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 twopeasandtheirpod.com 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 twopeasandtheirpod.com 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!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com Who wants a piece?

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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!
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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


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch glass or light-colored metal baking pan. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ¾ cup of raisins if you wish. My dad likes this cake with raisins:)

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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

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

  3. 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!!!

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

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

  6. 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!

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

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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!

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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!!

  17. Making this for a Memorial Day weekend get together. Smells delicious! Can’t wait to try it. Definitely going to save room for desert.

  18. It would be really helpful if you could please add the nutritional facts, calories , WW points etc to your recipes. I have made many of your recipes already and really enjoy them but it would be terrific if you could please add this info.

  19. JUdt started along this before i realized it calls for DARK brown sugar which I dont have.    I will be trying it with light and let you know how it goes!!