(a very basic and not-too-sweet cake)
for TX Poppet, who asked
Preheat oven to 350.
Melt 1/2 cup butter, mix with 2/3 cup molasses in bottom of large bowl.
1 cup rolled oats*
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
and 1/2 teaspoons of:
pinch of cloves
Stir with 2/3 cup milk. It will make a lumpy, odd batter.
Greased square pan about 30 minutes or so. Done when cake begins to pull away from the edges of the pan.
Also really good with a handful of chopped pecans, topped with any icing or glaze. Or eaten straight out of the pan. Your call.
*Using rolled oats gives it a definitively bumpy texture. I've been known to run the oats through my food processor for a minute or so to break them up a bit, too. This makes a smoother cake.
This makes the house smell fantastic and is an easy thing to whip up before the kids get home.