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Lazy Daisy Cake

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!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, coconut, dessert, easy, milk cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 531kcal


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


  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13x9 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.


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


Calories: 531kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 345mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 596IU | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 2mg