Years ago, I made an oatmeal cake that was moist, dense and delicious with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting slathered over the top. When out-of-town friends visited recently, I went to my recipe file and found the newspaper clipping that insprired the cake many years ago.
I added a seasonal touch to the cake with the addition of chopped, locally grown apples. Since I had a ripe banana in the freezer, I stirred that into the batter, too, and added a bit of cinnamon to the cream cheese frosting for good measure.
Oatmeal, tart apples, cinnamon and banana paired with cream cheese – it can’t get much better – unless you add some chopped toasted pecans. I shared the cake with others and discovered that a short length of cinnamon stick poked into each piece of cake worked well as a support for plastic wrap, preventing it from sticking to the frosting and ruining the cake’s attractiveness. Not that you’ll be inclined to share the cake once you’ve tasted it.
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Sue Doeden blogs at http://sdoeden.areavoices.com/