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Chocolate oatmeal cake is an adorable muffin-sized treat

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Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream

We all have recipes or special dishes that are indelibly imprinted onto our brains from childhood. Your grandmother's apple pie, your mother's pot roast, Great Aunt Suzy's homemade bread with strawberry freezer jam, we ALL have them. When I was in my always awkward middle school years, my mother stumbled upon a recipe that has become legend in our family along with a few other lucky families in our social circles. Until then, my Mom was the Queen of cake mixes and I was totally fine with that. I loved breaking into those boxes together with her and whipping up a tasty treat in just a few minutes.

Then one day she baked a chocolate cake that was unlike any kind of cake that I had ever tasted in my short, box cake filled life. It was ooey, gooey and covered in chocolate chips... So many chocolate chips on top that this cake had no need for any type of frosting. It was like a mix between a chocolate cake with some elements of brownie sneaking through. It was amazing!!

Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
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She made all kinds of variations with it, sometimes she added roasted almonds. That was when I discovered that nuts really weren't all that gross as my former nut hating middle school self soon confessed.

Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
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She played around with added cherry pie filling and it was amazing. Soon, people started calling and requesting that she bring this specific Chocolate Oatmeal cake to all of their pot luck functions. Children in the neighborhood came over and requested this cake for their birthdays (Richard, you know you who I'm talking about!) Basically it became legendary. I started having strange thoughts like, "when did my Mom become the chocolate cake ROCK STAR?" "Why on earth is she constantly baking chocolate cakes for EVERYONE's Birthday's?" You know that snarky middle school mindset. It seemed like at least once a week she was baking one of these cakes. It wasn't until I matured and starting becoming more and more interested in the happenings in the kitchen that I soon learned this woman's amazing secret... This cake was SO EASY TO MAKE!

Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
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It takes mere minutes to whip-up, you don't even need a fancy Kitchen-Aid, and it's obviously a crowd pleaser. She then passed the recipe on to me and now I pass it on to you! Yes, YOU can become the chocolate cake ROCK STAR in your neighborhood as well! Here's how you make it...

Hershey Chocolate Oatmeal Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup uncooked oatmeal (quick or old-fashioned)
  • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1 package of HERSHEY’S Chocolate Chips (semi-sweet or milk)
  • 3/4 cup chopped roasted almonds

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, add the oatmeal.
    Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
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  2. Pour the boiling water over oatmeal.
    Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
    Image: Heather Thoming/SheKnows
  3. Cut the butter into small pieces and add them to the warm oatmeal mixture, so that they will melt.
    Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
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  4. Stir butter into the mixture and let sit for 5 minutes to let the oatmeal bloom. Add the brown and white sugar and mix well.
    Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
    Image: Heather Thoming/SheKnows
    Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
    Image: Heather Thoming/SheKnows
  5. Beat the eggs and then add them into the mixture.
    Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
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  6. Set the mixture aside and mix your dry ingredients together: flour, salt, baking soda and HERSHEY'S Cocoa.
    Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
    Image: Heather Thoming/SheKnows
    Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
    Image: Heather Thoming/SheKnows
  7. Whisk the dry ingredients together and add them to your wet ingredients.
    Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
    Image: Heather Thoming/SheKnows
    Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
    Image: Heather Thoming/SheKnows
  8. Mix everything until the dry ingredients are fully incorporated, and then add half the bag of HERSHEY'S Chocolate Chips. Mix Well!
    Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
    Image: Heather Thoming/SheKnows
    Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
    Image: Heather Thoming/SheKnows
  9. Pour the mixture into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish coated in cooking spray — or into individual cake molds or oven safe ramekins.
    Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
    Image: Heather Thoming/SheKnows
  10. Top generously with HERSHEY’S Chocolate Chips.
    Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
    Image: Heather Thoming/SheKnows
  11. Bake in a 350˚ oven for 40 minutes for a 9 x13 pan or 25 minutes for ramekins or cake molds.
  12. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Now, this cake is lovely at room temperature, but it is out-of-this-world when it's right out of the oven topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
    Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
    Image: Heather Thoming/SheKnows

Grab a friend and your favorite hot beverage and enjoy!

Treat yourself to these bite-sized oatmeal cakes topped with ice cream
Image: Heather Thoming/SheKnows

Like I said... There is NO NEED to frost this cake. The melted chocolate on top is enough. You can always dress it up with a craft like this...

But there's really no need for this no-fuss, scrumptious chocolate oatmeal cake that is going to make you a ROCK STAR. And hey... It has oatmeal in it. That means it qualifies as breakfast food as well!

This post is part of collaboration between Hershey’s and SheKnows

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