This is the best gluten free dessert I have had yet. And to make it crazier... I made it! Woo hoo!
But there is a lot behind this piece of cake. It's memories for me. Good memories from my childhood which says a lot, because there weren't a lot of those.
One of my best childhood friends and I used to make this cake at her house, and it was my favorite. Their family accepted me into their home as if I was there own and it made a huge impact on me. They are part of the reasons I know whole families exist and can make it when times are tough. I'm so grateful that I had that time with them!
So, I took this cake(which wasn't meant to be GF) and turned it GF because I thought it was one that would work really well.
And it did! Score. I swear it's a little piece of heaven. MMmmmm... I could have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I still have the little note cards that hold the recipe, in my friends pretty handwriting.
-1 cup oatmeal(quick)
-1/2 cup coconut oil
-1 cup brown sugar
-1cup white sugar
-1 1/2 cups Better Batter flour
-3 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 cup applesauce
-1/2 cup butter
-1 cup brown sugar
-1 tsp vanilla
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 cup or more of chopped pecans
Set oven for 350 degrees.
Oil two round 8 inch pans with some coconut oil and dust with a little flour.
Pour 1 1/2 cups of boiling water over 1 cup oatmeal and let stand.
Cream: 1/2 cup coconut oil, 2 eggs, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup white sugar
Add the above 2 portions together.
In another bowl mix the flour and baking powder together and it to the above mixture and
1 tsp of cinnamon and 1 cup of applesauce and mix well.
Divide the mixture into the two pans and bake for 30 minutes.
Once you remove the pans let the sit for 5 minutes and then remove from pan onto cooling racks.
While you allow them to cool make the topping:
Melt 1/2 cup of butter, and then add 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup can sweetened condensed milk, 1 tsp vanilla, cook on medium heat, and beat until smooth. Then add, 1 cup of chopped pecans, optional 1 cup coconut. I omit the coconut because I'm not a fan. But if you are, then go for it!
Once your topping is ready. Carefully take one of the cakes and put it on a pretty plate and top it with a light layer or the topping. Top it with the second cake and rest of the topping.
Now prepare yourself to be amazed. It's so good... it's unreal. Try not to eat the whole thing in once sitting. No it's really to filling and rich for that but the taste is so divine you will think about it!
My kids even said they wanted it for their birthday! Divine, I'm tellin' ya!