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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting-there is nothing fancy about this cake, but it is a family favorite! It tastes like an oatmeal cookie, but in cake form!

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I love to bake, but I really don’t like baking cakes. I don’t have the patience or talent to create a beautiful layered cake. My decorating skills stop at sprinkles. Cake is also not my favorite dessert. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good piece of cake every once in awhile, but it is not my favorite dessert. Cookies will always have my heart.

I do love baking…and eating this Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. There is nothing fancy about it and that is why I love it. I can bake it in a 9×13 pan, slather it with cream cheese frosting, and call it good. It doesn’t need any fancy decorations because it is so good. This cake reminds me of a oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, but in cake form. No wonder it is my favorite:)

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe on A family favorite!

I’ve been making this cake for a few years now. The recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Baked Explorations. Every time I need an easy dessert to share with friends and family, I make this cake. It is always a hit and super easy to make!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe on Love this easy cake!

And sometimes I just make it because I am in the mood for something sweet and dessert is always a good idea. Plus, the baby really wanted to taste this cake. He started wiggling around as soon as he heard the word cake. :)

I try to make this cake for my dad every time he comes to visit. It is one of his favorite desserts. I always add in raisins if I am making the cake for my dad. He is a raisin fanatic. I like them in the cake too, but if you are raisin hater, you can stick to plain old chocolate chips. The cake is good either way!

If you are in the mood for dessert, but don’t want to hassle with anything fancy, make this Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. It is just good old fashioned dessert goodness!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: Serves 16

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

Total Time: 75 minutes

In the mood for dessert, but don't want to fuss with anything fancy? Make this Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. It is a family favorite!


For the cake:
1 1/4 cups water
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose Gold Medal flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into small cubes, at room temperature
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

For the cream cheese frosting:
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
5 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch glass or light-colored metal baking pan. Set aside.

2. Bring the water to a boil. Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl and toss them with the 2 tablespoons of flour. This will keep them from settling at the bottom during baking. Set aside.

3. Place the oats and butter cubes in a large bowl. Pour the boiling water over the oat mixture, wait 30 seconds, and stir to moisten all the oats and melt the butter. Let the oat mixtures set for 25 to 30 minutes.

4. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract, both sugars, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon until combined. Fold in the cooled oatmeal and stir until well combined. Gently fold in the remaining flour and then the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

5. Bake the cake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool on a wire rack until completely cooled.

6. While the cake is cooling make the cream cheese frosting. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until it is completely smooth. Add the cream cheese and beat until combined.
Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth, about 1 minute.

7. Frost the cooled the cake with cream cheese frosting. Cut into pieces and serve.

Note-The frosted cake can be kept refrigerated and tightly covered, for up to 3 days. I like the cake chilled or at room temperature. You can add 3/4 cup of raisins if you wish. My dad likes this cake with raisins:)

Recipe from Baked Explorations

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42 Responses to “Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Mmmm….. this cake looks delicious. Perfect for an afternoon treat.

  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — March 21, 2014 @ 6:45 am

    I love desserts like this! Sometimes you don’t want something fru fru and fancy pants and this looks like just the dessert! Cream cheese frosting is just about the best thing ever…and I can only imagine how good it is with this oatmeal chocolate chip cake! Pinned

  3. Chloe @ foodlikecake — March 21, 2014 @ 7:41 am

    Mmmmmm….I love this cake. Oatmeal cookies in cake form? I’ll take one please :-)

  4. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — March 21, 2014 @ 8:18 am

    Would it be inappropriate of me to eat this for breakfast?

  5. Jennie @themessybakerblog — March 21, 2014 @ 8:47 am

    You’re right, dessert is always a good idea. I love cookies all on their own, but top it with frosting… Yum!

  6. Linda — March 21, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    What kind of oatmeal do you use? I have steel cut handy can I use that?

  7. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — March 21, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    What an amazing treat!

  8. Jenny Flake — March 21, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    What a perfect cake! Love those flavors!!

  9. OMG! Now, this is my kind of cake!

  10. Claire Gallam — March 21, 2014 @ 10:56 am

    such a gorgeous, gorgeous cake!!!

  11. marla — March 21, 2014 @ 11:51 am

    I want this over the weekend!

  12. Debbi Ponzio — March 21, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    I LOVE oatmeal chocolate chip cookies…. but hate the time it takes to do cookies too! So this is a MUST TRY for me!! In fact making it tonight to have for my 3 grandsons doing and overnight with us this weekend!!
    THANK YOU!!!

