Picnic Cake

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This is such a unique and yummy cake. It is an old fashioned recipe with the base of oatmeal. I love the chocolate with cinnamon flavor, it reminds me of Mexican hot chocolate. The best part (other than how easy it is to prepare) is the brown sugar and chocolate topping. As it bakes it forms an irresistible crust on top that is perfect for freshly whipped cream! I am not sure why I took a picture of my piece without the whipped cream–but you can see the amazing crust below. Mmmmmm this is such a tasty dessert!

Picnic Cake
submitted by Melanie Christensen

1 ¾ cup boiling water
1 cup oatmeal
½ cup butter (1 cube)
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 ¾ cup flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cinnamon
2 TB cocoa
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 bag chocolate chips, divided
½ cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Pour boiling water over butter and oatmeal in mixing bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes. Add sugars and mix well using a spoon (NOT A MIXER). Add eggs and mix. Add dry ingredients and ½ of chocolate chips. Pour into a greased and floured 9×13 pan. Sprinkle with remaining choc. Chips and ½ cup brown sugar over the top. Bake at 350 for 30 min. Serve with whipped cream.


  1. Jen V says

    Looks super delicious!!

    Erin – will you post your homemade pesto recipe? Also, do you plant your basil in a garden, or in a planter box?

    LOVE this site!!

  2. Erin says

    Melanie, this looks DELISH. You gave me this recipe so long ago, but I haven’t tried it yet. Now that I have a ‘vision’ of what it’s like, I will probably find an excuse to make it tomorrow!!

    Hi Jen, Sure, I’ll post the pesto recipe – I’ve actually been intending to; it is so good! I probably won’t have enough basil to make it for a few weeks, and once I do I will take a photo and post it right away. :) (If you need it sooner, let me know and I could just email you the recipe.) Yes, some years I plant the basil in the garden and other years I use XXL plastic pots. I usually plant three basil, and they become pretty big by the end of the season. But you have to have a lot of basil leaves to make pesto, so it’s nice to have a few plants to steal leaves off of.

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