Oaty Maple Breakfast Cake

Bake up some maple-oat deliciousness in this easy to prep breakfast cake.

Oaty Maple Breakfast Cake - Bake up some maple-oat deliciousness in this easy to prep breakfast cake.

After living our entire lives in southern California, my husband and I had the crazy idea to uproot our family and relocate to the Midwest. We lived there for five years. There were lots of good things that came from that experience, as well as a lot of really hard things: finances, harsh (to us) weather, and a distance from anything familiar or comfortable.

My husband grew up in Santa Barbara with the ocean on one side of him and mountains on the other. Kansas isn’t like that. He’d always been able to orient himself with directions because the Santa Barbara mountains are north. There wasn’t a big landmark to help him in KC; it’s pretty much flat.

Oaty Maple Breakfast Cake - Bake up some maple-oat deliciousness in this easy to prep breakfast cake.

While we were prepared to live there forever, we were more than thrilled when an opportunity came to move home. Before that happened, though, we looked for small reminders of home.

When my favorite enchilada sauce showed up at my Walmart I literally shouted with glee. A trip to Chipotle, the closest thing we could find to our style of Mexican food, was little a mini-vacation. And FishPapa enjoyed Starbucks’ Maple-Oat Scones often during the cold winter months because they reminded him of home and the guys he would meet for coffee in the morning.

Oaty Maple Breakfast Cake - Bake up some maple-oat deliciousness in this easy to prep breakfast cake.

This cake is the result of my efforts to mimic my husband’s favorite coffeehouse maple-oat scones. Baking it all into a cake makes for easy prep work while still featuring all of the fabulous, mapley-oaty goodness. My friend Jessika, also a Maple-Oat Scone fan, attests that this recipe does the job.

This recipe is one of our family’s favorites for a not-too-sweet breakfast treat or afternoon snack. It’s also part of my newest recipe collection Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fabulous Feasts for $10 or Less.

Be sure to pre-order your copy of the book as most of the recipes will not available online.  Consider this a sneak peek.

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  1. I always smile when you list the things you didn’t like about Kansas. They are often the very same things I really miss since moving away a few years ago. I loved the weather – seasons but none too harsh. I loved the open plains with vistas that go on for miles. I moved to an old river city without a single straight street in contrast to the easy to navigate township and range grid system in the Midwest. As the old saying goes, one man’s remorse is another man’s reminiscence.

  2. Thanks for the timely recipe as I just ordered a 50 lb bag of rolled oats from Azure. I will also be gone all day Thursday and this should help to keep the family snacking while I am gone. I love any excuse to eat cake for breakfast. Thanks, again!

  3. Oh, this sounds like my kind of recipe.

  4. Lisa Stroz says:

    Could you use almond milk instead of half and half?

  5. I made this recipe today and it is very good. I think the next time I make it I’ll increase the salt to 1/2 tsp as it seemed a bit “flat” to me. In addition, the two tsp of maple flavoring seems like a LOT. I put in literally 4 drops and was happy with the flavor, although the color of the icing was not as dark as yours. Anyway, JMO. It was easy to make and I’ll put it in my “school morning” rotation. My kids will be happy for something new and tasty.

  6. Ooh, I can’t wait to make this! I so love your recipes, books and everything else! And can’t wait for the new book!

  7. I’m trying to stock my freezers before Baby #3 arrives. Could this recipe be doubled and frozen?

  8. 2 questions: if I were to freeze and give to a friend who is about to have a baby, should I just give her the icing recipe and let her make it herself?

    Hubby doesn’t like maple syrup. Would this work with honey or brown sugar?

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