Gooey Hot Fudge Oat Cake

I don't even know where to start with this cake. Or brownie. Or fudgy goodness thing. Whatever you want to call it. All I know is some friends were coming over for dessert last week and I needed to make something that could feed a crowd. I decided to bake this cake that I had pinned ages ago and it was one of the best chocolate baked goods I've ever eaten. My husband thinks it's the best dessert he's ever eaten.
This is one of the strangest cake recipes I've ever made and it did take a few extra steps so be sure to give yourself some extra time to make it. The craziest part is that you cover the entire cake with a cocoa powder/brown sugar mixture and then pour boiling water on top. Yeah...makes no sense, right? Well I'm not sure what the technique actually does, but it was amazing. A 5-star recipe my friends.
Cake-like on top and fudgy goodness on the bottom. Serve with some vanilla ice cream and berries and you've got yourself a real winner!

Gooey Hot Fudge Oat Cake
Slightly Adapted from Oh Sweet Basil
For the Cake
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 3/4 cup flour
1 Tbsp. plus 1 1/2 tsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup water
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 (1.69 oz.) Quaker Quick 3-Minute Brown Sugar Cinnamon Steel Cut Oat packages
1 cup milk chocolate chips
vanilla ice cream and berries for garnish

1. Spray a 9x13" baking dish with cooking spray and heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a glass measuring cup, combine the buttermilk and water and heat in the microwave until hot but not boiling. (Work with 20-30 second intervals.) Pour into a large bowl and add the steel cut oats, stirring to combine. Allow to sit for 20 minutes.
3. In the bowl of a standing mixer, mix the oil, butter, sugar and brown sugar together. Add the eggs and mix again.
4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa. Whisk to combine and add to the egg mixture. (This should make a very thick batter.) Once the oats are soft and have absorbed some of the liquid, mix it into the batter. Stir in the chocolate chips and then pour into a baking dish.

For the Topping
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 3/4 cup boiling water

1. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cocoa and sprinkle on top of the cake batter.
Pour the boiling water over the top of the cake. (It won’t cover the entire cake.)

2. Bake the entire cake for 45 minutes and serve with ice cream and berries while still hot.


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