Lazy Daisy Cake

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This Lazy Daisy Cake is an old-fashioned recipe that has stood the test of time thanks to its moist buttery cake and broiled coconut and brown sugar topping. It’s also a breeze to make and travels beautifully!

two pieces of lazy daisy cake.

The other day I was brainstorming with my mom about recipes that I could make and share here on the blog. My mom used to be a chef at a cafe in my hometown and has a bunch of delicious recipes from that time.

We got on the topic of desserts and she mentioned this Lazy Daisy Cake. It sounded a bit basic to me when I first heard it, but my goodness am I so glad I tried it. Friends, it’s incredible.

piece of lazy daisy cake.

This is an old-fashioned dessert that was supposedly invented back in the 1910s and popularized in the 40s. If you’ve been following along with Inspired by Charm, you’ll know how much I love old-fashioned recipes. I couldn’t be more excited to bring you another.

If you need a dessert for a potluck, picnic, or family get-together, you can trust this cake to be a winner!

Want more winning cake recipes? Try these:

lazy daisy cake in pan.

What is a Lazy Daisy Cake?

The base of the cake is essentially a hot milk cake in which melted butter and milk are mixed into a simple batter. This gives a unique flavor and creates a tender, dense, and moist cake. It’s similar to a pound cake.

piece of lazy daisy cake on plate.

While the cake is delicious on its own, the brown sugar and coconut topping take it to the next level. It’s what makes this recipe truly special. The topping is mixed together, spread onto the cake, and then broiled to a gooey, caramelly, toasted perfection.

If you’re a fan of coconut, you’re going to love this! Not a fan, this recipe may change your mind.

Let’s bake!

lazy daisy cakes on plates in pans.

How To Make:

Ready to give this Lazy Daisy Cake a try? Let me walk you through the steps to make this dessert. For your convenience, there is a printable recipe card with detailed ingredient amounts and recipe instructions at the end of this post.

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13×9 baking pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, brown sugar, and eggs until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the sugar and egg mixture and whisk until just combined. Set aside.
dry ingredients in mixing bowl.
  1. Add the milk and butter to a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. While whisking, slowly add the boiling mixture to the batter. Whisk until smooth and combined. Pour this batter into the prepared pan.
cake batter pouring into pan.
  1. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  2. Just before the cake is finished baking, prepare the coconut topping by melting the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Then, stir in the brown sugar and milk until combined. Add in the coconut and stir to evenly coat.
  3. When the cake is finished baking, spread the topping over the cake and place it under the broiler for three to four minutes or until it is bubbly and the coconut begins to toast.
broiling top of lazy daisy cake.
  1. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Recipe Notes:

  • This Lazy Daisy Cake can be served warm or at room temperature.
  • Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
lassie daisy cake in pan
fork into lazy daisy cake.

Baked and Broiled to Perfection:

And that’s how you make a Lazy Daisy Cake!

I couldn’t get enough of this cake. I actually had to pack it up and give it to my brother before I ate the whole darn thing.

lazy daisy cake on plates on table.

If you’re looking for a dessert recipe that has stood the test of time and is loved by many, then you need to give this recipe a try.

As always, enjoy, and happy baking!

plated lazy daisy cake.

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lazy daisy cake in pan and plated.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, coconut, dessert, easy, milk cake
Servings: 12
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
This Lazy Daisy Cake is an old-fashioned recipe that has stood the test of time thanks to its moist buttery cake and broiled coconut and brown sugar topping. It’s also a breeze to make and travels beautifully!

Ingredients

Coconut Topping:
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

Instructions

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13×9 baking pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the sugar and egg mixture and whisk until just combined. Set aside.
  • Add the milk and butter to a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • While whisking, slowly add the boiling mixture to the batter. Whisk until smooth and combined. Pour this batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Just before the cake is finished baking, prepare the coconut topping by melting the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and milk until combined. Add in the coconut and stir to evenly coat.
  • When the cake is finished baking, spread the topping over the cake and place it under the broiler for three to four minutes or until it is bubbly and the coconut begins to toast.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Notes

Cake can be served warm or at room temperature. 
 
This cake can be stored refrigerated in an airtight container for 3 days. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 531kcalCarbohydrates: 81gProtein: 6gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 345mgPotassium: 171mgFiber: 2gSugar: 62gVitamin A: 596IUCalcium: 110mgIron: 2mg
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  • Cheri at

    This recipe is a blast from my past! Just made it today for my elderly neighbors 92nd and 85th birthday and they loved it! Thanks for bringing back an old favorite!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      So happy to hear this Cheri! I’m glad they enjoyed it!!! YAY!!

      xo Michael

  • wordle unlimited at

    I have been making this cake for years. In fact it is the first cake I ever made back in the 60’s. For me it was called Easy Toasted Coconut Cake.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Love that! I’m all for old fashioned recipes making a comeback!

      xo Michael

  • Lynn Lindberg at

    My great grandmother, grandmother and Mom all made this cake, It was always my favorite. But they never wrote it down anywhere and I had searched in the past looking for a recipe like it. So, thank you for posting, will be making as everyones favorite, just as the three generations before me 🙂

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Love that! I can’t wait for you to make it. Enjoy and happy memories!

      xo Michael

  • Jana at

    Perfect as usual!

  • Mary at

    My mom sued to make this! Thanks for posting. It’s sooooo good!

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