Recipe courtesy of Mary Thomas and Mary Thomas

Groundhog Cake

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 1 13 by 9-inch cake
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1 cup quick or old-fashioned oats

1 1/2 cups boiling water

1 (6-ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate morsels

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups unsifted flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda


1 teaspoon freeze-dried instant coffee granules

2 tablespoons cream or milk

1/4 cup butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 cups or more sifted confectioners' sugar


  1. Pour boiling water into a large glass measuring cup. Stir in the oats. Place the chocolate morsels over the top of the oatmeal -- do not stir!, Let stand for 20 minutes until the oats are soft and the chocolate is melted.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and gradually beat in the sugars. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add the oats and melted chocolate, mixing well. Add the flour, salt and baking soda. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Transfer the batter to a greased and floured baking pan (13 by 9 by 2-inches). Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes, or until the cake starts to leave the sides of the pan and springs back at the touch of a finger. Cool 10 minutes in pan, shake loose, and turn out on rack to cool completely. Frost and decorate if desired.


  1. In a custard cup, dissolve the instant coffee in the milk or cream. In a bowl, cream butter until light, add vanilla, salt and gradually blend in sifted confectioners' sugar with the coffee-milk mixture. Use enough sugar for a good spreading consistency.
  2. Yield: frosting for the top of a 13 by 9-inch cake