Lazy Daisy Cake Recipe
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Lazy Daisy Cake Recipe

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We couldn't wait until Mom sliced this old-fashioned cake with its caramel-like frosting, loaded with chewy coconut. Even after one of Mom's delicious meals, one piece of this cake wasn't enough. -Darlis Wilfer, Phelps, Wisconsin
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:16-20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 343 calories, 15g fat (10g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick and pale yellow, about 4 minutes. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to egg mixture and beat just until combined. In a saucepan, bring milk and butter to a boil, stirring constantly. Add to batter and beat until combined.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  3. Combine frosting ingredients; spread over warm cake. Broil 4 in. from heat until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Lazy Daisy Cake in Taste of Home October/November 1995, p35

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cherylyoung User ID: 5912806 235964
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2015

"The cake was more dense than I like but had a really good taste. Next time I make it, I'll broil the icing a little bit longer."

NancyStillman User ID: 6381604 221359
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

"This is a great cake, simple to make and a great pot luck or picnic dessert. Have been making since the recipe was first printed in1995."

cher123825 User ID: 8127619 11625
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2014

"My mother use to make this. I also made it for years. I love the icing and couldn't remember how to make the icing. I didn't know if my mother made it up or if I would really find it. And I did. thank you"

robnat420 User ID: 2092551 8798
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2014

"This cake is SOOOO yummy... very moist and the icing is delicious..."

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 200244
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"please remove rating - wrong recipe"

Brontespet User ID: 6146023 9482
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"This is one of my favorite cakes. I don't think I have ever come across anyone that didn't love it."

jillizbizi User ID: 5810791 4650
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"This yummy cake is a huge hit at my Church coffee hour. It has a very "old fashioned" taste to it, I think because of the hot milk. Do not be afraid to make this cake, it is super easy and the results are fool-proof, just don't over broil the topping."

sdandy4 User ID: 6095762 9092
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"Scrumptious!!! It's good with chopped pecans added to the topping as well. I use 1 cup coconut and 1 cup chopped pecans. Yummy!!"

Elizabeth0085 User ID: 3429078 9091
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"This cake is delicious- the topping is so Yummy! My sister and I often would swipe some of the topping to eat, leaving a bare cake beneath!"

debra32 User ID: 5369153 200243
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2011

"As a child my Grandmother made a "lazy Daisy cake" for me. Well she actually made two, one for me and one for everyone else. I lost the recipe and was so glad to find this. The only thing different is the topping. I believe she omited it as I don't remember it and actually didn't like it. I think it would be better with just a brown sugar & butter carmelization and forget the coconut. cake tasted just like Grandmas! So Yum!"

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