Grandpa’s Old-Fashioned Apple Raisin Oatmeal Cake Brings Back Old World Flavors (and Memories) by Elisa Schmitz

Cakes/Cupcakes Desserts
2 years ago

Grandpa’s Old-Fashioned Apple Raisin Oatmeal Cake Brings Back Old World Flavors (and Memories)

My father is from the former Yugoslavia, and I grew up eating Old World dishes created by my grandmother. After Grandma passed away, Dad, now a grandfather of five, has been trying to recreate her delicious recipes to bring back that old-fashioned goodness.

One of his favorite flavor combinations is apple-raisin, which Grandma used in a variety of cakes and cookies. In honor of my dad’s birthday, I made this nostalgic apple raisin oatmeal cake to bring back those Old World flavors (and memories) he craves. Hope this easy dessert recipe brings back all the feels for you, too.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 to 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 to 45 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 3 cups rolled oats (I used quick-cook oats)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 - 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 - 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • dash of salt
  • 2 cups diced apples (I used honey crisp)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Here's how to make it:

  1. Put all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.
  2. Pour the batter into a 13x9-inch baking pan or glass baking dish (I sprayed mine with cooking spray first). Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Allow to cool a bit before serving. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.

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Rolled Oats $2 & Up
Quick Oats $2 & Up
Flour $2 & Up
Baking Powder $1 & Up
Cinnamon $2 & Up
Vanilla Extract $4 & Up
Raisins $3 & Up
Walnuts $4 & Up

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Donna John
This cake looks so moist. Love the flavor combination. What's the story with the plate? Love it. :-) Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you, Donna John . I am trying to bring back those good feelings for my dad, so I hope a little bit of cake helps! The plate has a fun story behind it. Dieter Schmitz and I discovered Douwe Egberts, a Dutch coffee company, on our European travels. Not only is their coffee delicious, but their brand logo also shares our initials (D&E), so we took to it for that reason as well. We love their vintage coffee cups and saucers (especially this fun dessert plate that has a slot for a fork or spoon)!
Dieter Schmitz
I’m blessed to be the “D” in D&E!! ☕️
Elisa Schmitz
And I’m blessed to be your E. ❤️

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