Hogmanay Cake Good Enough For All Year

In Scotland, there’s a tradition of giving oat cakes to children on New Year’s Eve. This is the same land that gave us the traditional song “Auld Lang Syne.”  This New Year tradition of the oat cake is called Hogmanay.

While we couldn’t find a genuine recipe for Hogmanay cake, we did find one a few years ago that comes close. Or at least it comes close enough. What’s more, this oatmeal cake is good enough to eat all year round. It’s easy and quick. It makes a nice big 9×13-inch pan of moist cake.


In addition to the 9×13 baking pan, you’ll need two mixing bowls (one for wet and one for dry), a whisk, a spatula, a small bowl (like a cereal bowl), baking cooking spray, and the usual measuring spoons and cups including a glass measuring cup that can go in the microwave.


  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water.
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats.
  • 1/2 cup butter or vegetable oil. I prefer oil. If you want to keep the fat on this even lower, use 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce.
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, I use the Splenda half-and-half mixture.
  • 3/4 cup white sugar.
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. A little extra won’t hurt.
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins.
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Pour the boiling water over the oats and let stand for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9×13-inch baking pan.
  3. Cream the butter or oil with the sugar until light. Beat in the eggs. Then add the oats and vanilla, mixing well.
  4. Combine the baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and flour. Mix until combined. Add the raisins to the flour mixture and coat well.
  5. Add the raisin and flour mixture and the nuts to the oatmeal mixture and stir to combine. Stir just enough to get all the dry ingredients wet, over mixing makes the cake tough. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 minutes or until a tester or toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

This cake is great all on its own. But it also would be great topped with a little powdered sugar, whipped cream, or applesauce.

Happy New Year! Hogmanay!