Shaun (aka Mr. No Sweets) claimed, it's comparable to eating a soft oatmeal cookie with sweet frosting. And I couldn't find a thing wrong with that claim. The cake has a great textrue while tasting like oatmeal with cinnamon. But in a cake form. Oh and the Bailey's frosting? I mean, you cannot go wrong with this one. Pour yourself a whiskey and cut a giant slice of cake because friends, it's time to celebrate the Irish the best way I know how...with food!

 

Irish Oatmeal Cake + Irish Cream Frosting
*Adapted from McCann's Irish Oatmeal
For the cake:
1 C quick cooking Irish oatmeal (I used McCann's)
1 1/2 C boiling water
1 C brown sugar (I made my own)
1 C granulated sugar
1/2 C butter, softened
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 C all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
For the frosting:
4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 C confectioners' sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp Bailey's Irish coffee creamer (or 1 tsp Bailey's Irish Cream liquer)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the boiling water and oatmeal; set aside for 10 minutes. Next, add the butter and mix together until combined. Add brown sugar, sugar, vanilla extract and eggs. Mix well. Pour in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix gently until completely combined. Pour into a greased 9x9" baking dish. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

While it's cooling, make the frosting. Mix the butter and cream cheese together until fluffy. Add the sugar, 1 cup at a time and mix on medium-high until combined. Add vanilla and Bailey's, until your desired flavor is reached. I used the coffee creamer because I had it on hand, but the liquer would have been divine as well (Note: Use significantly less liquer than creamer since it's more concentrated flavor).

Spread over the cooled cake and serve!

So there you have it. A quick and simple sweet cake that's perfect for any St. Patty's Day celebration. Or a Tuesday night. Or any day that's not St. Patty's Day. So what do you think? Do you celebrate St. Patty's Day?

Reader Comments (12)

love that you made your own brown sugar! cake looks yummy!

mmmm!! Looks moist and yummy. I only celebrated St. Patty's day with my first grade classes!! Before they came in that morning, I would mess up the classroom (knock over desks,books,materials), leave gold chocolate coins in each of their cubbies, and sprinkle green glitter in a path where he "ran around." They loved it!

Damn girl... oatmeal cake sounds like something I need in my life!! My family always did corned beef and cabbage for St. Patty's Day, and consequently I've been craving it hardcore!

This cake looks terrific, I've never tried oatmeal cake before! I also have a weakness for cream cheese frosting so I can't see this going bad!

That looks amazing! A soft oatmeal cookie with sweet frosting?!!?!? Mmmmmmmm. I think my whole family could inhale that in a second--it's right up our alley :)

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Wow look at that buttercream! Looks so delicious!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA Bowl Of Mush

I've tried Irish Soda bread before and really enjoyed it! I'm sure this cake would be delciious! Especially when you say how moist it is! Yum!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterthehealthyapron

I have never thought about putting oatmeal in a cake! I bet it has a great caramel-y flavor! And the frosting - don't even get me started!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan (Oliepants)

This is the perfect March snack - I have a friend whose favorite holiday is St. Patty's Day, and this will be the perfect present! Thank you for sharing!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauraJayne

Dear Rachel,

I want this cake. RIGHT NOW. Holy moly, do those pictures look fantastic!!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa @ Life of bLyss

This cake looks so yummy,and Baileys frosting.. who wouldnt want a slice!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKel

i am going to try this recipe it looks very delicous.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteradaline

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