  13. Gaby — March 21, 2014 @ 12:20 pm

    Such a wonderful dessert, oatmeal cookies are my favorite and I know I’d love this cake!

  14. Liz — March 21, 2014 @ 12:37 pm

    I love this recipe. Thanks so much. I know I’ll love this one.

  15. Melanie @ Carmel Moments — March 21, 2014 @ 1:28 pm

    Oh yes! Love at first sight or love at first bite. :)

  16. char riippi — March 21, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

    I’m sold!!…I am going to make this tonight!!

  17. Heather Christo — March 21, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

    this looks awesome- love the cream cheese frosting!

  18. naomi — March 21, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

    I’m all over for cake, and one that tastes like an oatmeal cookie??? Pass me a double serving, PLEASE!

  19. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — March 21, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

    I’ll be making this cake this weekend for sure!! Yum!

  20. kelley — March 21, 2014 @ 4:42 pm

    My dads favorite cookies are oatmeal raisin. I know he’d love this cake. Bookmarking for later and making it for Fathers day!

  21. Danae @ reciperunner — March 21, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

    I love old fashioned cakes like this! They are easy to make and always taste delicious. This cake looks particularly yummy, I can’t wait to make it!

  22. Tieghan — March 21, 2014 @ 11:45 pm

    Oh I love this cake!! The frosting sounds perfect!

  23. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 22, 2014 @ 12:43 am

    Love this dressed up cookie cake and the cream cheese frosting is perfect!

  24. kisma — March 22, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    I just died a little inside. This looks wonderfully Delicious!

    I may have to try it this weekend minus the chocolate. (an unfortunate allergy).

  25. atasteofmadess — March 22, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    I actually don’t make cakes often either. I just can’t get frosting to spread right..
    This cake looks divine. Oatmeal, Chocolate chips AND cream cheese in a cake? Count me in!

  26. Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — March 22, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    My sweet tooth is screaming for this cake! Beautiful pictures! Pinning

  27. Clever Hen — March 22, 2014 @ 11:51 am

    Love this down-home recipe. I think it is a perfect family dinner dessert! Thanks for the recipe.

  28. Jamie — March 22, 2014 @ 4:27 pm

    That looks delicious!!! I’m going to have to try this!

  29. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — March 23, 2014 @ 9:41 pm

    It’s got oatmeal…so it’s a perfectly acceptable breakfast, right? It’s beautiful and I can see why you always make it for company! This sounds like the perfect dessert! Pinned!

  30. Shari — March 24, 2014 @ 9:55 am

    Cake was so good and moist! Tastes like Potbelly Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies but in cake form. Now a favorite!

  31. Jeanelle — March 24, 2014 @ 3:06 pm

    I made this yesterday and it turned out perfectly. We all loved it! My oven had it baked perfectly after about 32 minutes in a glass 9×13. I also made a full batch of frosting just because I didn’t want to get out my scale and measure the cream cheese (I’m such a lazy baker!) so I’m putting the leftover frosting on graham crackers later. :) Thanks so much for sharing this recipe – it’s a total keeper!

  32. Easy cakes are the way to go! Looks yummy!

  33. I love old fashioned cakes like this! Simple but elegant for sure. Can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

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  35. Linda — March 31, 2014 @ 7:45 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. I brought it to a church potluck lunch and it was the first dessert to be gone. I had to sneak a bite of my friends piece. I am making it again for this weeks lunch too!
    Thanks for sharing!

  36. RJ — April 3, 2014 @ 8:02 am

    Made this – a bit overcooked at 35 minutes. I thought at first the 375 was a mistake, but baked at that temp. I will make again and check earlier to see if it is done. :-) It is delicious – even a bit overdone.

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  38. Judy — May 15, 2014 @ 3:51 pm

    Do the rest of the ingredients stay the same if I omit the chocolate chips….I can’t have that!

  39. Avra-Sha Faohla — November 27, 2014 @ 5:21 pm

    Does this used old-fashioned or quick oats?

    • Two Peas replied: — November 28th, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

      I used old fashioned but quick oats would work too!

  40. Alex — March 6, 2015 @ 1:30 pm

    I made this for my grandma’s birthday and my friend and I ate a piece without frosting to make sure it was “good” lol. WOW blown away..even without the frosting this cake is absolutely delicious!!

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