Oatmeal Cake with Brown Butter Icing

Topped with sweet icing, this hearty oatmeal-raisin cake has a homey, old-fashioned feel that’ll have the family requesting it time and again.

Oatmeal Cake with Brown Butter Icing

This oatmeal spice cake with browned butter frosting is a favorite cakes ever! The cake itself is delicious, but the frosting is what takes to another level
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake & Cupcakes, Desserts, Oatmeal Cake with Brown Butter Icing
Servings: 16
Calories: 372kcal



  • 1 ½ Sticks unsalted butter (12 Tbsp.)
  • 1 ½ cups Water
  • 1 cup Old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 ¼ cups Granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup Packed brown sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract


  • 2 cups All-purpose flour 
  • 1 tsp. Baking soda 
  • 1 tsp. Table salt  
  • 1 tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup Raisins


  • 4 tbsp. Unsalted butter
  • Chopped pecans
  • 1 ½ cups Powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of table salt
  • 2 tbsp. Milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

The Cake

  • Heat 1½ sticks butter and water in a saucepan until they boil. Pour boiling liquid over oats and let sit 5 minutes. Stir in granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and 1 tsp. vanilla.
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and raisins; stir flour mixture into oat mixture and pour into prepared dish. Bake cake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30–35 minutes.

The Icing

  • Melt 4 Tbsp. butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook butter until brown flecks appear in the bottom of the skillet, 10–12 minutes. Pour browned butter into a bowl.
  • Beat powdered sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and pinch of salt into butter with a mixer. Beat in milk and 1 tsp. vanilla until smooth. Spread icing on warm cake and top with pecans.


Per serving, Calories: 372

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories372
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 12g 19%
    • Saturated Fat 7g 35%
  • Cholesterol 65mg 22%
  • Sodium 298mg 13%
  • Total Carbohydrate 62g 21%
    • Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
  • Protein 4g 8%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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    Written by Lisa Yarde

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