August 11, 2009

Butterscotch Bark Cake


I hadn't made this in a long time, but it is a favorite from my childhood.

1 C quick-cooking oats
6 oz. butterscotch chips
3/4 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 C butter
2 eggs
1 1/2 C flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/2 C raisins
1/2 C nuts (I leave these out)

Preheat oven to 350. Combine 1 1/2 C boiling water and oats. Let stand.

Melt butterscotch chips over hot (not boiling) water. Set aside.

Combine sugars and butter. Beat well. Beat in eggs. Blend in oats and butterscotch. Add flour, soda, and salt. Beat well. Add raisins and nuts, if using.

Pour into greased 9 x 13" pan. Bake 35 - 40 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.

1/4 C milk
2 T butter
1/2 t salt
6 oz. semisweet chips
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 C confectioner's sugar

Put chips, vanilla, and sugar in large mixing bowl.

Combine milk, butter, and salt. Bring just to a boil. Pour over chips vanilla, and sugar in mixing bowl and start beating immediately (the idea is that the chips will mostly but not completely melt into the frosting). If frosting is too stiff, add more milk; if too soft, add more confectioner's sugar. Beat until almost smooth. Spread on cooled cake and make bark designs with a fork. Store in the refrigerator.

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