Lazy Daisy Cake

Lazy Daisy Cake

A single-layer, square yellow cake with a broiled brown sugar, coconut and pecan topping that tastes like candy. . . kind of like a praline. It has an old-fashioned, Southern-inspired feel to it that I find charming.

The cake is unlike any I’ve made before because after beating the eggs, sugar and dry ingredients together it’s time to beat in the boiling hot milk and butter(?). The method is weird but the result is not.

Moist, sturdy and tender, it’s one of the best yellow cakes I ever tasted.

Once the cake is baked the topping ingredients are melted together in a sauce pan with butter and slathered over the top of the cake. A few minutes under the broiler and you have a golden brown, gooey topping that tastes like some of the best candy ever.

Best yellow cake + best candy topping.

I’m sensing a theme here.

Lazy Daisy Cake
This is nice for those times when you’re looking for something different. Maybe you’re tired of the traditional frosted and coffee cakes but want a sweet little snack to nosh on with your coffee or tea.

Something that doesn’t take a long time to make with a list of ingredients a mile long but is still impressive.

This is all of that and more.

A unique cake definitely worth making.

Lazy Daisy Cake
Lazy Daisy Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 1 (9x9) Cake

Lazy Daisy Cake

A single-layer, square yellow cake with a broiled brown sugar, coconut and pecan topping that tastes like candy. . . kind of like a praline. It has an old-fashioned, Southern-inspired feel to it that I find charming.


2 large eggs
1 cup (7 ounces) granulated sugar
1 cup (4 1/4 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1 + 1/2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (4 5/8 ounces) brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup pecans
For serving:
whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour an 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs till frothy.
  3. Add the sugar and beat on high 3 minutes.
  4. On low speed beat in the flour, baking powder and salt until just combined.
  5. In a small saucepan on medium-high heat the milk and butter together to boiling. Add to the bowl, beating on low speed until fully combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile make the topping:
  8. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and add the brown sugar, milk and coconut. Stir until the sugar is completely melted then mix in the pecans. Pour the topping over the cake and spread it from edge to edge.
  9. Heat up the broiler and broil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the topping is lightly golden brown and bubbling (watch it carefully as it can go from golden brown to burnt in a matter of seconds). Cool on wire rack.
  10. Cut into squares and serve with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream if desired.


Recipe from King Arthur Flour

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  1. says

    That topping is intriguing! It sounds so tasty! I’ve never heard of this kind of cake so thanks for introducing it to me Reeni!

    Moon, hope you’re enjoying warm sunpuddles this week! Purrs, Angel & Isabella

  2. says

    The cake sounds wonderful. I have made chocolate cakes that call for boiling water but not milk. I bet the cake is nice and moist. But I have to admit the topping for this cake that got me. I love coconut topping like this on cakes. I am sad to say though no one like coconut in our house, but me. I think I will have to make when we have company.

  3. Denise says

    This was my favorite cake growing up 50+ years ago. I made it for my children and I continue to make it today. The cake has a different texture and delicious taste. The frosting is to die for. I’m don’t gravitate toward traditional frostings. My recipe does not call for pecans. I am certainly going to have to add pecans the next time I make the cake. Thank you!

    • says

      Lucky you for growing up with it Denise! I’m so glad I discovered it! It’s going to be one of my favorites now too. I hope you like it with the pecans!

  4. says

    Sometimes I read recipe instructions and I’m like…how do people come up with this!? This is one of those times…but in a good way! The boiling milk and butter sure is weird, but the end result is gorgeous. So why fix something that ain’t broken, right?

  5. says

    That does sound good. I’ve never heard of a frosting made like that. It always makes me curious about what made someone put those ingredients together and then put it all under the broiler. I’ve never been real experimental in the kitchen so I find the ability to do that fascinating

  6. Annette says

    Reeni – this is too funny! I JUST pinned a couple of Lazy Daisy cake recipes last night. It was my favorite cake as a child, and I wanted to make it and see if I still liked it as much now. So, your version will get pinned to my board, too. thanks so much!!!

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